TAKE A WALK THROUGH THE HISTORY OF LONDON’S CANALS

Issue date: 28 January, 2019

Walks Take Place Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Month

If you're looking for something different to do in London at the weekends, how about taking a walk along some of the capital's historic canals in the company of a knowledgeable guide from The Inland Waterways Association (IWA)?
The IWA Canal Walks run every first and third Sunday of the month at 2.30pm, come rain or shine. A full calendar of all walks can be found at www.walks.com. Simply choose your date and see which one of almost a dozen different canal walks is running that day. Details of the walk, as well as information about where to meet your guide, will be listed. Meeting points are always at a London station, either train or tube. The walks last approximately 2 hours. There is no need to book and walks cost just £10 per person (£8 concessions and kids go free).
The expert canal guides are all members of the IWA. They provide a full commentary on the walks and have some fantastic stories about life on the waterways. These include details about some of the historic canal-side buildings, famous residents who chose to live alongside the canals and tales of adventure, plots and ghostly goings-on.
Many of the walks include a visit to the picturesque surroundings of Little Venice. Most people already know that Browning's Pool in Little Venice is named after the poet, Robert Browning, but most people assume that Little Venice is named after Italy's famous City of Canals, which isn't the case! As Roger Wilkinson, one of the IWA Canal Guides explains, "It was actually the novelist, Margery Allingham who first came up with the name 'Little Venice'. She mentioned Little Venice in her 1934 novel, 'Death of a Ghost' and the name stuck."
Fees from the Canal Walks are donated back to IWA and go towards helping to protect and restore the UK's 6,500 miles of waterways.

Walking along the canals

For further press information, please contact Jo Henderson at IWA on email: jo.henderson@waterways.org.uk or phone 07714 019 827.