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
5/9/2016 - John RICHARDSON

I started from the Albert Hall and walked across the Park to Paddington Station. It was a lovely walk good directions very easy to follow. I had some lovely Mexican street food from one of the many stalls in the bustling market area at Camden Locks. I saw a side to London that I had never seen before and what a lovely way to explore. All in all I walked to Camden Locks and Back to the Albert Hall in about 3 hours, (About 10 miles I think) with a short stop for food. (I was walking Briskly) It nicely passed the time whilst she was rehearsing for The Really Big Chorus Version of Verdi's Requiem. and very pleasantly surprised to find Draft Spitfire on sale in the Albert Hall which you could take into the auditorium. Don't ask the price though.

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