With the lovely weather we’ve been having in January it’s been nice to do some longer cruises and my favourite trip of the year so far has been all the way from Little Venice to Hackney Wick to see the London 2012 Olympics site. We get there by following the Regents Canal down the locks at Camden, after which we pass through the new developments at Kings Cross, Kings Place and th 970 yards of Islington Tunnel. Through the tunnel is Angel, maybe taking a quick break at the canalside Narrowboat pub before going on through Shoreditch which is undergoing an amazing makeover and is a really exciting destination in its own right!
How marvellous to be able to take a party there on Saturday night and drop them within a few minutes walk of some of London’s most exciting new bars and restaurants. Once we go beyond Shoreditch is London Fields, another exciting possibility for a break, taking in coffee shops, eclectic shops and bars.
Victoria Park borders the canal as we drop down yet another lock at Old Ford before joining the Hertford Union Canal – one of London’s hidden delights, with Victoria Park and even a plant nursery with its own Lockside gate.
Best of all though, after the last of the eleven locks we reach the end of the Hertford Union and join the River Lee. WOW!!! There, right infront of us, is the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, really close up! Security is very tight and you won’t be able to actually go in, but this is the first of several photo opportunities not to be missed.
We can even go further, dropping down the electric powered lock at Old Ford (not to be confused with the other Old Ford Lock on the Regents Canal!) and viewing the Olympic Park from the boat as we now travel down the river Lee towards Limehouse. If you want to see it even closer then its possible to stop for a walk up the Greenway to the official veiwing platforms. There’s so much moreto see from the boat on this stretch, including the lovely Three Mills before joining Limehouse Cut at Bow Locks, which takes us into the old Regents Canal Dock, now known as Limehouse Basin full of excitement amongst the crews of boats waiting for the tide on the River Thames as well as moored boats of all descriptions on Limehouse Marina.
Limehouse makes an excellent half way or full time stop, as we are only minutes from the Limehouse DLR station and some interesting pubs and eating places too.
How long is the trip? Well Little Venice to Limehouse will be about 5 or 6 hours as its 8 miles and there are 12 locks to negotiate, so I happy to offer this as a special one way trip, or join us for the return direction starting at Limehouse to Camden or Little Venice.
For the brave let’s do the whole thing in a day!! You will have the most memorable experience and I will be exhausted – haha.
If we get sufficient interest, we will also operate shorter trips from Limehouse – a two hour round trip for private charter up to 12 people at any time to suit you, or open to the public – please ask for details of our next trip!
I would love to be able to share this experience with you, so please call 07899 800856 or email us for more information.
You will be the envy of your friends when you tell them you visited the Olympic site by boat,so why not bring them too? we have room for up to 12 onboard and operate any day you choose.