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London offers a myriad of interesting things to do and see (and to eat at) see London Zoo, float through leafy Maida Vale, visit Portobello Road Market, Camden Lock is a very vibrant place with it's Market, see the totally regenerated Kings Cross, Granary Square, Coal Drops Yard shops and restaurants
The Grand Union Canal offers stunning scenery throughout Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire and yet is so close to London and the Regents Canal and River Lee and Stort beyond
See historic Limehouse and then head up the River Lee either towards the Olympic Park and the city or towards the countryside at Hertford and the River Stort.
The base at Cowley is an interesting starting location, offering boaters a rare mix of urban and rural scenery. Starting from Cowley offers the opportunity to cruise into central London, or alternatively, away from the Capital through the beautiful Chiltern Hills. Little Venice, Regent’s Park and London Zoo are all easily accessible from the canals. For a more rural escape, travel through the scenic countryside and visit the attractive villages and historic market towns such as King’s Langley and Berkhamsted.
The unique proximity of our Marina to London means that you can choose to head North into the beautiful countryside via an abundance of locks, or enjoy 23 miles of lock free boating and head South into the bright lights and hustle and bustle of London. The canals and rivers are your oyster. Pre-bookable day and overnight moorings are available in many locations including London.See our other locations
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Address : Packet Boat Marina, Packet Boat Lane, Cowley, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 2JJ
By Road : From the M4: Exit at Junction 4 (Signposted A408 Uxbridge). Follow signs for Uxbridge and West Drayton. When you arrive at traffic lights at a T-junction, West Drayton is signposted to your left and A408 Cowley to your right. Turn right. Continue along this road for 1 mile until you come to the Paddington Packet Boat Pub and a sign for the Turning Point Pub on your left. Turn left. Follow the road up over the hump-back bridge. Packet Boat Marina entrance is about 100 metres beyond the bridge on the left.
By Rail : From London (Paddington Station) take the train to West Drayton. Weekdays and Saturdays trains depart every 30 minutes and journey time is approximately 25 minutes. Either take a taxi (5 minutes) or the 222 bus to Packet Boat Lane. Alternatively, from Kings Cross St. Pancras, take the London Underground Metropolitan Line to Uxbridge. Journey time approximately 55 minutes. Either take a taxi (5-10 minutes) or take the 222 bus to Packet Boat Lane (15 minutes). There is a bus stop at the Paddington Packet Boat public house. For information about train timetables and ticket costs for all mainline rail transport please go to www.thetrainline.com.
By Air : From Heathrow Airport you can take a taxi (15 minutes) or the 222 bus from Heathrow Airport North (25-30 minutes)
|Route Name||Route Type||Days||Cruising Hours||Locks|
|Batchworth and rural Grand Union Canal cruise from Middx||Short Break||3.00 to 4.00||11.50||16|
|London cruise from Middx marina||Few Locks||4.00 to 5.00||14.00||8|
|Apsley Paper Mills from Middx||Short Break||5.00||24.00||46|
|Chiltern Hills and Hertfordshire countryside from Middlesex||Weeks Holiday||8.00||39.00||90|
|London, the River Lee and historic Hertford through lovely countryside||Weeks Holiday||8.00 to 10.00||44.00||56|
Class : SN-Cassiopeia
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).
Class : SN-Egret
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).
Accommodation : The Waters Edge Canal cottages, in Packet Boat Lane www.the-watersedge.co.uk/ Premier Inn Uxbridge https://www.premierinn.com
Taxis : 01895 540 014 Uxbridge minicabs, 01865 777 333 Royal Cars LHR Express Cars. Tel: 01895 444333 or 01895 8561 1234 Peachey Car Services. Tel: 01895 444444 Oscar Car 2000 Executive. Tel: 020 8759 6644
Groceries : Tesco Superstore UB7 7FP under a mile from the marina, If you wish to have your shopping delivered to the boat feel free as we will be at the marina cleaning the boat
Bike Hire : N/a