Little Venice - September 2006

Tuesday, 19th September 2006:

Our journey from Kingston to Paddington via the River Thames, Brentford and Bulls Bridge was extremely pleasant and the vintage Kelvin performed well - especially on the fast flowing exceptionally high tide below Teddington. We enjoyed the privilege of sharing the Hanwell flight up from Brentord with David and Audrey Smith aboard 'Muffin No. 3' - they were returning to home after attending the IWA Festival at Beale Park. We completed the  26 mile journey comfortably and had time for a stroll through Kensington Gardens before dusk. The moorings at Paddington Basin were excellent - offering a safe environment with 24 hour security patrols for seven days free of charge - and all only two minutes walk from the shops and the busy Edgware Road.

After taking full advantage of our seven days in the 'West End' we proceeded along the Regents Canal through Camden and Islington to Limehouse Basin. We now intend to cruise the Lee and Stort Navigations before returning to Limehouse for a trip up the tidal Thames through Central London and on to Brentford where we shall rejoin the Grand Union Canal and start our return  journey to The Midlands.

The photograph above shows the peaceful scene at Little Venice (Maida Vale) where we stopped to fill our water tank and the pictures below show, respectively, our mooring at the end of the Paddington Basin and Jane steering 'Alnwick' into St. Pancras Lock - this was another very peaceful location and it is difficult to imagine the close proximity of the Midland and East Coast main line railways as well as all the construction work being carried out in connection with the the new international terminal at St. Pancras.

Paddington Basin - September 2006

St. Pancras Lock

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