Canalway Cavalcade Little Venice

On Saturday I went to Little Venice to see the barges in the Canalway Cavalcade.  It’s a lovely area of London, especially when the sun is shining.

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Canalway Cavalcade Programme 2013

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Map of the Canalway Cavalcade Site

Just behind Paddington station which is undergoing some refurbishment works  you will find the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal.  We started our walk from the Horse Bridge along the South Towpath past all the colourful barges decked out in their bunting.

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South Towpath Barges

We walked along the Paddington Towpath and crossed the canal to Paddington Stone Wharf where the Real Ale Tent and food stalls were located.  People were taking the opportunity to sit and enjoy the sun with a pint of real ale and a BBQ sandwich.

Rembrandt Gardens had a children’s area set up where kids were running inside inflated orbs in a big paddling pool.  The gardens were lovely and well looked after, the sign on the wall stating: “These gardens were renamed Rembrandt Gardens on 2nd May 1975 to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the founding of the City of Amsterdam and to mark the creation of a special relationship with the City of Westminster”.

Rembrandt Gardens

Rembrandt Gardens

As we left Rembrandt Gardens and continued along the North Towpath the Pageant of Boats began to return to their moorings.

Pageant Boats Returning

Pageant Boats Returning

Not only does Little Venice offer you a walk alongside the canal and the colourful barges you also have some wonderful houses along the streets directly behind the canal on either side.  It is a strange street layout with a canal splitting the rows of houses.

We came across a lovely church walking along  Delamere Terrace.

St Mary Magdalene Church, Rowington Close, W2 5TF

St Mary Magdalene Church, Rowington Close, W2 5TF

I really enjoyed my walk along the canal.  The cavalcade is an annual event so check out http://www.waterways.org.uk for information on the dates next year.  There are festivals coming up on 12th May 2013 at Ruislip Lido and 18th and 19th May 2013 at the Rickmansworth Aquadrome.

To top off the day on the way home there was a fantastic sunset!

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