This is the second stage of the King’s Cross to Ivinghoe Beacon jaunt via the Grand Union Canal.
Took the bus from King’s Cross to Baker street where I walked on down past the Westway…
I’m up and down the Westway, in an’ out the lights
What a great traffic system – it’s so bright
I can’t think of a better way to spend the night
Then speeding around underneath the yellow lights
The Clash – London’s Burning
…and arrived at the trail head, Paddington.
It was lunchtime and the place was full of office workers eating and students lounging about smoking fags in the indifferent sun.
I soon hit the tow path proper and admired the brightly decorated narrowboats.
The first hour of the walk took me through inner city west London, the tow path largely empty apart from the occasional cyclist, the canal itself largely empty other than Moorhen parents frantically feeding their endlessly chirping chicks.
The North Circular Road aqueduct took me by surprise! It really was the last thing I was expecting and I stood for a while marvelling at the sight.
The photo I took below really doesn’t do it justice.
So admire this one instead (borrowed with thanks from www.canalworld.net) :
Just after the aqueduct I spotted the rather forlorn and smelly River Brent which leads on down to the Thames. Another walk for another day.
The tow path took me past light industrial units and factories. Signs along the way reflected the ethnic mix of the area.
Eventually I reached the suburbs…
…and took a diversion from the canal to walk up Horsenden Hill.
A couple of miles later I reached Greenford. Actually, I smelt it first as the Hovis factory is based just by the tow path.
By the entrance to the canal is a pub called the Black Horse. I stopped there for a half pint of London Pride and reflected on a good walk.