A Walk Along Regents Canal


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“The Regent’s Canal is one of London’s best-kept secrets – a peaceful haven often hidden by the surrounding buildings. Today it is well-loved by boaters, walkers and cyclists all looking to escape the capital’s busy streets”

 

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The 13.8 kilometre canal, completed in 1820, links the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal, just north-west of Paddington Basin in the west, to the Limehouse Basin and the River Thames in east London. I joined it one morning at Kings Cross and walked East.

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The Islington Tunnel is 886 metres long and is just wide enough for two canal boats to pass. You have to leave the tow path here and walk along a well signposted path to quaint Angel in Islington where you can rejoin the canal path.

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Angel

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You walk past moored canal boats, some grand and others less so. “How much does a boat cost” I asked a young man arranging flower pots on the deck of his smart canal boat. “About £100,000” he said. “It costs another 6 to 7 grand a year to moor it in the river or canal.”

After a series of locks, you reach an area with new blocks of flats with large balconies, on both sides of the canal.

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Pubs and cafes line the tow path and there were many sitting in the sun and drinking beer. We joined them.

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