GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Paddington Canal

13 miles (21 km)

Follow the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal from Paddington to Hayes, on this canalside walk or cycle through West London. The canal is a great way to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some pleasant scenery. There's tree lined paths, pretty locks, lots of barges and plenty of water loving wildlife to look out for on the way.
You can start the walk from Paddington Basin just to the north of Paddington Station or at Little Venice just to the south of Warwick Avenue tube. Little Venice is very pretty with narrowboats, water cafes and a good selectionofrestaurantsand bars. You can virtually explore the area using the google street view link below.
From Little Venice you head west passing Westbourne, Kensal Green, Harlesden and Alperton. Shortly after Alperton you come to the Horsenden Hill open space which is worth a small detour. The park includes nice walking trails including a hill climb with fine views over the city of London.
The next section sees the canal turn south through Northolt where you will pass Northala Fields. The pleasant park consists of four artificial hills made out of the rubble from the old Wembley Stadium. There's nice views from the hills with other features including fishing lakes, streams, wetlands and wildlife ponds.
The canal continues south through Southall before finishing at Hayes where the Paddington Arm joins with the main branch of the Grand Union Canal. Here you can extend you exercise by continuing to Yiewsley and Uxbridge where the canal runs along the River Colne.


W9 2PF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Paddington Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Paddington Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Paddington Arm, Grand Union Canal - - 788012

Paddington Arm, Grand Union Canal. Looking west from Ladbroke Grove bridge, the old roving bridge over the side-arm where coal barges entered the gasworks can be seen in the centre.

Canal bridge on the Paddington Arm - - 1186910

Canal bridge on the Paddington Arm

Bull's Bridge Junction

Bull's Bridge Junction

Grand Union Canal in Paddington - - 531884

Grand Union Canal in Paddington. Viewed on a damp morning looking towards Little Venice from the footbridge linking Blomfield Road with Delamere Terrace.

Grand Union Canal, Northolt - - 929785

Grand Union Canal, Northolt

Narrowboat passing Engineer's Wharf - - 3979010

Narrowboat passing Engineer's Wharf near Southall

Grand Union Canal - Paddington Branch - - 3978992

London Borough of Hillingdon

Entrance to Willowtree Marina, Paddington Arm, Grand Union Canal - - 411020

Entrance to Willowtree Marina. A secure marina is the best place to leave your boat and, of course, insurance premiums are considerably less. The marina fee may seem expensive, but well worth it in terms of peace of mind. This is next to the Willow Tree Open Space in Southall.


GPS Files

GPX File

Paddington Canal Walk.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Paddington Canal Walk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)