#20. Kingston to Ware, 7 nights

Unfortunately, this route is booked.

The vibrance of London to the peace of Hertfordshire. A Mixture.

Our departure from Kingston and heads downstream to Thames Lock, Brentford. We head on up Brentford Gauging Lock and on to the attractive Hanwell flight of locks. Beyond, we reach Bulls Bridge and the lengthy lock-free section along the Paddington Arm, where we reach Little Venice. This section is sometimes called “London’s Back door” – you’ll see why when you do it!. Along the way, we cross London’s North Circular Road.

London Little Venice

Little Venice London

From Little Venice we take the short Maida Vale Tunnel and also through (yes, THROUGH) Regents Park Zoo, where we can see the Aviary and some of the roaming animals, as well as the grand mansions of Regents Park. The busy Primrose Hill, Camden and Kentish Town areas follow. It is difficult to fully describe the scenes and atmosphere of the area. You really need to experience Maida Vale, Islington, Kings Cross. The Islington Tunnel is a little over half a mile long. Much of it is flanked by the backs of houses and factories, which give the canal a remarkably private and peaceful world of its own.

We pass the turning of the short Hertford Union Canal (one of the shortest at about 1 mile), still known as Duckett’s Cut, after its creator. Continuing on the Regents, we reach Limehouse Basin, where then canal meets the River Thames.

R Lee, near Broxbourne

Near Broxbourne

We then turn to join the Lee Navigation (River Lee) and head north west, passing Hackney, Clapton, Walthamstow, Tottenham and Edmonton Boroughs. The Lee Valley Regional Park was the venue for canoeing and kayaking during the 2012 London Olympics.

Beyond Enfield and the M25 road bridge, the scenery becomes more rural and there are more opportunities for walking beside the river. Time has been allowed to make a visit to the beautiful Waltham Abbey. Beyond Broxbourne we reach the fork where the River Stort joins to the east.

We continue along the Lee, passing Hoddesdon and Stanstead Abbots, passing beautiful green and uncluttered water meadows, before reaching Ware, the fine old market town, where a visit is well worth the time.

A mixed route “across” our capital city through changing views, ending in peaceful surroundings.

The journey is 51 miles with 38 locks. You can help if you wish.

Join us on Kailani at 2pm. Departure on your last day will be at 10am.

The closest railway stations are at Kingston and Ware.


Unfortunately, this route is booked.

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