The Regent’s Canal – Mile End to Limehouse

(2 customer reviews)

Mile End tube station, London

Guided by Canal Guides

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
7 May 2023 Tour du Jour 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
1 October 2023 Tour du Jour 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online


Short read: To get to know the Regent’s Canal is to tap into a completely different London – a London most people never see.

Longer read: It’s old, back-door, far from the madding crowd London. It’s a London where time slows right down – to the pace of the horse-drawn canal barges. Or I suppose you could say it’s a London where time stopped – nearly 200 years ago! At one time the Regent’s Canal’s Limehouse Dock was the gateway to the whole of the UK canal network. And what a gateway: it’s an impressive 10 acres of water and four acres of quays and wharves –- plus the entry lock into the Thames, two miles below London Bridge.

And it’s not just what you see – it’s how you see it. Because guided as they are by members of the IWA, the Regent’s Canal walks show you special bits and bobs – tiny details that open up an age and an era, that explain the workings of the canals. N.B. The walk ends near Limehouse station. It’s part of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) system, which, if you think about it, makes for an almost dizzying transformation: from the Age of Canals to cutting edge 21st century London! The DLR is a completely automated, elevated whoosh – with lots of Wow! factor – through the largest urban redevelopment in Europe. And if you’ve got a 2-Zone Travel Card, well it’s a “ticket to ride” on the DLR.


Regent’s Canal – Mile End to Limehouse takes place at 2.30 pm on Sunday, May 7 and at 2.30 pm on Sunday, October 1.

The meeting point for the Regent’s Canal – Mile End to Limehouse walk is just outside the exit of Mile End Tube.


The Regent’s CanalMile End to Limehouse walk is one of a series of Regent’s Canal and other Inland Waterways walks that we conduct in partnership with the IWA (Inland Waterways Association). There are getting on for a dozen different canal and Inland Waterways walks in their repertory. The Canal Walks’ regular slot is the 2.30 pm Tour du Jour offering on the first and third Sunday of every month. And there are usually a handful of “guest appearance” canal walks that run as “Specials” on selected dates in any given Summer or Winter London Walks programme.

There’s more. The guides are all members of the IWA. They have some formidable expertise – know the canals better than “ordinary mortals” And – how special is this – they donate their fees to the IWA. So you’re supporting a good cause – doing a seriously good turn – when you go on one of our canal walks.


If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, The Regent's Canal – Mile End to Limehouse it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the The Regent's Canal – Mile End to Limehouse walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] 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 fab 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.


Don’t just take it from us.


2 reviews for The Regent’s Canal – Mile End to Limehouse

  1. Pat Pledger

    As usual, Charlie’s walk and talk was really informative and fascinating, with lots of interesting stories in between. This is a wonderful insight into a canal running through the centre of a city overlooked by blocks of flats and industrial buildings, as well as historic remains along the towpath and ending in a modern day marina and the River Thames.
    Highly recommended and a London walk with a difference.

  2. Lynne

    I really appreciated this very enjoyable walk. The guide was excellent, and the route took in a superb view along the Thames. This is the first time I’ve been on a London Walk, but I’m certainly thinking of doing more.

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