The Regents Canal from Islington to Limehouse Basin and The Thames.

Things to see whilst wandering along the Regent's Canal towpath as it goes through London's East End before dropping south to meet the River Thames.

The following is a continuation of our Regent's Canal Paddington to St Pancras topic. The canal passes by some really interesting (and nicely named) places on it's way to Limehouse and also connects with the Hertford Union Canal. The only drawback is having to leave the towpath to get past Islington Tunnel - otherwise there is often lots of activity beside the towpath including at Mile End.
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Maiden Lane Bridge 36, Regents Canal, London, England.
Maiden Lane Bridge
Old canal side warehouse along the Regent's Canal
Old warehouse
Battlebridge Basin, Regents Canal, London, England.
Battlebridge Basin
Regent's Canal warehouses
Canal Warehouses

The 976 yard long Islington Tunnel on The Regents Canal.

Islington Tunnel was designed and built by James Morgan between 1815 and 1818 - the tunnel does not have an internal towpath so barges were "legged" through. Walkers and cyclists therefore have to leave the Regents Canal at this point and divert through Angel via several roads. This could really benefit from a map showing the way but sadly all that exists is a sign saying leave the canal and then just a little way up the road at Colebrook Row one more sign - that is it.
Directions: Walk up to Colebrooke Row - turn right and shortly left into Duncan Street. At the end of the road turn left now along Upper Street (it's the A1) then right into White Lion Street - this changes into Donegal Street after a while. At the end of Donegal Street turn right into Rodney Street to then reach Wynford Road. Go left and then almost immediately right along Muriel Street - the canal is a short distance along on the left.
Caledonian Road Bridge 87, Regents Canal, London, England.
Caledonian Road Bridge
Islington Tunnel western portal - Regent's Canal, London.
Islington Tunnel west
Islington Tunnel eastern portal, Regents Canal, London, England.
Islington Tunnel east
Banbury Street Bridge, Regents Canal, London, England.
Banbury Street Bridge
City Road Lock 5 and a nice chimney, Regents Canal, London, England.
City Road Lock 5
City Road Lock, Regents Canal, London, England.
City Road Lock + chimney
Wharf Road Bridge 39, Regents Canal, London, England.
Wharf Road Bridge
Wenlock Basin - Regents Canal, London.
Wenlock Basin
A pipebridge and bridge 40, Regents Canal, London, England.
Pipebridge + bridge40
Bridge 40, Regents Canal, London, England.
Bridge 40
Sturts Lock 6, Regents Canal, London, England.
Sturts Lock 6
New North Roadbridge, Regents Canal, London, England.
New North Roadbridge
Pipe and Southgate Road bridge, Regents Canal, London, England.
Southgate Roadbridge
Witmore Road Bridge, Regents Canal, London, England.
Witmore Road Bridge
Entrance to Kingsland Basin, Regents Canal, London, England.
Entrance Kingsland Basin
Kingsland Basin - Regents Canal in London.
Kingsland Basin
Kingsland Roadbridge, Regents Canal, London, England.
Kingsland Roadbridge
Regents Canal Bridge 46
Regents Canal
Bridge 46
Haggerston Bridge, Regents Canal, London, England.
Haggerston Bridge
Pipe and Queensbridge Road Bridge 48, Regents Canal, London, England.
Queensbridge bridge
Actons Lock 7, Regents Canal, London, England.
Actons Lock 7
Lock gates at Actons Lock, Regents Canal, London, England.
Lockgates Actons Lock
Pritchards Road Bridge 49, Regents Canal, London, England.
Pritchards Road Bridge
Canal view - Regents Canal
Canal views
Railway-bridge 50, Regents Canal, London, England.
Railway bridge 50
Mare Street Bridge 51, Regents Canal, London, England.
Mare Street Bridge
Bonner Hall Bridge 52, Regents Canal, London, England.
Bonner Hall Bridge
Bonner Hall Bridge, The Regents Canal, London.
Bonner Hall Bridge
Particularly between the 1830s right up to the end of the First World War, The Regent's Canal carried quite a volume of tonnage - with canal barges moving a variety of cargo including bricks, coal, glass as well as grain, chemicals and beer. Famous old English canal freight carrying companies such as Pickfords and Fellowes Morton and Clayton Ltd used the Regent's Canal quite heavily.
Regents Canal - Old Ford Lock 8
Old Ford Lock 8
Old Ford Lockgates, Regents Canal, London, England.
Old Ford Lockgates
Old Ford Roadbridge 54, Regents Canal, London, England.
Old Ford Roadbridge
The Hertford Union Canal Junction, Regents Canal, London, England.
Hertford Union Canal Jc

The Hertford Union Canal or Duckett's Canal in London.

