Is Little Venice on the Grand Union Canal?

Canal & River Trust’s banner strung on the nothern side of the famous Little Venice pool proclaims: So Little Venice happens to be on the ‘Grand Union Canal’ only? The Regent’s isnt even mentioned! Let’s consider some facts. One: Little Venice would have never existed if the Regent’s Canal had not been built. Why’s that? The famous stretch of wide […]

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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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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’ – 3

Did a City of Westminster councillor fail the city in its duties? I decided to add this interim installment to this investigation of the towpath situation between Little Venice and Lisson Grove as I think it lends an important aspect to the failures in providing proper access and good signage for disabled people who wish to use the canal towpaths […]

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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’ – 2

We begin this section with a quote from London Canals’ 2006 report: Why is there a problem at Maida Hill & Lisson Grove? “Until the 1980’s there never used to be such major restrictons pertaining to the towpath in question. British Waterways’ proposals for a major waterborne light and sound show in 1989 meant that large numbers of boats moored […]

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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’

The subject of this 1st blog post is towpath accessibility – which seems appropriate as my life now focuses on disability rights & access. This issue of accessibility along the ‘substituted towpath’ section between Little Venice and Lisson Grove etc has been discussed in the past and was in fact the subject of a survey conducted by London Canals in […]

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Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 5 – Ladbroke Grove to Little Venice

The former Porta Bella dock, now another of those useless water features that people seem to like turning canals into. Whats all this talk of ‘restoration’ when this happens? Houses in Harrow Road whose backs are right on the canal’s edge. These are the only such examples left on London’s waterways. New flats by Harrow Road. Very little left in […]

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Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 4 – Harlesden to Kensal Green

A slightly scruffy looking stretch of canal belies these electricity substations and their service bridges east of Acton Lane, Harlesden. This was the site of METESCo’s Acton Lane power station, built in 1899. An aerial view of the complex can be seen at Britain from Above. The canal enters a lengthy cutting from Acton lane to Old Oak Road. This […]

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Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 3 – Alperton to Acton Lane

The canal has a lengthy run past Horsenden Hill Golf Course as far as the WLCC at Alperton. Despite the location it is surprisingly rural The West London Crusing Club’s moorings at Alperton Modern copy of a traditional bridge at Alperton – the concrete arch gives away its origin The visitor moorings at Alperton, next to the large Sainsburys superstore. […]

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