Islington to Limehouse

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Islington to Limehouse

22-Apr-18 • WolvoLee on Flickr

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Islington to Limehouse

22-Apr-18 • WolvoLee on Flickr

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13-Aug-19 • hikinginlondon on Flickr

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Angel to Limehouse walk


This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Wed, 30-Sep-20

Date # Post
Thu, 26-Dec-19 15

Angel to Limehouse

This is a squelch free walk (ok, there may be a few puddles) for those who may wish to stretch their legs after the festivities. The walk can be extended to Greenwich for those with an appetite for a longer outing

Length 7 miles (11.5 km)
Toughness 1 out of 10

Getting there

Angel underground station is served by TFL's Northern line (Bank branch). There are also many bus routes through the area.
Meet at the exit of the Underground Station's ticket hall for 10:30 am

Getting back

Catch a DLR from Limehouse, Jubilee line/DLR from Canary Wharf or DLR from Greenwich. The DLR has many connections with the tube network,


An Oyster Card covering your starting zone and zones 1 and 2 or use your contactless credit/debit card.


An easy flat walk on towpaths and footpaths. This walk initially passes the "Hanging gardens of Islington" along Regents Canal before passing through Victoria Park. The recommended pub stop is The Crown just beyond this park (although there are many other hostelries en route). Although the walk finishes at Limehouse, walkers may continue to Canary Wharf at Docklands. From Canary Wharf it is also possible to continue to Greenwich by following the Canary Wharf start of the Greenwich Park walk (pages 5/6 of the PDF).

Get all the gen here

Lastly, Season's greetings to all our walkers and as ever, thanks to our writers, posters and organisers for their untiring efforts. Let's hope 2020 is another great year for walking.

Thanks for this posting
See you all there
[Checks TFL website whilst considering a second portion of Christmas pudding...] Doh! No tube to Angel station on Boxing Day. Plenty of buses from King's Cross St. Pancras? Alternatives? Limited Overground service e.g. Haggerston?
Go to Highbury and Islington, then walk to Angel in 15 minutes, or get bus.
There's good bus connections from Barbican and Kings Cross too.
TFL for planning details
Buses 30 or 73 from in front of King's Cross station. Around a 12 minute bus journey or 20 minute walk up Pentonville Road. Alternatively a 20 minute walk from Highbury and Islington south along Upper Street. Haggerston is about 5 minutes north of the canal and the group should reach that bridge about 20 25 minutes after setting off, so a little before 11. Making this your best bet if you are late, but possibly only 3 trains an hour on Boxing Day.

Andrew (living in Angel)
15 on this walk.
Weather fine and bright during the morning,
rain after lunch.
Thank you to Mike for posting this walk,
absolutely perfect for Boxing Day.
Thu, 11-Jul-19 12

Evening Walk - Angel to Limehouse (The Regent’s Canal, Victoria and Mile End Parks)

Length: 11.4 km/7.1 mi; Height Gain: negligible
Meet 18.45 hours prompt outside Angel Station (Northern Line - Bank Branch, Zone 1), travel time from Bank 5 minutes, from King’s Cross 2 minutes.
Finish: Limehouse DLR and Mainline (Zone 2).
“A canal-side walk through North and East London. This is a simple walk, (keep the canal on the right apart for the Victoria Park extension) and ideal for mid-summer evenings.”
Walk Options: bail out at Mile End (Central Line), after 8.5 km.

Refreshments: The Narrow and The Grapes, both in Narrow Street.
For a detailed route map, gpx/kml file, some photos and pdf directions click here. T=short.29
Just a heads up to say there's a funfair just past the Green Bridge at Mile End (Irvine Leisure) This will be easy enough to go around and rejoin the towpath. (Unless you'd like to stop to have a go on the Dodgems or something a bit more extreme like the Megaspin!)
Intend going
11 gathered outside the bustling Angel tube station one with a bicycle who sped off shortly after doing names....However, he did resurface in Victoria Park and provided some nice personal insights into route....With a latecomer catching us early along the canal, we made for a group of 12 in total in somewhat sultry summer conditions.

I had never done this walk before and found it a great summer evening outing...Initially, the canal from Islington is quite a busy multi use super highway but we all managed along with no one ending up in the drink...One could certainly get distracted along this stretch with some quite fun and funky looking canal side hostelries….but the more disciplined members of the group (not me) kept us on track until at least the far side of Victoria Park where we did finally stop to rehydrate...Most carried on to Limehouse but as it was getting quite late by then...we continued directly to Canary Wharf for transport....

