Regent’s Canal Walk, Part 1

Gosh, it has been absolutely ages since I have written a post on here! I have no excuses, just life! Anyhow, this post is about a trip on Saturday we did to a part of London we had never been to before. The Regent’s Canal Walk, as part of the Jubilee Greenway, takes you through Little Venice, past Regent’s Park and London Zoo, finishing at Camden Town.

Unfortunately, we didn’t quite complete this walk, because one of my sandals started to fall apart as we were going past Regent’s Park, so we did a detour that involved meandering around Primrose Hill, before getting to Chalk Farm tube station to go home.

We began by getting off at Warwick Avenue tube station and walking towards Little Venice. The term Little Venice was originally (allegedly) used to describe the point where the Grand Union Canal meets the Regent’s Canal; however it now refers to the whole area to the south of Maida Vale, an affluent residential area and popular tourist spot. The convergence of the three waterways meet in a large pool, Browning’s Pool (also known as “Little Venice Lagoon” or “the Lagoon”), which is home to many picturesque and interesting boats, including a cafe, a floating art gallery and a puppet theatre.

The towpath is mostly inaccessible to pedestrians along the next part of Blomfield Road as it is a private area for residential boats, so we walked along the road, passing three blue plaques (Arthur Lowe, the actor, John Masefield, the poet, and Guy Gibson, leader of the Dambusters raid). The Jubilee Greenway discs in the pavement are very useful in this stretch of the walk, because you do dip in and out of the towpath quite a bit.

The next part of the walk, as you get back onto the towpath via a signposted alleyway, is my favourite part of the walk. You step out of the tunnel into a little oasis, known as Lisson Grove Moorings.

Here, there are a number of moored boats, all very colourful, but the residents have also extended their living area onto the bank, so that there are interconnecting front gardens full of flowers, vegetable plants, fairy lights hanging from trees and other curiosities.

The next part of the towpath cuts through Regent’s Park, where there are some very grand houses that line the edge of the park.

It was here that we came off the towpath and onto Primrose Hill, the hill on the north side of Regent’s Park, and where I realised my sandal was falling apart. We came out of the park area and headed towards Chalk Farm tube station, walking through the district of Primrose Hill.

I’m hoping that we can return to the canal towpath and complete the walk in the near future. Thank you for looking!

All photos taken with the iPhone SE

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