Thursday, 6 August 2009

Simply Messing About in Boats (or Near Them)

Our very own Mr Ratty, Roger, strikes out east this Tuesday 11th August. Unlike that famous character from The Wind in the Willows, however, Roger’s not messing about…

“In one way,” says Roger, “the wheel has come full circle beside the Regent’s Canal at Mile End. It was built through countryside in the early 19th century. Now, there’s green space and trees again, beside the Canal along Mile End Park.

As well as parkland on the way to Limehouse (seen through the eyes of Gustave DorĂ© in 1869, above), Dr. Barnardo’s Ragged School Museum preserves the memory of what school looked like in the late 19th century.

The Grand Union Company’s steamers to Antwerp are long gone, but Limehouse Basin is full of boats. There is a complete mixture of narrowboats, dutch barges, seagoing cruisers and sailing yachts.

Besides Dickensian pubs, there are striking views along the Thames to several famous landmarks.”

The Regent’s Canal – Mile End to Limehouse Walk meets at Mile End tube station on Tuesday 11th August at 6.30 p.m.

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