Shri Swaminarayan Mandir & Grand Union Canal Walk
A copy of the complete flyer with detailed directions for this event can be found at the REMS site: http://ioprems.co.uk/ . Click on the 'Events: current' tab to the left of the header page to go to a table of flyers. You are advised to take a copy of the flyer with you.
When and where to meet: Paddington Station forecourt by the lawn facing the ticket barriers at the head of the arriving trains at 10:30 and then the Bakerloo Line to Stonebridge Park.
The Mandir is a splendid ornate temple located in Neasden, London http://londonmandir.baps.org/ . The structure is hand carved from Bulgarian limestone, Carrara marble and Indian Ambaji marble. It was opened in 1995 after taking 2.5 years to erect.
After visiting the temple site we follow Brentfield Road passing an incised disc (drink at the pub on the organiser if you can identify it) at Morland Gardens to reach our planned lunch stop, the Grand Junction Arms, a canal-side pub http://www.grandjunctionarmsnw10.co.uk/ which has bench seating on the Grand Union Canal. Non walkers can return to Central London via Harlesden Station or by bus.
Passing over the canal bridge we join the Grand Union Canal for a four mile stroll back to Little Venice and Paddington Station. The tow path is a concrete path all the way and is easy walking. Moored along the canal bank is a variety of narrow boats of all styles and decoration. Coots, Canada geese and the odd tame heron can also been seen.
Booking: There is no need to book for this event. Just turn up!
Cost: Free to join, but travel and lunch paid for individually.