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Regent’s Canal

The Regent’s Canal runs from the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal at Little Venice to Limehouse Basin.  Here the canal joins the Tidal Thames and Limehouse Cut.

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Limehouse Basin
IWA London Walks guide, Charlie Forman
Camden Lock, Regent's Canal
Limehouse Basin

Facts & Stats

8.6 miles


The length of the Regent’s Canal that is navigable.



13 locks

Regent’s Canal

The Hertford Union Canal contains 3 locks.

1.3 miles


The length of the Hertford Union Canal that is navigable.

From the Grand Union Canal to the Tidal Thames

The Regent’s Canal is joined by the Hertford Union Canal between Locks 8 (Old Ford) and 9 (Mile End). The Hertford Union Canal  joins to River Lee Navigation just above Old Ford Locks.

Waterway notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • Length: 74′ 0″ (22.56 metres) – Hampstead Road Lock (No 1)
  • Beam: 14′ 6″ (14.42 metres) – Hawley Lock (No 2)
  • Headroom: 9′ 2″ (2.79 metres) – Mile End Road Bridge
  • Headroom on the Hertford Union Canal: 8′ 2″ (2.48 metres) – Skew Bridge
  • Draught: 3′ 7″ (1.1 metres) – cill of Lock 9

Navigation authority

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Waterway underfunding

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