A route through the leafy suburbs of North London on the Paddington arm of the Grand Union Canal

veniceThe Paddington Arm runs from the junction with the Regent’s Canal at Little Venice, then through the suburbs of West London until it joins with the main Grand Union Canal at Bulls Bridge Junction near Slough.
Just beyond the Harrow Road at Old Oak Common the canal passes the sylvan delights of the huge Kensal Green cemetery. This was developed under the Victorians when churchyards in West London became too crowded to accept more bodies. The cemetery is laid out with avenues of trees and huge monuments, and some notable Victorians like Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Anthony Trollope and Richard Makepeace Thackeray were buried here. Coffins used to be delivered here by the canal and you can still see the landing piers by the canal bank.

Route 1 : Horsenden Hill visitor centre (UB6 7PQ) to Little Venice and return – 15 miles. Park at the Visitor centre which is also home to the Ealing Canoe club

Useful links : Grand Union Canal at Perivale


Head north on the A312 all the way to the A40. Turn right heading towards London, exiting after 2 miles at Perivale and heading north onto Horsenden Lane South. Continue for about a mile until you go over the canal and the visitor centre is a sharp right turn after the bridge.

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