The Regents Canal connects the Thames at Limehouse Basin with the Grand Union Canal at Paddington. Built in 1812 the canal was a crucial trading route but now it plays host to canal boats, dog walkers and cyclists.
Along the route, the canal is lined with signs of the industry of yesteryear. Old warehouses and buildings which sprung up during the heyday of the canals operation are in varying states of repair, with some needing some TLC and others converted into luxury apartments. Plenty of street art can also be seen along the canal.
I walked from Mile End Lock to Sturts Lock at New North Road. The route takes you past Mile End Park, Victoria Park, Mare Street, Broadway Market and Kingsland Road. In terms of refreshments the exit just before Acton Lock leading onto Broadway Market has some lovely little shops and coffee houses. There are lots of things to see and perfect for a lazy stroll.