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East End Waterways

  • Oct 12, 2013 · 1:45 PM
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Walk length 6 miles/9.6 km approx. Circular.

A chance to explore some of the waterways of the East End along various interconnecting canals and tow paths.

Walk Description

The walk starts from Limehouse station at Limehouse Basin and follows the Limehouse Cut East to the River Lee, before following the River Lee North and then taking the Hertford Union Canal and Regent's Canal back to Limehouse Basin and Limehouse Station.

Limehouse Basin was a major assembly point for shipping during the 19th Century, providing a Thames connection to the canal system. The Limehouse Cut and the Hertford Canal provided a link from the important Lee Navigation to the Regent’s Canal and Thames respectively.

There are a number of interesting old wharfs and factories along this route, many have been converted into flats or offices, however a great deal of old industrial heritage is still visible.

Close to the end of the walk is the Ragged School building, which is now a museum and was where Dr Barnardo set up a school to educate poor children. It was one of a number of so called ‘Ragged Schools’ set up across working class areas in Britain during the 19th Century.

At the end of the walk we will get some refreshments at 'The Grapes' which is a traditional old pub close to Limehouse Basin that dates back to the 18th century and was frequented by Charles Dickens.

Although not a full guided tour walk, I will be pointing out some historical sights.


Meet outside Limehouse DLR station from 1.45pm for the walk to start at 2.00pm. The walk finishes back at Limehouse DLR. Limehouse is on the Dockland light railway See Transport for London

Limehouse station has a number of exits, meet outside the branch road exit closest to the canal basin, see photo below.

Please keep your 'RSVP' updated for this event as it would help me get accurate numbers, and determine who is turning up for the walk; my phone number is Colin 07709 305681.

Weather: Updates will be posted; see also BBC Weather
Please see our weather policy

Walking Safety:

Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking shoes, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions

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  • Theresa

    Great walk, and great company while exploring some of Londons waterways

    October 13, 2013

  • Steen

    Walked THREE of London's heritage waterways. A great walk through the past and the present.

    October 12, 2013

  • Steen

    Sorry about the late notice, Colin. Got a hangover.

    October 12, 2013

  • Colin

    much better weather forecast today. should be bright this afternoon!

    October 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Colin thats great coz im looking forward to this. Thanks

      October 12, 2013

  • Colin

    Weather is variable tomorrow, maybe some light rain, but hoping we can do the whole walk. We will get a refreshment stop earlier on the walk if it gets too bad. if really bad we will go straight to the Grapes!

    October 11, 2013

  • Colin

    Just to let you know the times for the walk are half an hour later. I have sent an email. meet from 1.45pm for the walk to start at 2pm.

    October 7, 2013

  • Pedro

    Lot of koalas going on this walk! :-D

    1 · October 3, 2013

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