Walk #65: Alperton to Paddington
Map of the walk
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This was a nice short walk on a nice Saturday afternoon. It was a pleasant day with a mixture of sunshine and cloud, which made for ideal walking weather.
The towpath between Alperton and Paddington is on concrete or tarmac for the whole distance, and therefore I wore my x-trainers rather than my hiking boots, which were neatly stowed away in my rucksack. The going was easy, there were no locks (not that climbing locks requires any special exertions) and the scenery was not particularly urban (it was certainly better than walking into London via smog-filled and dangerous main roads, or by the Thames Path which becomes very dinghy between Teddington Lock and Westminster).
It was very nice walking along this section of canal again after an absence of four and a half years. Unlike the sections further west it really has not changed that much - Old Oak Common railway depot is still visible over a wall, the gas holders near Kensal Green are still present, and the motorway still encroaches over the canal near Paddington. However there were far more joggers than there used to be, perhaps this was down to the fact that it was a Saturday and I always used to walk this section during the week.
I find it amazing that the canals around London are such an under-used resource. True, fishermen and joggers use them, you get the occasional canal boat and today there were some youngsters canoeing along below the gasholders at Kensal Green. But considering the massive population in London I find it amazing that more people do not use these green corridors through London. They really are an ideal way of cycling or walking from one side of London to the other, and even out of London in various directions.
From Alperton station walk a few hundred yards to the canal. Turn right off the steps from the bridge and follow the canal towpath for a little over six miles towards Paddington Basin. Cross over to the other side of the canal and walk along the towpath southwards through Paddington Basin and then along roads to Paddington Station.
Navigation is very easy from Alperton tube station to the canal, and once on the canal it is simply a case of keeping he water on your left. When you get to Paddington Basin a look at the London A to Z could come in handy, although Paddington tube and railway stations are signposted.
This makes a total distance of 6.4 miles, with 121 feet of ascent and 147 feet of descent.
Alperton is served by Piccadilly line tube services. Paddington is on the Circle, District and Hammersmith and City lines, and is also served by main-line services.
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