Blighted beauty along London’s canal system

There are hundreds of miles of canals in and around London, much of it protected parkland teeming with birds and other critters. I live near the Grand Union Canal Hanwell Locks in West London and had a beautiful two-hour Sunday walk there this morning. The pictures show how beautiful it is.

A narrow boat motors along the Grand Union Canal near Hanwell

A narrow boat motors along the Grand Union Canal near Hanwell

What you can’t see is the shocking amount of trash – car tires, shopping carts, plastic bags and bottles, beer cans – that litter both the water and the  walking path. It must be expensive to keep up such an extensive waterway. And it is such a tragedy that this treasure is so blighted.

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About Katie King

Literary Translator, Journalist, Media Professional, Professor. Currently working toward PhD in Hispanic Studies at the University of Washington.
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2 Responses to Blighted beauty along London’s canal system

  1. meadowsage says:

    Hi Katie
    I love this photo as it reminds me so much of my childhood. Is there any chance I could put a copy of it on my blog? I live in Sussex now so I can’t come and take a photo of my own! Perhaps you would read my blog entry about my childhood memories of the canal and give it your consideration?
    http://www.pollenhonesty.com
    Many thanks!

  2. Katie King says:

    Hi Meadow,

    Yes, feel free to put this photo on your blog. I’m glad you like it!

    Regards,
    Katie

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