A Walk along London’s Regents Canal

On a perfect summer’s day in London we headed to Little Venice to walk along Regents Canal.

I have been meaning to take this walk for quite a few years now and on our recent trip to London, the timing was right!

Little Venice is an area in the suburb of Maiden Vale where the Grand Union Canal and Regent’s Canal meet. Browning’s Pool where this occurs is named after the English poet Robert Browning who was supposed to have lived in the area.

The canal was finished in 1820 but, because of the advent of the railway,  it was not used as much as was thought to bring goods to London. Today boats line parts of the canal providing a permanent home to many families.

From Browning’s Pool you can catch a water bus along the Regents Canal but we chose to take a leisurely stroll along the tow path. Join us!

Regents canal

Browning’s Pool

 

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A quick coffee before the walk!

 

Grand Union Canal, London

Grand Union Canal

 

Regents Canal, London

Regent’s Canal

 

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Large speed humps cross the tow path making cycling very difficult!

Regents canal sign

 

Regents Canal

Home sweet home!

 

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We weren’t expecting to see these stately homes lining the banks of this section of the canal.

Regents Canal Homes, London

 

Regents Canal homes

 

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Punting on the canal

 

Penguins on the banks of Regent’s Canal mark the entrance to London Zoo.

Regents Canal Bridge to London Zoo

 

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Street art!

 

From here the walk continues to Regents Park and Camden with its bustling market.

 

Have you walked this section of the canal? Would you like to?

 

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22 Responses to A Walk along London’s Regents Canal

  1. Jess (JessOnThames) September 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    This is my hood! The canals are just lovely and your pictures make it look stunning. It feels special being able to call this area home.

    • Jenny Freedman October 19, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

      What a great area you live in. I would have loved to explore it a bit more! This would be great daily walk or run track!

  2. jan September 26, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    We’ve been to Camden Lock but it was too long ago – don’t remember walking beside the canals though. My brother did two weeks in a canal boat somewhere in England just last week. It is the second time he has had a canal boat holiday in England. He and his wife just love it. I like the look of the home sweet home boat.

  3. Johanna September 27, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    Oh gosh it’s so pretty, and makes me very England-sick 😉 I’m not sure if I’d prefer one of those stately homes or a canal boat with a window box. Reckon I’d be happy with either! What a beautiful walk, and one for my bucket list.

    • Jenny Freedman October 19, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

      It’s a very easy and lovely walk Jo…one I know you’d enjoy. Mmmm… stately home of canal boat….I hadn’t thought of it like that!

  4. Anabel September 28, 2014 at 2:05 am #

    I love walks by water, whether coast, river or canal – they give a sense of purpose and direction which, to me, beats slogging up a hill just to come down again. I’ve made a mental note of this for next time we are in London.

    • Jenny Freedman October 19, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

      I had never thought of walks along those lines Anabel. I love walking in a city …sometimes it can be aimlessly but as you say, a purposeful walk such as this is always a sense of accomplishment

  5. Paula McInerney August 3, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    Haven’t done this walk but we will. I have a thing for canals now after our barge cruise in Burgundy. We do love to walk and this looks a very enjoyable one with lots of pit stops along the way.

    • Jenny Freedman August 6, 2015 at 11:27 pm #

      Barge cruising does that to you, doesn’t it Paula! Wait until you see the barges that are moored along the canal…a home away from home decorated with lots of plants and herbs.

  6. Karen Warren August 3, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

    I’ve walked some of the Regent’s Canal before but you’ve reminded me that I need to go back and do some more.

    • Jenny Freedman August 6, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

      It’s definitely a walk you could do often Karen. So many different detours to be made as well!

  7. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go August 3, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    A walk along Regent’s Canal looks like a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Your photos show some lovely scenes that look so peaceful and a welcome respite from London’s crowds.

    • Jenny Freedman August 6, 2015 at 11:31 pm #

      It really is a great escape from busy London Anita! There’s some fun cafes along the way as well so there’s plenty of stops too!

  8. Donna Janke August 4, 2015 at 2:41 am #

    I haven’t done this walk along Regent Canal, but would love to. I must remember it for a future trip to London. I love the house boats along the canal.

    • Jenny Freedman August 6, 2015 at 11:32 pm #

      It’s a really different part of London to see Donna and a lovely walk as well.

  9. Carole Terwilliger Meyers August 4, 2015 at 6:19 am #

    Before I die . . . I’d like to see Regent’s Canal in London again. Your images bring it back vividly.

  10. The GypsyNesters August 4, 2015 at 8:43 am #

    Great photos! Somehow we have not managed to spend any time in London for about thirty years. That’s crazy! We have to go back!

  11. A Cook Not Mad (Nat) August 4, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    Looks like another place to add to the list, London’s Regents Canal is so pretty!

  12. Anne Woodyard (@MusicandMarkets) August 5, 2015 at 2:26 am #

    What a simply lovely part of the city – and what terrific photos! I’m adding this to the list for our next visit.

    • Jenny Freedman September 6, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

      It is an interesting part of the city. You feel as though you out in the country even though you are in the centre of a huge bustling city! I hope you enjoy the walk when you next visit London!

  13. kay dougherty August 5, 2015 at 3:27 am #

    Very verdant! I’m surprised at how packed in the houseboats are – seems as if everyone would hear everything. It’s very lovely though and SO British!

  14. Suzanne Fluhr August 6, 2015 at 6:12 am #

    I haven’t walked along the Regent’s Canal, but when I lived in England with my family as a 16 year old, we rented a canal boat and spent a week puttering along some canals north of London at 4 miles per hour. Every so often, my sisters and I would have to jump off (usually into a patch of stinging nettles for some reason), so we could work the locks.

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