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Architecture of the Regent's canal

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Louise and I rode along the Regent's Canal from Edgeware Road to
Limehouse, went under the tunnel to Greenwich, caught a train back to
London Bridge and rode home from there. The route was about 30 miles
(Cambodia is two weeks away!) and took in three markets and some
great buildings. The Isle of Dogs is a bizarrely empty wasteland.
Lots of evidence of human inhabitation, but there's nobody there!
12th Nov 2006, 17:05  

Dhamaka says:

nice ride..

12th Nov 2006, 17:07

afternoon says:

Yeah, it was a lovely route. The suggestion came from the TfL cycling page. Would definitely do it again. The towpaths aren't ideal for bikes, they're made from slabs which give a bumpy ride, but the views and general ambience are far more pleasant than the roads. And we didn't fall in!

12th Nov 2006, 17:15

Dhamaka says:

I love cycling along the canals, but I have a mountain bike. I've not done that route yet but it looks great

12th Nov 2006, 18:03

MaggieD says:

I was in Greenwich Market this morning! ..... will be back in Cambodia at Christmas ..... wishing you good luck for your Oxfam trip ....

12th Nov 2006, 18:12

EVILMINK269 says:

Great series of pics!

12th Nov 2006, 22:14

afternoon says:

Dhamaka: I'd recommend it, it just's a nice cruise without having to drive out of town. It's not long, about an hour from Camden to Limehouse. Then maybe 30 mins down to the bottom of the Isle of Dogs and into the tunnel. The trains go back to Deptford, Cannon Street and London Bridge and all take bikes.

If you have any recommended bike routes in London, I'd love to know about them! We have one more weekend of riding before we go.

12th Nov 2006, 22:22

Dhamaka says:

How far do you want to ride? You can take Regents Canal, then the Hertford Union Canal down to and around the Olympic site (and time it for a free tour and coffee too), if an hour isn't enough you could carry on to Epping Forest. The last bit is mostly on roads and is a little hilly, but there are some nice pubs if you fancy a break.

Or you could follow part or all of the route I took to Cambridge from East London. There's a railway station a couple of hours along the route. It's 65 - 70 miles if you don't get lost and 80 miles if (like me) you do...

12th Nov 2006, 22:32

afternoon says:

Probably want to do about 40 miles or so. So continuing along the Hertford Union Canal sounds like a good idea. This talk of forests is very attractive too.

12th Nov 2006, 22:45

Dhamaka says:

Cool - I'll contact you through your contact button tomorrow

13th Nov 2006, 01:06

Fran says:

You must have gone almost past our house! The canal goes along the bottom of the road, pretty much. Stop for a cup of tea next time.

Hertford Union is good although I've not gone far as I'm usually running not biking - let me know how it goes. It can feel a bit lonely and scary when you get a way past Victoria Park, but suspect that it gets nicer again a mile or two later.

15th Nov 2006, 17:02

afternoon says:

Yeah, we absolutely did, yours, Ultraruby's and Charlotte's. Wanted to stop for tea each time, but Louise had to teach at 17:30 and we were on a mission to cover the distance in time. In the end we did 28 miles where I wanted to do more 40.

15th Nov 2006, 17:36

Dhamaka says:

Happy New Year!

31st Dec 2006, 20:43

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