London Canal Museum
Guided Canal History Walk
Arrive at museum approximately 1.00-1.30pm for museum visit.
Walk starts 3.00pm and ends at Camden Town at around 4.30pm.
Adult 16-59: £7.50
Concession (student, person aged 15 and under, person aged 60 and over, unwaged person): £6.00
Visit the London Canal Museum from 10.00am onwards and at 3.00pm join a museum guide for a walk along the towpath of The Regent's Canal.
The walk starts from the museum and joins the canal at Caledonian Road where we take a short detour to see the mouth of Islington Tunnel. The guide will tell you about the tunnel's past - it is the longest canal tunnel in the south of England and was once served by a steam chain tug pulling trains of barges through three-quarters of a mile of gloom. Then we turn west and pass a host of modern developments, amongst which we can still see reminders of the canal's industrial past, and of the air-raid precautions of the Second World War. We will see Battlebridge Basin, and the former railway water tower that now adjoins St. Pancras Lock. The lock-keeper's cottage once housed a steam pumping engine. Pass above the London to Edinburgh main railway, and under the London to Paris main railway, as we explore the route along which horses pulled barges and narrowboats. Discover remains of the past that you would be unlikely to notice without a guide. Arriving at Camden Town, see the famous Camden Locks and if you wish, take tea in the former lock-keeper's cottage, which is now a cafe and information centre. This is the site of the hydro-pneumatic lock, buit by "rocket man" William Congreve and then abandoned by the canal company. Our guide will explain!
The walk is step-free and wheelchair users are welcome. Participants should be able to walk a mile and a half. There are no toilet facilities after you leave the museum. We leave the museum at 3.00pm and expect to arrive at Camden Town around 4.30pm.
Should be booked online in advance. Any unsold places will be available to be booked at the museum on the day. Places are limited. Refunds are not made. The booking includes museum entry beforehand.
London Canal Museum
12-13 New Wharf Road
London N1 9RT