Limehouse to Little Venice by the Regents Canal

The Regent's Canal provides a watery escape from the bustle of the streets of London. Starting at Limehouse this walk takes you across London finishing at Little Venice. In general the route is easy to follow and any lileky problems are dealt with in the walk decsription.

Technical sheet
No. 293290
A Tower Hamlets walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 31/01/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h15[?]
Distance Distance : 8.93mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 118ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 43ft
Highest point Highest point : 148ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 26ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Tower Hamlets
Starting point Starting point : N 51.512819° / W 0.039589°
Arrival Arrival : N 51.523504° / W 0.183831°
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The Regent's Canal provides a link from the River Thames at Limehouse Basin to the Grand Union Canal at Little Venice and this walk covers almost its full length of just under 14 kilometres.

(D) The start is Limehouse DLR station (grid ref. TQ361811). Exit the station and walk east along the north side of Commercial Road. You soon reach a bridge over the Regent's Canal with steps leading down to the canal and a pair of locks. Turn right so you are on the east side of the canal and walking north with the canal to your left.The onward route is generally easy to follow.

(1) After just over 2km you reach the junction with the Hertford Union Canal which you cross by a footbridge. Staying with the Regent's Canal you continue through to the tunnel at Islington. A path leads you off the towpath and onto Colebrooke Row.

(2) Cross the pedestrian crossing and continue straight along Duncan Street to Upper Street (the A1). Turn left and then take the first right, Liverpool Road. Turn left down Chapel Market threading your way between the market stalls. Turn right onto Penton Street and then take the second left, Maygood Street, which leads into a walkway between apartment blocks. Where the path forks, ignore the path to the right and continue straight ahead onto Muriel Street from where you can regain the towpath of the Regent's canal.

(3) Continue following the canal all the way through Camden Town, along the northern side of Regent's Park Zoo and onto Little Venice and the junction with the Grand Union Canal. Note that you may be forced to leave some sections of the towpath if repairs and maintenance work is in progress. From Little Venice. it is a short walk north along Warwick Avenue to the tube station of the same name(A).

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 46ft - Limehouse DLR station
1 : mi 1.52 - alt. 52ft - Cross the footbridge
2 : mi 4.38 - alt. 108ft - Cross the pedestrian crossing
3 : mi 5.06 - alt. 95ft - Continue following the canal
A : mi 8.93 - alt. 105ft - Warwick Avenue

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 3.5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 3.5/5
Routemap quality : 3/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Mon 26 Feb 2018 11:06:04 CET

Global average : 3 / 5

Date of walk : 01/02/18
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Good

An interesting urban walk. Many joggers and cyclists use it as well as walkers. Route a little contorted where it has to leave the towpath, where better mapping would have helped.

on Mon 05 Feb 2018 11:01:19 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 01/02/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

An interesting walk through a very varied urban area. Watch out for cyclists and joggers! The route has to divert from the towpath in a number of places, and you suddenly need to take care for traffic and of your navigation.

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