This route follows the towpath that runs east alongside the Regent's Canal, and provides an attractive family-friendly off-road link between Islington and Victoria Park.
Beginning in Islington, the route follows the towpath along the length of the canal, and passes a series of attractive buildings including the Rosemary Branch Theatre, as well as several ornate locks. The towpath often gets very busy on the weekend, so both cyclists and walkers should be mindful of other users, particularly those with dogs. Care should also be taken around moored longboats, which feature along the length of the canal.
In Hackney the towpath runs south of the popular Broadway Market, which is filled with stalls selling hot food, deli items, clothing and records every Saturday, so if you're on the towpath that day it is worth visiting to try a delicious burger or sample some cake! There are also several independent shops, cafes and pubs, so there will be something for everyone. For those willing to head further south of the market, Haggerston BMX track is a popular haunt for young cyclists.
From here the route leaves the towpath and heads through Victoria Park, one of the largest green spaces in east London. The route ends in the park, so why not sample one its fantastic sporting facilities, including football pitches, cricket wickets, tennis courts, a rugby pitch and a bowling green.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.
To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure that you follow the Towpath Code.