This is the first stage of the King’s Cross to Birmingham jaunt via the Grand Union Canal.
I joined the canal at King’s Cross and headed west towards Camden Town and Regent’s Park. I know this route extremely well as I’ve been walking it since early childhood.
I used to hang around the canal at Camden Market in my teens. This was when the market still had a down-at-heel bohemian air to it and was home to the excellent, and much missed, Compendium bookshop and a number of fine record shops. The market was heaving as I passed through, now one of London’s top five tourist attractions.
It was good to leave the market and move on down towards the zoo. This section of the walk brought back happy childhood memories of fishing for sticklebacks and, when a bit older, climbing over the fence to get into the zoo for free.
I finished this stage of the walk at Lisson Grove where I left the canal and made my way down to Marylebone Road to catch a bus back to King’s Cross.