I have lived in or around London for twenty five years now. It is such an amazing city steeped in history (not to mention some of the best places to eat and shop in the world)!
Twenty five years on, I am still discovering new and exciting areas. For a long time I have wanted to walk Regent’s Canal, an area new to me. Looking for something to do over the weekend, I searched ‘walks in London’ and came across Transport for London’s ‘Walk London‘ website. Here I was faced with multiple choices of areas to walk.
The route information is very clear; where you start and finish, with nearest public transport, and the section distance. This section was 3.7 miles (6 km). It also tells you, at a glance, places of interest on the way. This route passed through Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Kensington Palace Gardens and Little Venice.
There is a file you can download which includes a map and a detailed description of the route, including whether the section is suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs for example. Directions are clear and point out interesting things to look out for as well as ‘Did you Know?’ sections.
When we arrived at Little Venice, we were delighted to discover there was a canal festival taking place. I could not stop smiling. There was a brass band playing and barges for as far as the eye could see, festooned with brightly coloured bunting. The route ended here and we marked the occasion with tea and cake on board a barge cafe.
We continued with the second section of the Jubilee Greenway: Little Venice to Camden, which was a shorter, 2.3 miles (3.7 km). This walk took us along Regent’s Canal, past London Zoo, ending at Camden Lock. Walking by house boats had me dreaming of the simple life, although I am sure it’s not as ‘simple’ as I imagine! It was so far from the usual hustle and bustle of London, yet only minutes away from it.
The walk ended at Camden Lock, which was buzzing at the start of a sunny Saturday evening. We re-fuelled at one of the many street food stalls before heading to the tube station for our trip home.
I had such a good day and can’t wait to continue the Jubilee Greenway walks. Hats off to Transport for London for providing such a well detailed guide, which I highly recommend, whether you’re a London resident, or a visitor.