The last time I saw the Camden Community Boat Tarporley was back in the summer in the heady day before the Olympics began, I was therefore chuffed last week to find that the entrance fee to the London Canal Museum included a complimentary trip out on Tarporley. It was only a 1/2 hour jaunt up the canal from Battlebridge Basin to the foot of St. Pancras Lock, where she winded, but a bit of an unexpected treat nonetheless.

This is the photo-story of our short trip.

An historic aerial view of Battlebridge Basin and the surrounding area.
Towards Tarporley’s fore-end: ready to accept visitors
The canal museum’s push tug ‘Bantam IV’
Our guide for the short trip, there were just two other passengers…
Heading out of Battlebridge Basin past the (hugely expensive) residential moorings…
In the line of moored boats, one with an elum and tapered stern, one to further investigation perhaps?
Out of the basin and onto the Regents Canal proper, passing King’s Place on the left-hand side, home to The Guardian and Observer newspapers, heading towards the Caledonian Road bridge
Under Cally Road Bridge…
This floating office is part of the Kings Cross development promotional infrastructure. I think it’s an optimistic space, although overtly modernist in design, it’s an interesting addition to the canal, and shows the 21stC potential of our inner-city waterways…
Passing Camley Street Nature Reserve on the left…
Winding below St. Pancras Lock…
Mol inside Tarporley…
Tarporley’s bunk room…
The return trip, numerous King’s Cross developments continue apace around and along this part of the canal.
Back in the basin…
The Museum and ice house…
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