A nice evening in good company...
Thu, 17-Aug-17 16

Islington to Limehouse - An evening stroll

Islington to Limehouse

A walk along the Regents Canal and its environs

This is a canal led walk

Length : 9 km or 5 miles

Toughness : 1 out of 10

Getting there : Catch a tube/bus or walk to the Angel

Meeting point : Angel Tube Station for 6:30 pm

Tickets : Oyster, Travelcard, Freedom pass

A small section of the canal towpath has been shut due to a fire, so I've taken the opportunity to extend the walk further into Victoria Park and revise the directions to suit

Brief Description

A canal side walk through North and East London. As this is a simple walk, (keep the canal on the right), I've just put the directions in this post. If you'd like to download a PDF with a map you may click here


Leave the Angel Tube Station Ticket hall by the north facing side entrance with the RBS bank on your right and proceed along Islington High Street for about 200 metres to The York pub. Turn right down Duncan Street here. In 150 metres cross Duncan Terrace (where the New River used to flow), Then cross Colebrook Row using the pedestrian crossing and immediately pass between two brick pillars to join the Regents Canal towpath as the Canal emerges from the tunnel under Islington.

The walk starts with the Hanging gardens of Islington through the ever changing vistas of North and then East London. Google maps have captured a "Canal View" for the first part of the walk if you want a taster.

After about 5 kilometres the tow path kisses the edge of Victoria Park.

Enter the park through the Canal Gate and walk along the boundary avenue (clockwise) initially in a northerly then easterly direction. In about 700 metres exit the park at the Royal Gate (directly ahead) and cross the road at the pedestrian crossing. Enter the eastern section of the park through the large gates to the right of the Royal Inn on the Park and continue in the same direction down the broad avenue in the park.

After 700 metres pass The People’s Park tavern and continue in the same direction, in a further 300 metres bare right along a path with woodland on the left. After 150 metres bear right onto a further avenue. Continue for a further 500 metres passing the London Bridge Stone Alcoves and St. Mark’s Gate.
150 metres past St. Mark’s Gate turn left on a path to exit the Park at Lock House Gate and in 10 metres turn right through an open gate following a path to the Hertford Union Canal tow path. Continue in the same directions (240 degrees) for 500 metres (initially alongside the park then under Old Ford Road followed by Victorian houses and two high rise blocks on your right). Leave the canal here by ascending the ramp to Grove Road and cross the pedestrian crossing. The Crown on the right offers options for a thirst quencher.
Turn right to continue the walk passing the Gym on the right and crossing Wennington Road. Enter Wennington Green and take the diagonal path, and in 150 metres bear slightly right then left on a grassy bank to rejoin the Regents Canal tow-path.

After a further 500 metres the canal approaches Mile End Lock. Leave the canal tow path here branching left on a footpath towards the Guardian Angels Church. If you wish to leave the walk here, you may catch a District/Central Line tube at Mile End Station 200 metres away.
Otherwise continue by climbing the path which traverses Mile End Road complete with trees flora etc. As the path descends, rejoin the towpath.

The towpath continues for a further 2 kilometres where it reaches Limehouse Basin and the Thames. Here you may cross the canal on a footbridge, continuing for 100 metres to catch a DLR from Limehouse station.

The suggested place to eat or drink at the end of the walk is The Narrow 44 Narrow Street, E14 8DP tel:0207 592 7950. To get there, turn left 50 metres after crossing the footbridge to keep the edge of Limehouse Basin on your left. Where the footpath meets a road, turn left onto the road continuing as it swings right until The Narrow appears at a road junction.

Those with an appetite to walk further may wish to explore Basin approach, Ropemakers field and the remains of the Thames Path to Westferry Circus (Thames Clipper Pier here) and the delights of Docklands

Enjoy! T=short.29

In fine weather, 16 walkers on this walk's premiere, who strode off at good pace to have a chance of finishing in daylight. 10.5 km we clocked up in the end. Plenty of interesting houses, industrial estates and newly gentrified areas of East London to look at, combined with the usual canal side hubbub of locks, boats, cafes and pubs, plus a very wide loop through Victoria Park and another smaller one through Mile End park. A good mix.
Some argued the route through Vic Pk should stick less to the perimeter path and meander more through the centre instead, but either way: recommended.
1 bowed out at Mile End (home), about 8 of the rest went for a drink in Limehouse, agreeing to try to find a space at The Grapes, but there wasn't any, not for eating anyway. So 3 went on to The Narrow and a riverside table (in the wintergarden).
Many thanks for all your feedback on this walk. I'll see it gets written up properly for next Summer. (with an alternative route passing the lakes and the Old English Garden in Vicky Park)
The walk was inspired by Mike Biggs who many moons would ago put on eight or so mid week Evening Walks in London over the Summer. They all started from a tube/railway station and ended at a hostelry. A great remedy to a hard day at work.
Posters (and walkers) can find a link to his latest Self Guided Walks

Next week... Wanstead Park!