I had been given a bike as a birthday gift and now I was worried for my life. Was I going to be safe on it?
The very thought of cycling London’s busy streets frightened me. Even with the aid of a helmet protecting my head I simply couldn’t get enough will power to join all those cars and trucks. London’s busy roads did not resemble the empty country roads I grown up cycling on. I really wanted to cycle again and I needed to start somewhere.
So I did a spot of research and discovered a whole network of paths that run along the canals. They weave themselves like snakes amongst London’s structures. I felt like I had found a treasure trove waiting to be explored. This was my chance to see a part of London that I didn’t even knew existed and to get back into cycling again. So I did. I started with a small section of the Regents canal. With camera in hand off I went on my new bike.
Beginning at Angel I was greeted with endless graffiti which is forever being changed and updated. I cycled west towards the hustle and bustle of Camden town with all its colourful market stalls. The path can be bumpy at times and you can get quite close to the water’s edge and the thought of falling in the murky depths of the canal will give you goosebumps. What lurks beneath always has me curious…
Past Camden and you head towards the out skirts of Regent’s Park. The path becomes lush green with big trees looming overhead. Some of London Zoo soon surrounds the canal and animal spotting can be done for free. Giraffe, hyena and wild dogs all looking down at me cycling by and wondering.
The Regent’s canal comes to an end when you reach the picturesque Little Venice. A lovely spot to marvel at the beauty of a canals and also a chance to quench one’s thirst.
It was a short cycle ride, but it was enough for me to want to do another one.