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Paddington Arm (Grand Union Canal)

The Paddington Arm is one of London’s best kept secrets. Connecting Paddington to the main branch of the Grand Union Canal near Hayes, the arm slices through West London providing a green corridor frequented by both people and wildlife.

Paddington Arm

Length13.6 miles

Maximum boat dimensions

Width4.3m 14ft
Draught1.28m 4ft 2
Headroom2.08m 6ft 9"

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The Paddington Arm is a great place to take a break from the chaos of the city, cleaning your mind and lungs at the same time. Whether you're interested in history and architecture, the inner city wildlife or you're simply looking for an escape from everyday life, this stretch of canal will have something to offer.

The 14-mile long waterway is lined with evidence of its industrial past. From old factories and warehouses to the landing platforms at Kensal Rise Cemetery, where coffins used to arrive by narrowboat, the Paddington Arm is a history enthusiast's dream.

However, the canal is hardly stuck in the past and as well as taking advantage of the traditional pubs along the towpath you can enjoy fine dining, trendy cafes and buzzing bars.

Read about the history of the Grand Union Canal

Days out along the Paddington Arm

Did you know you can sail a wind-powered boat on Trust waters? And canoe, paddleboard or even row? See our places to visit for more details and free map.

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