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Section 3 (Camden to Victoria Park)

3 (Camden to Victoria Park)

Description:

A satisfying stretch along the Regent’s Canal, from famous Camden Lock to the main site for the London 2012 Olympic Games, this section highlights the contrasts of a living, growing capital, meandering between old districts and new developments, each with their own unique style and atmosphere.

This is the third section of the Jubilee Greenway. Most of the route runs along the Regent’s Canal from Camden Lock to Victoria Park – with one diversion from the canal in Islington where the walker cannot follow the towpath and must cross some roads. At Victoria Park the Regent’s Canal joins the Hertford Union Canal, running round the southern perimeter of Victoria Park. It also runs down the Mile End extension to Limehouse, joining the Thames at the Limehouse Basin (see section 10 for more details).

This section of the route takes the walker through Camden Town, Islington, Hackney and Bethnal Green, leading finally to Victoria Park. This provides the walker or cyclist with a fascinating look at how London is changing; passing many new developments and constructions, while savouring the atmosphere of the canal. In some ways the towpath side has changed little, whereas the south side of the canal has developed a great deal. You can also find out more about the history of the canals at www.canalmuseum.org.uk which is just off the walk, on the south side.

Victoria Park is one of the sites for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Distance:

4.5 miles ( 7 km)

Start:

Camden Lock (TQ286840)

Finish:

Victoria Park – Canal Gate (TQ351835)

Recommended direction:

West to East

Terrain and surface:

Pavements, roads and towpaths; mostly level but goes over some arched bridges with ramps. No steps. One steep slope down to the towpath near Colebrook Row.

Signage:

The Jubilee Greenway has been waymarked with distinctive glass pavement slabs at regular intervals - the crown points in the direction of travel

Refreshments and toilets:

Cafés at Camden Lock, Chapel Market and Victoria Park. Toilets at Camden Lock Market and Victoria Park. Also toilet available within the shop area of London Canal Museum during opening hours - admission to the shop is free of charge - Museum open Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am - 4:30pm, plus also Bank Holiday Mondays.

Public transport and breakpoints:

Start of section: Camden Town
End of section: Cambridge Heath (rail) or Bethnal Green (tube)

There are buses all along the way.

For more information on public transport please see Transport for London's Journey Planner.

Links with other walks:

Regent's Canal towpath, New River Path, Olympic Route Victoria Park to Stepney

Map required:

People planning to cycle the route might also like to order a free cycling map from TfL to take out – as in places the walking route and cycling route are different.

Access information:

The route follows pavements, roads and tow paths; it’s mostly level but goes over some arched bridges with ramps. There are no steps, except up to Camley Road nature reserve which is off the route.

 

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