Dave Sergeant

The Jubilee Greenway was set up in 2012 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and coincidently the London Olympics. As such it is 60km in length and passes all the London Olympic venues - or rather it doesn't as it goes nowhere near Wembley and Wimbledon and a long way from Lee Valley. It introduces no new walking paths whatsoever, most of it goes on parts of the Capital Ring and Thames Path and also along the Regent's Canal towpath. I have therefore only recently done much of it so will concentrate on the bits which are new to me.

Jubilee Greenway Sections 3 and 10 - Camden Lock to Limehouse Basin - November 14th 2019

Yesterday's walk along the Regent's canal, Jubilee Greenway sections 3 and 10. Despite dire weather forecast, heavy rain on Wednesday night, the south east was bone dry and even sunny. I would never go anywhere if I believed everything on the media.

Starting from Camden Lock where I had finished last week (ignoring the instruction in the TFL directions to turn left out of Camden Town tube station which was completely the wrong way) we set off along the Regents Canal. Lots of locks and basins along this stretch with plenty of berthed boats but little actual traffic on the canal. We pass to the north of St Pancras and Kings Cross stations, both stations are visible in the photo. Quite a lot of new development going on here including the new Kings Cross estate which featured recently in the news with its cameras.

An interesting housing development built within the old gasholders. Then a development of shops nearby.

Then we come to the Islington Tunnel where we have to leave the canal and go through London's busy streets for a while. But soon back to the canal again and another basin.

After quite a long stretch of the canal we reach Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets which is the end of section 3. Section 4 of the walk passes through here but we made a short diversion to have a look. Opened by Queen Victoria in 1845 it is as you can see quite impressive with a pagoda, lake with fountains and some strange sculptures called 'bird' and 'man' - I couldn't work them out either.

Continuing on section 10 we first rejoin the canal but the walk diverts through Mile End Park, an attractive park in several sections to the side of the Regent's with Canary Wharf not far away.

Then back to the Regent's and after Limehouse Lock we reached Limehouse Basin, full of expensive boats, many moored for the winter. Then the Thames which was the end of the section and the day's walk. I had intended to eat at one of the eateries down here but apart from a somewhat expensive Gordon Ramsay restaurant on the water front there was nothing so we made our way back to Waterloo and ate there. An easy tube journey which was complicated by the work to improve Bank Station where with some corridors closed we ended up with a very long walk between platforms including walking between Monument and Bank entrances above ground. But a very pleasant day and the rain held off.

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