London’s Three Canal Tunnels – Maida Hill/Lisson Grove access paths

Maida Hill has no towpath so one has to walk over the top of the tunnel via Edgware Road, then walk along Aberdeen Place towards the junction with Cunningham Place, where a side passage between a block of flats and a electricity substation leads to the top of the eastern portal of the tunnel. Here can be found an information […]

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London’s Three Canal Tunnels – Eyre’s tunnel (Lisson Grove)

Perseus is seen here approaching the west portal of Lisson Grove tunnel – another boat having just come through it. The steerer was Mike, who had worked for the London Waterbus Company for many years, and this was his last year on the waterbuses, it being 2002. He had joined the company in 1983 and lived on a houseboat at […]

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London’s Three Canal Tunnels – Maida Hill photo gallery

We now focus on the Regents Canal’s two western tunnels, Maida Hill and Lisson Grove A trip on the waterbus takes people along the attractive stretch of canal by Blomfield Road and under the Edgware Road through Maida Hill Tunnel – a view of which is seen here (below) from Maida Avenue. Cafe Laville sits atop the tunnel Scenes from […]

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London’s Three Canal Tunnels – Islington Tunnel

The western portal of Islington Tunnel. This location is just a stone’s throw from the very busy central London locations of Kings Cross, Caledonian Road and Pentonville Road Islington Tunnel was offcially opened in 1820. It is not spectacularly long, but is considerably lengthy compared to most other tunnels in the south east. Currently it is the longest navigable canal […]

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London’s Three Canal Tunnels

Three canal tunnels exist in London. Two of them are on the popular western end of the Regents Canal between Little Venice and Regents Park, whilst the third is the longest and travels under Islington The Regents Canal tunnels at Islington, Maida Hill and Lisson Grove Casual visitors to London who take a trip on the waterbus will pass through […]

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The Hertford Union (or Ducketts) Canal

A short-cut from the Regent’s to the Lea/Lee Also known as Ducketts Canal as the main text will explain. The Hertford Union is the shortest canal in the capital, and the only one that has all its locks grouped together. It forms part of the mini London canal ring. (This constitutes of a trip down to Limehouse on the Regents, […]

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The Cumberland Arm

The Regents Canal’s long lost branch to the Euston/Great Portland Street area View of the entrance to the Cumberland Arm, with the chinese restaurant visible at left The Cumberland Arm served the market area and military facilities to the north of the Euston Road in Central London, and was about a half mile in length. It was built at the […]

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Other towpath projects – Hackney, Lee Valley, Grand Union

Other towpath projects Hackney’s unique towpath projects Another type preferred by Hackney – ‘Canal Markers’ Canal Marker with detail giving us the scheme’s origins. Canal Markers were specific to the Hackney section of the Regents Canal, and despite being labelled as ‘British Waterways’ they were actually comissioned by the LB Hackney with funding from the Dalston City Partnership. At least […]

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Other towpath projects in London – Islington tunnel, Green Chain, Green Link etc

Other towpath projects in London As previously explained, by 1977 the towpath had been improved right all the way across London as far as Hackney. Despite the GLC’s Canal Way scheme, the eastern London Boroughs were more into what seemed rather more local initiatives, such as the Green Link walk, Lea Valley Walk or the Bow Heritage Trail (Victoria Park/Hertford […]

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The Canal Way Plaques & what remains

The Canal Way Plaques Plaques sited underneath bridge arches are in poor condition, often rusting, due to repeated cleansing in removing graffiti off the walls. Those on stand alone posts or on offside/inaccessible walls are as a rule in generally good condition. Notes: ‘BWB’ denotes the old British Waterways Board. *No longer on site or severely damaged The strange bollards […]

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