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Walk #50: Paddington to Mile End


D25	A pagoda restaurant on the Regent's Canal between London Zoo and Camden.
D24	The Regent's Canal below the Aviary at London Zoo.
D25 A pagoda restaurant on the Regent's Canal between London Zoo and Camden.
D24 The Regent's Canal below the Aviary at London Zoo.

General Data

Date Walked 09/10/1999
County London
Start Location Paddington
End Location Mile End
Start time 12.15
End time 15.45
Distance 8.3 miles
Description This was an enjoyable stroll along the Regents Canal.
Pack Today I carried full Pennine Way kit.
Condition I feel okay after this walk, although I am a little bit tired. My feet are suffering - these trainers are not as good as I was hoping that they would be.
Weather Initially cloudy, became fairly sunny later on. It was quite a warm day.
OS map London A to Z and Landranger number 177 (East London, Billericay & Gravesend)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


This was a fairly nice little walk, starting off at Paddington tube station. Walking past Paddington mainline station was fairly sombre - only 5 days has passed since the crash that killed 30+ people outside the station.

I could tell that I had not done much walking recently - the walk affected me more than it really should. I partially put this down to the trainers, which are not ideal for walking, but it is also undoubtedly a general decline in fitness from where I was at the end of the Pennine Way.

I used to walk along the canal regularly 5 years ago, and it was nice to walk it again and see how much some areas of it had changed, but also how little others had changed. Camden was just the same, but it seemed so different - although in reality it was my perspective that had changed as I am a lot older and wiser than the 18-year old who used to spend every waking hour around that area.


Another simple walk. From Paddington tube station turn left and then immediately right past the entrance to Paddington Mainline station. When you meet another road, turn right and head down to the roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout, past the builders merchants and then onto the canal banks to Little Venice.

From Little Venice turn right down the Regents Canal. before long you have a short tunnel in front of you, to which you have to take to the roads above. Once you rejoin the canal, simply follow it all the way past Regents Park and London Zoo, Camden Lock, Islington (where another tunnel forces you to take to the roads past Angel) and down to Mile End. The walk can be extended by just over a mile to Limehouse Basin and the Thames.

The whole route is quite well signposted, although in some areas the signs cannot be read due to graffiti and vandalism. it is almost impossible to get lost, though, especially with an A to Z to help you past the tunnels.

Further information

The walk is also covered in detail in the Grand Union Canal Walk, by Anthony Burton and Neil Curtis, ISBN 1 85410 244 3, published by Aurum Press Ltd. Click on the image to the right to go the Amazon page for this book.


For more details on the Grand Union Canal see Jim Shead's canal pages.



From To Distance (m)Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
London Paddington Mile End 8.3 138 187

This makes a total distance of 8.3 miles, with 138 feet of ascent and 187 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #50
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This walk was mentioned in the following routes:
Grand Union Canal Walk
My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk

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