Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Planning your visit
History & Heritage
Things to do or see
Download your free local map
Blomfield Road, London, W9 2PF
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The towpath is open everyday
Once you're there, it won't cost you a thing
There are public toilets at Rembrandt Gardens
Although not far from congested roads and the communters streaming out of Paddington Station, Little Venice is an oasis of peace and tranquility. It's thought to have been so-named by the poet, Robert Browning.
Dozens of narrowboats, day trip boats and water cafés line this calm stretch where the Grand Union Canal meets the Regent's Canal. The famous Little Venice mansions provide a stunning backdrop. And the triangular pool, complete with willow tree, is home to several floating businesses such as the Waterside Cafe, London Waterbus, a floating art gallery and a hotel boat.
Check out our welcome station at Little Venice - a place to chat to our friendly volunteers and pick up some information about the local area. Our welcome station is usually open on Saturdays and Sundays between 10.30am and 3.00pm, but this can change.
Take to the towpath:
Cafés, pubs and restaurants:
Grab your picnic hamper and enjoy the sunshine surrounded by flowers in the near by Rembrandt Gardens
You'll be sure to see all sorts of nature nestled among London's historic canals - moorhens, coots, grebes, tufted ducks, pochard, greylag and Egyptian Geese are all common sights, as well as the usual swans and ducks.
By tube - the nearest tube station is Warwick Avenue but you can also walk from Edgeware Station
By train - Paddington Main Line station
By car - there's no parking, but it's easy enough to walk to Little Venice is from local tube and train stations or catch a bus
By boat - just past the Toll House canal cottage there are moorings for narrowboats. Many are pre-bookable moorings
Download our free regional guides
Nine regions to choose from - over 120 fantastic places to visit
In the heart of our busy capital, there's a place to escape to on the towpath