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Swansea Ramblers Walk



Paddington & Little Venice




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Paddington Railway Station

Walk Distance: 2 miles (1-1.5 hours)

Walk Level: Easy

Transport: Traveline - www.traveline.info   - or - Telephone 0871 200 22 33




Walk Description



Ever been stuck in Paddington Station wondering what to do until your train comes?
Here's a waterside walk with cafes hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Also, water-buses offer an almost traffic-free opportunity to visit London Zoo.
Check the water-bus times before your journey and leave enough time to get back for your train if just doing the walk!

Face the underground steps then turn left and head uphill on the sloping access road out of the station.
Turn left along Praed Street, passing Winsland Street, to reach the arched entrance to St Mary's Hospital.
Here you can see the plaque & visit the Alexander Fleming Museum where penicillin was discovered.
(Check opening times before planning a visit).
Pass under the arch and head towards the high rise hospital building in front of you.
At the end of the road turn right onto South Wharf Road then cross to the other side.
Turn left at a broad passageway through which you can see the waterside.
Turn right and follow the water's edge to the other side of the basin
and continue past canal boats and under a footbridge to a right hand bend.
Take the next bridge to the other side of the canal.
Note the access point to the back of the railway station that you will use on the return.
Station renovation is ongoing so check that there is no disruption to access.
Follow the canal to a basin the poet Robert Browning called Little Venice.
There are cafés along the way and a floating café in the basin.
Wildfowl, including cormorants can be seen here.
Water-buses leave for Regent's Park but check the times.
Follow the water's edge & bridge to the other side and go under the canal bridge.
Turn left onto Blomfield Road then turn left to cross that canal bridge you just went under.
Safely cross the road to Rembrandt Gardens.
Use either of the waterside exits to follow the uneven canal side back towards Paddington.
Cross the spiral bridge to the other side and follow the canal back to the railway access point you passed earlier.


Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide these routes but accept no responsibility for those walking them.

If you would like to go on a walk but would prefer to do so with a group of people then click on our Programme section to see what walks we are leading.

We have walks for varying levels of ability and you get the chance to see the countryside in places you might never go by yourself!






Maps of the Walk






Ordnance Survey map of the route to walk
Resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)
Green Swansea Ramblers logo markers where present can be clicked to provide more information






This aerial map is resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)

A 25,000 Ordnance Survey map of the area
can be viewed by clicking on the above 'View Larger Map' option
(applies only if the above is a Bing map, not a Google map )






The route of this walk has been added to The Walk4Life Web site.
A choice of different scale Ordnance Survey mapping is available.
Click here to enter their web site
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or copy and paste this link into a new browser window.
http://www.walk4life.info/walk/paddington-little-venice



Photographs of the Walk


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Turn your back on the trains, face the underground steps then turn left to the exit


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Leave the station here


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At the top of the exit, turn left onto Praed Street


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See if you can spot him on the way out!


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Turn left onto Praed Street from the station exit


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After walking a short distance along Praed Street, watch for the arched entrance to St Mary's Hospital


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The plaque on the left of the entrance


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The Fleming Museum is located here


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Go under the arch of St Mary's Hospital


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Turn right at the end of the road


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Go along South Wharf Road


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Cross over to the other side


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Just before rejoining Praed Street, a passageway goes left to the canal basin


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Go around the edge of the basin


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Follow the water's edge


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Don't use this tunnel bridge unless you haven't time for the full walk


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This will take you back to South Wharf Road


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Watch for this bridge that you need to cross. The return journey enters the station from here


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The station renovation works (Oct 2011) necessitate a temporary access structure


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Entrance to the back of Paddington Station.
Check engineering works haven't temporarily closed it before proceeding on the walk



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Ignoring the station access for now, the canal walk continues to little Venice


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Wildfowl can be seen along the canal


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There are cafes along the way


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This is Little Venice


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Cross the bridge to the other side of the basin


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Go under the canal bridge


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The towpath ends at private moorings. Return along the road to the canal bridge


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Cross the bridge then carefully cross the road to Rembrandt Gardens


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There are two canalside gates.
Use the right hand one unless you don't want to walk on the uneven towpath



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Uneven towpath


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Cross the canal using the spiral bridge


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Turn right at the station access point


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You arrive at the far end of the platforms




More information about walking in Wales is available at:    www.ramblers.org.uk/wales

Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide this route but accept no responsibility for those walking it

All photographs Copyright 2012 Andrew Morgan. All rights reserved




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