Welcome to the docks – Canal Parade.

Canal Parade, Grangetown, CardiffTaking a different route back from Cardiff Bay and veering down a slightly dodgy-looking side-street called Canal Parade. (Someone crossed off the obvious letter on the sign for humourous effect – and yes i still titter nearly everytime I see it!)

The street didn’t look particularly inviting and looked quite run down, with some new development on one side but empty spaces on the other with remnants of old industry and buildings.

Some warehouses were apparent further down but there didn’t seem much life there at all – I only spotted a postwoman on her walks! (She did chuckle at me taking photos of random things mind!)
Canal Parade, Grangetown, Cardiff

Canal Parade, Grangetown, Cardiff
The area seemed to be used as some glorified car park and an area that people use to walk through to get to the docks, Butetown, Cardiff Bay, City Centre and beyond. Hi-rise flats can be seen in the distance beyond empty, derelict spaces – prime for development bringing the merging of Cardiff Bay and Cardiff City Centre ever closer.

Currently the area occupied by The Huggard Centre and a few other smaller projects is being demolished making way for another phase of the Callaghan Square developments (if thats what it’s going to be called!)
Canal Parade, Grangetown, Cardiff

Canal Parade, Grangetown, Cardiff
It was quite a souless route with not much to see but some old corrugated fencing, complete with painted on text led for some gritty photos.
Also littered throughout the area were slogans and graffiti giving an essence of what the locals were thinking from “This is da docks” to “Crack City” to quote a few.
Peeling paint at Canal Parade, Grangetown, Cardiff

The wasn’t any sign of a canal or a parade – hence I wonder whether they were all filled in together during the 70’s when the canals along Mill Lane and Churchill Way disappeared? There were some great walls along the route ripe for some graffiti and local comment! Make of them what you will! 😉 But essentially this type of street in Cardiff is dying out and this one won’t be around for too long in it’s current state! Well worth a wander if you are in the vacinity!

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