Regent's Canal Walk
Follow the Regent's canal through Regent's Park and Central London on this pleasant waterside cycling and walking route.
Starting at the Little Venice basin in Maida Vale, you follow the canal into Regent’s Park where you will find the famous Zoo. You then pass through Camden, with its popular market, before continuing towards the East End. The route then passes the revived Mile End Park with its arts pavilion, terraced gardens and green bridge with views of Canary Wharf. You finish at the River Thames at Limehouse Basin.
You can extend your outing by picking up the Jubilee Greenway circular walk. The waymarked trail visits some of the capital's best parks and most famous landmarks. It uses the canal for part of the route.
At the western end the canal joins with the Paddington Canal, an arm of the Grand Union Canal. You can follow the towpath west through Little Venice to Westbourne, Alperton, Harlesden and Hayes.
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Regent's Canal Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Regent's Canal Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Regent's Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Regent's Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In Regent's Park there's a couple of fine options for refreshments. The Boathouse Cafe is a family restaurant with a large terrace seating area where you can sit outside and enjoy views of the lake. It is located on The Boating Lake near Hanover Gate and sells sandwiches, toasties, flat bread pizza’s, soup, stew, cakes and snacks.
The Regent's Bar & Kitchen is located in the middle of Regent's Park on the Inner Circle, close to the Open Air Theatre and to the Queen Mary's Gardens. In good weather it includes a terrace BBQ offering burgers, hot dogs and vegetarian options alongside ice cold draft beer and Pimm's during the summer.
The canal is a pleasant place to bring your dog for a walk. It can be busy with other walkers and cyclists so it is best to keep them on leads.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
At Limehouse Basin you can pick up the Lea Valley Walk and follow it north along the River Lea navigation to Hackney Marshes.
At De Beauvoir you can pick up Cycle Superhighway 1 where it crosses the canal. The signed trail runs from Tottenham to Seven Sisters, Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, Dalston, De Beauvoir and Hoxton before finishing in The City near Shoreditch, Spitalfields and the Barbican.
For more walking ideas in the city see the London Walks page.