Saturday 16th February 2013
5 miles, 113 coconuts, 1 lemon, 2 dead foxes, 1 dead dog, 3 dead birds
Toilets: Black Horse pub, Greenford; pubs and cafes in Hayes; platform at Hayes & Harlington Station.
Last time we walked along the Grand Union Canal, we started at Paddington but weren’t able to reach Bulls Bridge by sunset. Today, after a great lunch at the Black Horse, we picked up where we’d left off last time, and walked just five miles along the canal to Hayes, via Bulls Bridge.
It was definitely more pleasant than last time with all the rubbish we saw around Harlesden, but there’s still a fair amount of stuff that’s been chucked into the canal around this section. We also counted 113 coconuts, 1 lemon, 2 dead foxes, 1 dead dog and 3 dead birds. The poor dog had a collar on, so if anyone’s missing a pet, you might want to have a look in the canal slightly south-west of the Black Horse pub.
I wish I could say the route itself was interesting, but it really wasn’t. Parts of the towpath were really muddy. We passed a few art works, mainly under bridges, but that’s about it. I’ve run out of things to say.
We eventually reached Bulls Bridge, which is quite an attractive one as far as bridges go.
Having finished with the Paddington arm, we walked about half a mile or so along the main canal, before taking the train home from Hayes & Harlington. Hayes didn’t exactly seem like a particularly interesting place, either. Near Southall, the train went over the Wharncliffe Viaduct that we have already walked under as part of the Capital Ring.
Erm… and that’s it. Hopefully I’ll have something more interesting to write about next time.