The average central London walk from station to office is a grimy, frustrating, stop-go game of Russian roulette with cars, taxis, and buses. Canal Reach, though, is far from the average.
Leave King’s Cross and St Pancras station’s unrivalled local, national and international rail connections and within a few steps enter a green canalside corridor leading to the office.
The journey – 75 calories on a FitBit, or 100 on a good day – is seven and a half minutes of space, light, trees and water winding through a gentle, decompressing environment where you’re more likely to see a moorhen than a Mercedes.
Fumes, pollution, noise, and crowds, are simply blown away. Walking meditation improves lives – says the latest research – by calming over-busy minds and slowing down the perception of time.
Watch for the changing colours of the natural landscape as month blends into month. Connect with the circadian rhythm of the seasons.
Arrive in tree-lined Canal Reach with its generous, boulevard-wide sweep of pavements, screened from the streets by extensive, ever-changing, seasonal plantings.
This is your stop, but Regent’s Canal winds on in peaceful progress to Camden and beyond. Or take a different path along the estate’s green spine, through Lewis Cubitt Park and around the new gardens and formal squares designed by the country’s leading plantsmen.
Of the estate’s 67 acres, 40 per cent has been given over to the public realm. There are, by design, no concrete canyons, just wide open spaces linked by broad streets and green squares.
Cyclists and pedestrians have been at the heart of the King’s Cross story, but there are 14 bus routes and ranks of London black cabs at the end of the road too. It’s sometimes hard to remember that you’re in the centre of bustling London. Arrive calm, centred, ready.