Category Archives: Canal Waterways

Walking for Health

HCGA will be running a series of walks throughout 2021 and 2022 in association with WAES, RBK&C and Westminster Libraries. The next few start at 10am and are on Tuesdays through November and December.

Booking is essential for all walks. Walk finish times will vary depending on location and walk, please ask for details when booking.  Walk lengths vary from 3-6 miles and will be slow/moderately paced, with opportunities for wildlife watching and sight-seeing.

Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions, wear appropriate footwear for walking and bring a packed lunch and water. Some locations may have a café and other facilities.

The walks are free and all you need to do is…

*Book a place by emailing us at:

*Complete an enrolment form

*Show your ID at enrolment

*Meet up in good time at Queen’s Park Library, 666 Harrow Road, London, W10 4NE


TUESDAY 23rd November 2021 10am CANALSIDE WALK

TUESDAY 7th December 2021 10am QUEEN’S PARK WALK


Summer Camp for 13 – 17 year olds

Lizzy has curated ten days of summer camp fun!

NON STOP activities. FREE. Star in a film, create a fresh sound track, paint a graffiti backdrop, or just enjoy an adventure on the canal. Our film will capture your Summer 2021 memories!
REGISTER NOW – last few spaces
  • 11am – 4pm* daily (mon-fri)
  • Paddle-boarding / trampoline/ skateboarding / music production / drumming / graffiti / survival / life skills / street first aid ALL INCLUDED
  • Free lunch
  • Free practical workshops
  • New skills – new people – new perspective – new opportunities
  • People aged 13 – 17
  • W2/W9/W10 only
  • Covid-19 secure – mainly outdoors

* flexible hours

From 9th August to 20th August 2021.  Book your place here or call for more info 07511 590 997.

Summer Camp Job Opportunity: If you are between 18 & 25 and would like to get some work experience during this period, please get in touch via this link.

Canal Cavalcade!

IWA Canalway Cavalcade is a unique community waterways event that takes place annually over the early May Bank Holiday weekend at Little Venice in London.

Admission is Free!

From 30th April to 2nd May 2016, there will be activities for all the family with a boaters’ gathering, a pageant of boats, trade shows and stalls, live music, kids’ activities, competitions, Morris Dancers, a real ale bar, a wide variety of snacks and food.

Canal Clean Up Day – Saturday 6th February

Get some exercise and do your bit for the community!

We’re throwing down our forks and spades to join the Canal River Trust in a local cleaning day along our tow path. We’d love it if you could come along too!

Get stuck-in at this canal clean up from Kensal Green.

We’ll be clearing graffiti with our new hot water pressure washer, foraging for litter in the back of the towpath, cutting back vegetation and giving the area a spruce up.

Meet us at 10am on the towpath at the back of Sainsbury’s Ladbroke Grove, W10 5AA. The nearest station is Kensal Green which is approximately a 10 minute walk from the meeting point.

The event will run from 10am – 3.30pm, join us for the morning only or bring a packed lunch and stay all day!

Details and invite acceptance here.  More information about the scheme here.

Tow Path Tidy Up: Saturday, 2nd May

We have planned a session of litter picking and cutting back vegetation along the towpath from Willesden Junction to Kensal Green (approx. two miles).

We’ll meet at 9:30am by the corner of Third Avenue and Ilbert Street, by the noticeboard at the entrance to Queen’s Park Gardens, Then, as a group, take the bus to Willesden Junction. Alternatively, you can meet us at the towpath by Old Oak Lane Bridge, NW10 6DN.

The stretch of waterway we will be walking along is approximately two miles in total, so please remember to wear sensible warm clothes and sturdy shoes or boots (if you have them). All equipment will be provided and Hi-Vis clothing as this is a high traffic area used by cyclists. Hot drinks will be provided.

We expect to finish at Sainsburys Kensal Green around 2pm. If you’re not too tired, we can walk/take the bus, on to Little Venice where the IWA Canalway Cavalcade Festival begins on Saturday. Click here for more details.

Wildlife Area Session Saturday 9th May

Our scheduled session at the Wildlife Area. We will be weeding where required and preparing the ground around our newest project – an Insect Hotel. The hotel structure is made from wooden palettes and the interior from left over wood, bamboo and straw. Anything which insects can burrow into.

Queen’s Park Gardens Bat Survey Tuesday 12th May

Meeting at 8:40pm on the corner of Third Avenue and Ilbert Street by the noticeboard, at Queen’s Park Gardens. We are walking a set path around the park to determine if there are bats nesting or foraging in the park. We will be joined by a member of the London Wildlife Trust who has offered to take us on a walk with bat detectors.

Towpath Taskforce: Kensal Green

Saturday 17th January 2015
Our first session working along side the Canal and River Trust.

We are assigned roles for the afternoon from litter picking to clearing Buddleia from the canal banks.

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Katie here is helped into her life-jacket. As a precaution anyone working near the canal bank must wear a life-jacket.
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Major Buddleia overgrowth!!! This is our vantage point on the barge.
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Cramped location to work in. A saw is needed to separate branches. You can see the branch root sticking out from between the bricks of the wall.
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Once separated we discovered more beneath the waterline.
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Both sides of the bridge finally cleared of Buddleia, we can move on to our next location.
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Here we are making our merry way along the Grand Union Canal Kensal Green.
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Canal boats navigate around this monster. The picture doesn’t do it justice! We left this for another day or perhaps a whole day.
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If you are interested in helping out for a few hours in our Wildlife Area or our Towpath Taskforce days, please come along to our next session. Click for dates and times.

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Towpath Taskforce: Canal Towpath Cleanup

Come and work off those Holiday Season excesses with a canal clean up. We have planned a session of litter picking and cutting back vegetation along the towpath from Kensal Green to Little Venice (approx. 2 miles).

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We’ll meet Saturday 17th January 2015 at the back of Sainsbury’s Ladbroke Grove, W10 5AA. Starting at 10am and running through the morning until 2pm. We will be working alongside the Canal and River Trust who care for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.

The stretch of waterway we will be walking along is approximately two miles in total, so please remember to wear sensible warm clothes and sturdy shoes or boots (if you have them). On reaching Little Venice we can celebrate with hot soup and rolls.

We hope to see you there.

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