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Guided by Canal Guides
Short description: Forget the pavement, the sidewalk, the street, the beaten path. The towpath – unseen, untrodden, unexplored, unknown London – beckons.
Long description: The London of a couple of centuries ago. A London of tunnels and bridges and narrow boats and locks. To say nothing of the life and death struggle between the workhorses of the canals and the iron horses of the railways. Ooh. Ah. Yes. The towpath. Shows you a stretch of London – a secret interstice of London – you won't have seen before. And makes for a fascinating look at our past.
And maybe at our future. In the shape of the Granary Building complex. To see London you have to hear it. So hear this: Granary Building. That's right. It was the trans-shipment point for cargoes of grain – from the north by rail into waiting canal barges. It's now a hub of the fashion industry, the home of the buzz, the centrepiece of a complete transformation of the area. And more shape-shifting – a splendid nature reserve on what was an industrial site. And mind's eye transformations as well. Great connections and asides and notations – a telling Dickens glimpse, for example. And the usual – usual? – canal life and times and culture and history details. Everything from horse dips to tow rope scars to ARP gates. All of it leading up to the Wizard of Oz moment – the canal's magic carpeting us right into the middle of London's Mardi Gras: Camden Market. And unlike the hordes, we've got the key – we know where the market structures came from, why they're there, what they were for. N.B. this walk is conducted in partnership with the Inland Waterways Association. It'll be guided by a member of the Canal Guides team.
London Walks normally runs two different Regent's Canal Walks every month. Their allotted place is the 2.30 pm Tour du Jour slot on the first and third Sunday of each month.
In addition to the bi-monthly Sunday at 2.30 pm canal walks there are always a few Regent's Canal and other Inland Waterways "wild card" walks that come up as "specials."
As for routes – there are now getting on for a dozen different Regent's Canal and other Inland Waterways walks. Each of them gets a couple of airings (or more) every year. They're guided by members of the Inland Waterways Association.
This walk: The Regent's Canal – King's Cross - Granary Square - Camden Town takes place at 2.30 pm on Sunday, May 19; at 2.30 pm on Sunday, August 18; and at 10.45 am on Saturday, October 5. The meeting point is King's CrossTube (meet by the taxi rank).
N.B. The "Latecomer's Catch-up Stop" is on the Canal Towpath, at the York Way Bridge, immediately north of King's CrossStation. The walk ends near Camden TownTube.
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If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Regent's Canal walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have a Regent's Canal Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.
A private London Walk makes a very special (and unusual) gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.
The famous white leaflet. "Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.