Little Venice - Camden Lock
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This is a linear walk along the Regent's Canal from the basin at Little Venice, past London Zoo to bustling Camden Lock.
It is a short and simple walk but with plenty to see along the way. This section of Britain's canal network was chosen for the walk as it has evidence of the period when the barges were pulled by horses. At nearly every bridge you can see the grooves cut by the ropes as the horse dragged the barges through the narrower gaps.
About halfway along the walk you pass 'Blow-up Bridge', so nick-named because it was, literally, blown up in an accident as a barge carrying gunpowder passed underneath. The crew were killed and the bridge had to be rebuilt. In doing so the huge supporting pillars were turned round through 180 degrees to even out the wear of the tow ropes. So now there are grooves on both sides of the pillars.
Deep grooves are also visible in the stone and iron handrails of the footbridge at Camden Lock, where the towpath crosses from one side of the canal to the other.
Other features of the walk are London Zoo's famous aviary, a magnificent structure and huge mansions in Regent's Park built to the designs of Paul Nash. A stroll around the stalls at Camden Lock finishes the walk off.
This walk features in the 'Pathways' book - for more information click on the link on the Walkingworld homepage.
England - South England - London - Canal Walk
Cafe, Good for Kids, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Public Transport
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