History and Heritage: Exploring London's Waterways - Regents Canal - 2 NIght : Simon Gregor

WI Member: £445.00

Non Member: £485.00


Starts: Monday, 27 July 2020 at 4:00PM
Ends: Wednesday, 29 July 2020 at 1:00PM
Available spaces: 15

Tutor: Simon Gregor

Alongside the well-known and sinuous curves of the River Thames, London has many other waterways, both natural and man-made.  On this course, we will learn about the Regent’s Canal, cut through northern London in the nineteenth century and linking the west and the east of the city.  Our exploration will include the colourful cast of characters involved in its creation, the technical challenges involved in building it, and the varied landscapes through which it meanders from Paddington to the east of London.  We shall also consider its history from its time as a working canal, through its relative abandonment, to its current restoration as a wonderful walking route.

Includes a trip up to London to walk a section of the canal route. Starting at Little Venice near Paddington, we shall walk east towards Kings Cross, passing Lords Cricket Ground, the Central London Mosque and Regent’s Park.  We will pause for lunch in St John’s Wood, and then press on through the park towards Primrose Hill, with magnificent views over London.  We will stop several times as we go to talk about the history and context of what we are seeing, and to consider how that fits into the broader history of the canal.  Our coach will meet us at the end of the walk to deliver us back to Denman for dinner.

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in the history of the UK in general, or of London and its waterways in particular.  The second day of the course does involve several miles of walking, albeit at a relaxed pace; and, owing to the nature of the canal towpath, a number of steps/ramps which are sometimes quite steep. Comfy walking shoes are essential

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