Monday, July 02, 2018

Canal Walks: Little Venice to Aplerton


Key facts:

  • Start: Warwick Avenue
  • End: Aplerton tube station
  • Distance: 9.8 km

This leg has character, and yes that is implying both a good and a bad thing.

When I mentioned this walk to the chap selling books at the London Canal Museum it was this leg that he considered a bit iffy, and he was a narrow-boat owner himself.

Certainly there's nothing wrong about the start, which is the lovely Little Venice:


Both Lord Byron and Robert Browning are possible sources of the name Little Venice, which is the basin where the Regents Canal meets the Paddington Arm of that canal. It is surrounded by rather nice Regency properties, all very expensive indeed.

However as it heads west its seems to fall down the social ladder, becoming industrial and at times post-industrial, below roads and beside abandoned factories and gas works:




In the EU Referendum London as a whole was firmly Remain but this corner seems to have a Brexiter angle:


Of course its not all industrial and there are some interesting structures such as this aqueduct which is over both the North Circular Road and also the River Brent:


This was probably my least favourite leg, but it was interesting to see the canal integrated into the industry and housing of a part of west London I'd never visited before:



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