Regent's Canal is a Wilderness Waterway in an Urban Setting

Regent's Canal is a wilderness in an urban setting. The 8 1/2 mile long canal cuts through the northern part of London and passes through a varied mixture of wildlife and urban regeneration. Established in 1816, the canals were used to transport goods long distances, with horses pulling narrow boats along the waterways. A series of locks were built to connect the waterways at different levels.

Now it is a wonderful way to experience nature, wild and tamed, in the heart of a city. Baby coots make their way with their mother along the waterway.

The canal is an oasis of peace and quiet within the busy city. Blackberries grow in the bushes along the way. Bitter now, they will be delicious by the end of the month.

Some urban graffiti along the way. Whether it is by the now-famous graffiti artist Banksy, or just by a fan is unclear.

A children's camp provides kayaking lessons in the canal.

New apartments dot the route. As can be seen by the bicycles on the balconies, cycling is popular. The cyclists are many and aggressive. They should ring a bell and warn pedestrians but in fact it is walker beware. How many pedestrians have landed in the murky waters is unknown but certain.

The house boats are a delightful way to live and travel along the waterway. There are tour boats that do the route too.

A pleasant vista as you round a corner. : Regent's Canal

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