Basingstoke Canal – North Warnborough and Greywell

The full 37 and half miles from the Wey to Basingstoke Loopy branch near Lodge Lane (bridge in distance) Much of the Basingstoke Canal between Odiham and North Warnborough crosses land which used to be known as the Royal Deer Park. This was managed from Odiham Castle and the fields covered 200 hectacres. It was used for over 600 years […]

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Basingstoke Canal – Barley Mow to Odiham

The full 37 and half miles from the Wey to Basingstoke The many bridges on this section are because zealous landlowners demanded these be built to give access to villages (that were on the verge of becoming uninhabitated.) Despite their early obsolency they have proved to be an attractive feature of this section Thatched Cottage scene near Stacey’s Bridge Stacey’s […]

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Basingstoke Canal – Chequers bridge to Barley Mow

The full 37 and half miles from the Wey to Basingstoke WW2 Army Defences: The whole length of the Basingstoke between Chequers Bridge and Tundry Pond is littlered with the remains of military defences. As well as the traditional pill box, there are tank traps. These were designed to stop enemy tanks from crossing the canal Tank traps near Chequers […]

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Basingstoke Canal – Fleet & Crookham

The full 37 and half miles from the Wey to Basingstoke Pondtail Bridges. The older bridge is actually the second one on the site, whilst the newer one was built in 1967. Perseverance the dregder ended its days here, and is now at the Boat Museum in Ellesmere Port. The plaque is found on the older of the Pondtail bridges. […]

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Basingstoke Canal – Ash lock to Norris Hill

The full 37 and half miles from the Wey to Basingstoke The canal above Ash lock is known as the Hampshire length, and it has been navigable in its entirety since 1984 all the way to the Whitewater (King Johns Castle) winding hole, and it is a pleasure to cruise or walk along. Because of the restrictions on the locks […]

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Basingstoke Canal – Great Bottom Flash to Ash Lock

The full 37 and half miles from the Wey to Basingstoke Great Bottom Flash. There were once a collection of sunken boats visible here, but nowdays the only ones are two steel barges scuttled and made into landing stages form which local people are able to fish without interuption from any boats that may passs by. The flash is a […]

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Basingstoke Canal – The Canal Centre & Ash Vale

The full 37 and half miles from the Wey to Basingstoke The lack of boats on the Basingstoke means there’s plenty of opportunity to hold club competions on the canal itself around the Visitors Centre The very modern swing bridge enables towpath visitors to access the Basingstoke Canal centre at Mytchett. There is a cafe, vistor facilites, boater and mooring […]

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Basingstoke Canal – Brookwood and Pirbright locks

The full 37 and half miles from the Wey to Basingstoke New moorings by the attractive nature reserve at Brookwood Lye -for more information on The Lye see the Surrey Wildlife Trust’s page Brookwood (or Connaught) Bridge The towpath has been on the south side of the canal since St. Johns, and affects a change to the other side at […]

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Basingstoke Canal – St. Johns Locks to the Hermitage

The full 37 and half miles from the Wey to Basingstoke What might initially seem to be quite an elaborate turnover bridge, Goldsworth, or Longmans bridge, has simply been improved with a much better access from the towpath to the bottom lock of the St Johns flight. In the trees are the houses that make up Goldsworth Park, a popular […]

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Basingstoke Canal – Woodham to St Johns Locks

The full 37 and half miles from the Wey to Basingstoke The Basingstoke Canal up to this point has been fairly straight as canals go, and the scene has been rather urban. After the ascent of the Woodham flight, the canal takes on a rather more rural character, with attractive houses dotted here and there. The canal winds its way […]

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