At only 1.5km long the Hertford Union Canal - which is also known as Duckett's Canal - was opened in 1830 and was designed to provide another commercial link between the River Thames (via the Regent's Canal) and the River Lee Navigation. Please see our River Lee Navigation topic for photos taken along the Hertford Union Canal.
Gun Maker's Bridge (photo below) is named after the nearby Gunmakers Arms and Gunmakers Wharf - the London Small Arms Factory was situated by the Wharf and produced components for several famous military rifles including the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield which was used during the 1914-1918 war. The factory used the Regents Canal to transport the components to Enfield.
Hertford Union Canal leaves the Regents Canal
Hertford Union leaves Regents Canal
Entrance bridge 54a, Regents Canal, London, England.
Entrance bridge 54a
Roman Road Bridge 55, Regents Canal, London, England.
Roman Road Bridge 55
Railway Bridge 56, Regents Canal, London, England.
Railway Bridge56
Mile End Lock 9, Regents Canal, London, England.
Mile End Lock 9
Mile End Lock gates, Regents Canal, London, England.
Mile End Lockgates
Mile End Roadbridge 57, Regents Canal, London, England.
Mile End Roadbridge
Pipe and Gunmakers Arms Bridge 58, Regents Canal, London, England.
Gunmakers Arms Bridge
Gunmakers Arms Bridge and another pipebridge, Regents Canal, London, England.
Gunmakers Arms Bridge
Jonsons Lock 10, Regents Canal, London, England.
Jonsons Lock 10
Lock gates at Jonsons Lock, Regents Canal, London, England.
Lockgates Jonsons Lock
Ben Jonson Roadbridge 59, Regents Canal, London, England.
Ben Jonson Roadbridge
Regents Canal Railwaybridge 60
Railway Bridge60
Salmon Lane Lock 11
Salmon Lane Lock11
Road bridge 61 - Regents Canal
Road bridge 61
Bridge 61, Regents Canal, London, England.
Bridge 61
Bridge 62 and pipebridge 63, Regents Canal, London, England.
Bridge 62
Regents Canal - Commercial Roadbridge 64
Commercial Roadbridge
Commercial Road Lock 12, Regents Canal, London, England.
Commercial Road Lock
Regents Canal Lock 12, a pipebridge and Bridge 64
Lock 12, pipes, Bridge 64
Docklands Light Railway Bridge - Regents Canal, london
Docklands Railway bridge
Limehouse Basin, London
Limehouse Basin
The start of Limehouse Cut in London
Limehouse Cut
Nicely shaped flats at Limehouse Basin, Regents Canal
Limehouse Basin
Entrance to Limehouse Basin from The Thames
Thames at Limehouse Basin
Limehouse swing footbridge
Limehouse swing footbridge
The wide deep Limehouse Lock, London.
Limehouse Lock
Entrance to Limehouse Marina and Basin, London.
Entrance to Limehouse
Limehouse Marina Bridge, London, England.
Limehouse Marina Bridge
The River Thames at Limehouse, London
The River Thames
Regents Canal and River Thames meet in London
The Thames, London
An Accumulator Tower at Limehouse Basin, London.
Accumulator Tower

About Limehouse Basin which is situated close to the River Thames in the East End of London.

This is a really nicely laid out area - even the blocks of (probably very expensive) flats and so on have been designed to appear "ship-like" and fit in well - also some of the original old brick buildings have been preserved. Limehouse Cut leaves from the Basin and provides a link up to the River Lee Navigation and also the River Stort Navigation for boat owners (as well as for cyclists and towpath walkers).
The River Thames is just a few hundred yards from Limehouse Basin - there is an excellent swing bridge on the way and once you reach the Thames the river and views are impressive - just here there are also several Thames side public houses. The nicely preserved brick chimney and tower shown in the final photo above is of an accumulator tower which was used to regulate pressure in the hydraulic systems that powered the lock gates, capstans, cranes and swing bridges within the dock area. The accumulator tower thankfully has survived the bull-dozers - it was used from around 1869 through to the 1920s.
The first part of the Regent's Canal is covered by our Regents Canal Paddington to St Pancras topic.
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