The final furlong
Back on the Regent's Canal.
It is quiet now, and apart from cyclists (I was on a special cycling day) it was very tranquil as I went the last half a mile to final destination in London's Docklands, Limehouse Basin.
The Basin was originally a busy dock, linking cargoes that came by sea and up the Thames to the inland waterway system. At the time it was large enough to accommodate sea-going vessels which were much smaller then of course (1820). It used to be packed solid, such that you could walk from one side to the other by jumping from one boat to the next. Here the barges would unload and then load again before setting of back up the canal and then on to the Grand Union and places all over England.
Now the basin is trendy, packed with designer apartments and, alongside the traditional narrow boats other pleasure craft.
But we are not finished yet ! I still have not reached the Thames.