There are also quiets parts In the busy, hectic London, I’ve discovered it. A walk of about an hour along the Regent’s Canal, from the Camden Lock Market to Little Venice, and finally to Lisson Grove, where the channel suddenly disappears.
Let’s take a look at a canal in London on a Friday morning in November.
The Camden Lock Market, full of activity. On the east side of Chalk Farm Road the stalls are standing outside. But once you get along the water it looks very different. Old docks, a small waterfall. It goes even further, but I have turned and did the walk in the other direction.
First you pass several bridges along the market, where you will also find a waterbus. It seems that in November it doesn’t sail anymore, at least at that moment I didn’t see anyone.
After five minutes you’re almost alone, what a difference with the busy market! You’re in a completely different world. I was expecting to pass a bar sometimes, but nothing at all. Along the whole route pure nature. Occasionally I met some other hikers or cyclists, but that’s it.
Halfway you are walking just under a busy road. Here you can go down the route, to London Zoo. Primrose Hill is also nearby. It seems there is a restaurant in the water at this point, but also this one is closed now.
I am going on, now it becomes very quiet.
And almost at the end, I am officially walking along the Regent’s Canal and it is not allowed to cycle anymore. So this is Little Venice. All houseboats, very nice.
Then you cannot go any further anymore. Now I have to climb some stairs, towards the road. According to the map the channel will disappear suddenly.
Suddenly I am standing at Lisson Grove, a very busy road. Quite abruptly back in the civilized world.
This hike was very worthwhile and definitely to be repeated.
An example of how you can start the other way and can walk much more along the Regent’s Canal, here.
Something to look forward to.