1st April 2009


Limehouse Basin


Entrance to Limehouse Basin from the Thames


The exit from the Thames - looks calm, but quite fast moving


Mooring before the lock, although it should be open ready for us


Limehouse Lock with its giant rotating gates


Limehouse Lock


The exit into the Regents Canal


Limehouse Basin again


24 Hour mooring in the basin


Posh round Lockkeepers offices


Limehouse Cut - Not the one we will be going up


We will be travelling across the basin from left to right


On leaving Limehouse we come immediately into the first lock


Quite a straightforward lock


The first section of canal


Lock No 2 - close to No 1


More canal


Lock No 3


Lock No 4 (about 1 mile from Limehouse)


Coming up to Bow Common


The first canalside pub - not very inspiring


Lock No 5 at about 1.5 miles


Victoria Park - South Hackney (allegedly a vandal area)




Lock No 6 at Haggerston  2.5 miles


This is the second boat that I passed on the move


Kingsland Road (close to my Son's flat) at 3 mile point


Also at Kingsland Road (looking onward)


Kingsland Basin (off the canal)


More Canal


Coming up to Stuart's Lock No 7


Area becoming quite nice as we approach Islington


Turning on the left into City Road Basin


View of the large City Road basin


Islington tunnel (960yds) in the distance


Islington Tunnel East Portal


The West Portal of the Islington Tunnel, which was not easy to find on foot


Looking back to the Islington Tunnel from road bridge by Kings Cross Station


This is where the Kings Cross trains travel beneath the canal (5 mile point)


Shortly afterwards a view of St Pancras Station


St Pancras Lock in the distance


St Pancras Lock


Very well kept St Pancras Lock


Now approaching Camden


Grays Inn bridge in a winding section before Camden


More winding sections


Kentish Town Lock


Back of the old TV AM studios on the left with famous Egg Cups on top


Start of the popular Camden Town Locks with pleasure cruiser


Camden Lock


The next of the Camden Town Locks


Probably the most popular area of Camden Locks with many pubs, shops and restaurants nearby


Dingwall's Wharf at Camden Town


More of Camden


Heading out toward Regents Park by Primrose Hill


Primrose Hill area


Mooring around Primrose Hill


The sharp right turn into Regent Park in the distance


The turn into Regents Park with floating Chinese Restaurant


Start of the long section through Regents Park at about 8 miles


Passing Regents Park Zoo


More long section through Regents Park


Looking back along the Regents Park towpath


Large houses alongside the canal


More pleasure cruisers


Going under the bridge to Marylebone Railway Station


Private moorings at Lisson Grove


I thought this was the entrance to Maida Vale Tunnel, but it turned out to be just a house built over the canal


Going under the house


Now reached the Maida Vale Tunnel portal (272yds), with pipe bridge


Look back by the tunnel entrance (note how low the canal is)


Look through the tunnel at the 9 mile point


At ground level by the tunnel entrance


The other side of the tunnel which goes under the Edgware Road at Maida Vale


The west portal of the tunnel with restaurant on top 


Looking back towards the tunnels with double moored private moorings


Reached Little Venice where the spur to the Paddington Basin starts


Little Venice with moorings on the right reserved for pleasure craft


Floating restaurant


Little Venice looking back to tunnel on the left and exit to Paddington on the right


More Little Venice


Little Venice looking toward the exit to the Grand Union and short stay moorings


Short stay moorings almost all occupied with Long term boats!!!


Mooring regulations seem to be generally ignored


Start of the Paddington Basin arm with some free moorings


More moorings with Paddington Station visible on the right


Most moorings taken


The final turn into the Paddington Basin (Note ex Black Prince boat)


"Mimi" obviously ex Black Prince


Start of regenerated Paddington Basin with St Marys Hospital in the background


Looking back towards Little Venice


Mainly private moorings in the Basin


Plenty of new development in the Paddington Basin, but plenty of room to turn 



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