Paddington’s depression?

No, Paddington Bear is certainly NOT going through a bad phase. This is about the real Paddington, that ‘depressing,’ ‘lifeless’ place developers such as Renzo Piano claim needs livening up. Fact #1 Paddington once had a lively town centre, with shops, cinemas, restuarants, and a famous theatre. Fact #2 The A40 Westway was sent right through the heart of Paddington. […]

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The duckweed war is lost!

Usually duckweed is seen on the canals during the middle of the summer season. This year its been the first for a very very long time duckweed has extended right into the end of the summer season, its now September and this is one of the thickest carpets of the green stuff so far known! It seems the reason is […]

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More from Little Venice….

Back in Little Venice during that latter part of this afternoon and I discover 1) more dogs with hats 2) its feeding time for the babe coots 3) a famous monument is a loo/storage facility 4) and it’s boats, flowers that wrap up the day! The monument commemorates Robert Browning however its unattractive despite being in a prominent part of […]

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Relief for pressurised Regent’s Canal towpath?

Today (2nd Sept) a leaflet dropped through the letter box. It details plans for a East-West cycle superhighway. Clearly this could provide some partial relief for the oversubscribed Regent’s Canal towpath route when one considers this along with the Barking to Tower Gateway route. The two routes combined would provide a through cycle route from Barking to Little Venice and […]

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Paddington’s Fan-tastic Bridge on test

The Fan Bridge at Paddington Basin was on test late afternoon/early evening today (28th July) and could be seen raised to the fullest extent. Here’s an article from the Daily Telegraph discussing the proposed bridge a couple of months ago. The Fan bridge will operate on Fridays only at the same time as the nearby rolling bridge. Sadly these bridges […]

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The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip #9

The streets of Hayes #2 This section is entirely on street walking and very little is to be seen of the former feeder. However its route can be reasonably traced all the way to the Paddington Arm at Hayes Gate. Despite not being able to closely follow the alignment through the various housing areas, it is possible to see the […]

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The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip #8

The streets of Hayes #1 This section is entirely on street walking and very little is to be seen of the former feeder. However its route can be traced all the way to the Grand Union Canal at Hayes Gate, near Southall. Some will know the location as being sited a short distance north of Hayes Bridge. Despite not being […]

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The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip #7

Charville Lane Estate to Yeading The eastern end of Weymouth Close is the next location at which the canal feeder can be seen. It is very overgrown, and to be fair, there isnt a lot to see on the remainder of the route as far as Marvell Avenue. But if perseverance is made one can find some substantial sections of […]

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The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip #6

Gutteridge Wood to Charville Lane Gutteridge Wood is one of the better woodlands in London. The only bugbear is the area’s extremely poor public transport, but this perhaps gives the woods their attraction – and remoteness from anything that pertains to be London! The main pathway heads eastwards, and any path that tangents off to the south crosses the former […]

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The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip #5

Sussex Road to Cutthroat Wood Above and below: The section of feeder just off Sussex Road, with its wider than usual accomodation bridge, looking like a tunnel of sorts The feeder near the southern end of Sussex Road.  To continue towards North Hillingdon, one must cross a field that eventually meets the A40 Westway. In a short distance the path […]

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