Regent’s Canal: from Lisson Grove to Camden Town

What do Oval Road NW1, Camden High Street NW1, and Lisson Grove NW8 all have in common?  They are all roads which cross the Regent’s Canal.  This photo of the entrance to the canal was taken on Lisson Grove while I was on the trail of Bleeding London.   Unfortunately, the towpath doesn’t count as a street for that project.

Canal entrance
Why the warning? Surely it’s obvious that cyclists should dismount – unless they have amphibious bicycles.

The Regent’s Canal runs for 8.6 miles (13.8 km) round the northern edge of the centre of London, passing close to Regent’s Park and King’s Cross.  It was built to link the Paddington Arm of the Grand Junction Canal in west London with the tidal section of the River Thames in the east of the city at Limehouse.

One of the directors of the canal company was the architect John Nash.  Through the connection with Nash, the Prince Regent allowed the use of his name for the project.  The canal was opened in two stages, from Paddington to Camden in 1816, and the rest of the canal in 1820.

Railways and roads have reduced the commercial use of the canal, but it still functions as a place for walking, boating, kayaking…..

canal near camden

…..and even as a place to live, for the residents of houseboats in Lisson Grove and Maida Vale (known as “Little Venice”).

Regent's Canal
There are 13 locks on the canal.  You would hardly know from this picture of Camden Lock that you are in the heart of Camden Town with streets buzzing with tourists and shoppers at the markets.

canal at camden

But yes, you really are only a few steps away from stalls selling “I love London” rainbow hoodies.

NW1 Inverness Street







7 Comments Add yours

  1. Andrew says:

    Very attractive. We are going to Big Venice next month so I’ll do a comparison 🙂


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I think you will win!


  2. mihrank says:

    Wow – Is this London? I graduated from Nottingham University, I miss London!!


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Yes it really is London. It’s great to find these quiet spots in the city.

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  3. Kim in Fiji says:

    Does it have a sidewalk? (“functions as a place for walking….”)

    I love a city that has rural pockets in it. And I am smitten with that willow!


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Yes. I should have made that clear! There is a sidewalk. I intend to follow it eastwards to the end of the canal…but probably in September.
      I’m fiddling with my blog today, trying out the Custom Design upgrade, with new fonts and colours. Sorry if it looks weird!


  4. greenlakeblue says:

    Hi Katherine, Thank you for visiting my blog and my post about the Regent’s Park. I’m checking out yours now… the canals that surround Camden, Angel, “Little Venice”… are amazing and I always find beauty in the colours of the boats and the myriad of different architectural styles one finds as we walk along their paths. Most of the canals have sidewalks for pedestrians. London has many “rural pockets”, definatelly,

    Your blog design/theme looks great! 🙂


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