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Further Along The Regent’s Canal

February 9, 2020
by the gentle author

The towpath fiddler in Camden

Taking advantage of the crystalline February sunlight on Thursday, I continued my ramble along the towpath of the Regent’s Canal which is two hundred years old this year. I walked as far as Paddington Basin in the frost, picking up my journey where I cast off in Shoreditch. Swathed in multiple layers of clothing against the cold, I was alarmed to encounter rough sleepers under bridges when I set out but, as the temperature rose, I was astonished to discover a zealous sunbather in Camden. My most inspiring meeting of the day was with fiddler Lee Westbrook who, like me, had also been encouraged to venture out by the sunlight. His music echoed hauntingly under the multiple bridges at Gloucester Ave. And by the time I reached Paddington, it was warm enough to unbutton my coat before taking the Metropolitan Line back again to Liverpool St.

Approaching Bridport Place Bridge

De Beauvoir Rd Bridge

Approaching City Rd Lock

Lock keeper’s cottage at City Rd Lock

At City Rd Lock

Danbury St Bridge

Approaching the Islington Tunnel

Entrance to the Islington Tunnel

Lock Keeper’s Cottage at St Pancras Lock

Bridge at Royal College St

Canalside Terrace in Camden

At Camden Lock

At Camden Lock

Lee Westbrook

Mansions by Regent’s Park

Bridge into Regent’s Park

Mansion in Regent’s Park

Onwards towards Paddington

In Lisson Grove

In Maida Vale

Little Venice

Paddington Basin

You may also like to take a look at the earlier part of my journey

Along the Regent’s Canal From Limehouse to Shoreditch

22 Responses leave one →
  1. February 9, 2020

    Beautiful! And heartwarming to know that the Sheikhs and Russian Oligarchs have such a nice view over the canal at Regent’s Park. Presumably, large mechanical scrapers are installed on that stretch to remove any unsightly rough sleepers?

  2. Susan Levinson permalink
    February 9, 2020

    Lovely and peaceful photos!

  3. John Woodman permalink
    February 9, 2020

    Fabulous light and great images.

  4. Greg Tingey permalink
    February 9, 2020

    No photo of the pub over the canal tunnel by LIsson Grove – “Crocker’s Folly” – now sadly reduced, but still open …

  5. February 9, 2020

    Beautiful photographs GA, particularly the reflections in the water of the mansions at Regent’s Park.
    Balm for the soul as storm Ciara rages around us today.

  6. PETER WHEELER permalink
    February 9, 2020

    Great pictures. Shame about the graffiti morons!

  7. mick rooney permalink
    February 9, 2020

    Is this the same Regent Canal that flowed under the bridge at York Way ? just up from Kings Cross ?

  8. lyn permalink
    February 9, 2020

    beautiful pictures, such a shame about all the graffiti

  9. February 9, 2020

    Une belle promenade. Thank you, G.A.

  10. Richard Pascoe permalink
    February 9, 2020

    Wonderful ! sitting here in SW Wales i could almost smell the London air , Thank you GA

  11. Sally Bernard permalink
    February 9, 2020

    Lovely photos , thanks.

  12. Pauline Taylor permalink
    February 9, 2020

    Thank you GA for these lovely photographs of the canal with the crystal clear reflections, Those of us who cannot, for one reason or another, undertake such walks, are so grateful. You have cheered up a really wild and woolly morning here in Colchester so thanks again.

  13. February 9, 2020

    Greetings from Boston,

    GA, so glad you sauntered again in the winter sunshine along the Regent’s Canal, one of my favorite areas of London. Your pictures were wonderful what with the arches, the reflections on the water, the play of sunlight throughout.

    Loved the “towpath fiddler of Camden.”

  14. Sue Stamp permalink
    February 9, 2020

    Dear Gentle Author,

    These images of the Regent’s Canal are really beautiful and inspiring and have brightened my morning, so thank you! I’ve got a walking tour happening soon which will take us from Paddington to Little Venice and clearly we are in for a treat.

    Wishing you the very best.

  15. paul loften permalink
    February 9, 2020

    The photos are an absolute pleasure to look at . Thank you

  16. Saba permalink
    February 9, 2020

    Handsome sweater on the handsome fiddler! Wish I could find a pattern for the sweater.

  17. February 9, 2020

    When I first arrived up in London after graduating, a pal let me stay in her very little, Little Venice flat (whilst searching for something suitable and affordable. Brune Street eventually).

    After lots of low, unsuccessful days, for a high, we did this very same route at the weekend. I’ve never forgotten it. Tears of joy and I’m grateful to the GA for today’s post.

    I promised myself back then, that someday, I’d live somewhere inspiring just like it.

    I had to exit brexit, and head to NL do achieve it, but do it I did. Holland Heals.

  18. Ros permalink
    February 9, 2020

    Really beautiful photos to savour on both halves of your canal walk and full of interest. Thank you! The pedant in me feels obliged to point out that it would have been the Hammersmith&City line or Circle line that you took to get back from Paddington to Liverpool St and not the Metropolitan line. Very nice heating and air-conditioning they have these days too.

  19. Jill Wilson permalink
    February 9, 2020

    So glad you took advantage of the wonderful weather on Thursday (it wouldn’t have been quite so nice doing the walk today!)

    I had a memorable trip along the Regent’s Canal a few years ago to celebrate my friend’s ‘Daddy’s’ 98th birthday. He was particularly interested in the stretch near Pentonville where he used to live and work before the war. It was a lovely summer’s day and very peaceful, and difficult to believe you were in the middle of London.

  20. February 10, 2020

    I regularly cycle along the canal–carefully I might add–and to me it is one of the gems of London. Thank you for brightening my day by posting these beautiful photographs.

  21. Amanda permalink
    February 10, 2020

    Did l ever think l would walk Regents Canal to find Italian Gondaliers at Little Venice, Errol the park keeper named after the fab lead singer in ‘Hot Chocolate’ and a pack of hyenas?

    Yes! they flew through their enclosure right beside the towpath where it cuts through Regent’s Park Zoo.
    l had such a thrilling, eventful time walking to lunch at Camden Lock,
    l forgot to take a single photo.

    Thanks GA for these amazingly unique shots and angles. The frosty seasonal light capturing the water as a gorgeous indigo hue by the Mansions.

    Prayers today for those affected by the flooding and ravages of Storm Clara raging for the second night and especially the animals and birds in the wild

  22. Colin Lennon permalink
    February 10, 2020

    Mick Rooney; it is the very same canal. It flows past what is now Coal Drop Yard there, now and up-and-coming area and not at all the old York Way.

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