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From Shoreditch To Paddington

January 31, 2022
by the gentle author

The towpath fiddler in Camden

Taking advantage of the crystalline sunlight, I continued my ramble along the towpath of the Regent’s Canal. I walked as far as Paddington Basin, 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

15 Responses leave one →
  1. Saba permalink
    January 31, 2022

    So ROMANTIC!! The gate keepers’ cottages, the mansions, the houseboats, and Lee Westbrook, a handsome young man in a beautiful sweater, playing music on the towpath. The fiddler on the towpath photograph reminds me of “The Singing Butler,” a Jack Vetriano fantasy, in which a couple waltzes on the beach. I’ll dance to a violin on the towpath any time.

    Your best photographs ever. Do some people live in the houseboats? Tell us more.

  2. Andy permalink
    January 31, 2022

    Beautiful photographs. Evocative of time and travellers.

  3. January 31, 2022

    Here’s the Paddington Basin from Thomas Shepherd’s view published c.1830. From where did all those houses come?
    https://www.mapsandantiqueprints.com/shop/antique-prints/regents-canal-antique-print/#.YfeXker7TSE

  4. Susan permalink
    January 31, 2022

    Again, thank you for this! Those of us who don’t live in England never get to see this side of London.

  5. Nicola permalink
    January 31, 2022

    The first photograph of the fiddler under the bridge is very special, with the hazy light beyond the arch. Thank you for sharing all these.

  6. Milo permalink
    January 31, 2022

    Don’t stop now!
    I suggest, having topped up your thermos with lashings of mulligatawny soup, that you get back to Paddington and continue on the Grand Union canal to the river at Brentford where you will be greeted by a small, rosy cheeked bunch of fans and a smattering of applause. Possibly.

  7. Margret Strohbach permalink
    January 31, 2022

    Dear gentle author, thank you so much for those beautiful sunny snapshots. They remind me of a wonderful narrowboat trip with John Hamilton of “ENGLISH AFLOAT”
    several years ago!
    Margret from Bremen

  8. Helen Breen permalink
    January 31, 2022

    Greetings from freezing Boston,

    GA, I really enjoyed your great shots of Regent’s Canal in winter. Reminds me of a little cruise I took on a lovely Sunday afternoon in June from Maida Vale to Camden. Such a variety of charming sites along the way.

    One thing I noticed in your previous piece was those old stairs leading down to the locks – WITHOUT RAILINGS. City Rd. lock would be an example. I was happy to see railings in “Lock Keeper’s Cottage at St Pancras Lock” which looks like a newer construction. While unfortunately stairs become more of an issue with age, I have little problem going up, but find difficulty going down without something to grab hold of. Just sayin’ …

  9. Linda Granfield permalink
    January 31, 2022

    Beautiful photos! Still waters, a slight haze, dots of colours. I think your late friend Colin would be quite impressed to see how your photo composition has evolved over these past few years. Bravo!

    How wonderful to see the budding willows along the canal–reminders that snowbound Toronto will see that harbinger of Spring in, maybe, May.
    That violinist-how can his fingers prance on the strings in that cold weather? A soundtrack for your journey and we wish we could hear the echoing notes.
    Thank you!

  10. Peter Hart permalink
    January 31, 2022

    Wonderful photos GA thanks very much.

  11. Bill permalink
    January 31, 2022

    Where in the canal did Pamela Flitton fling X. Trapnel’s only manuscript of his magnum opus?

  12. January 31, 2022

    What a smashing walk. Smashing photos too.

  13. February 3, 2022

    Thank you very much for sharing those gorgeous bright photographs with us.

  14. Marcia Howard permalink
    February 3, 2022

    Loved joining you on your walk.

  15. May 18, 2022

    Really informative and helpful tips!Thanks For Sharing and Keep Up the Good Work.

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