Places around the Basingstoke Canal

The Basingstoke Canal bisects these two communites. There is quite a lot to see and do around these places and the canal forms the link between many places of interest here.

First off is Frimley Park. This sits alongside the western edge of the Basinstoke Canal and occupies most of the western space between Guildford Road brodge and the canal centre.

Frimley Lodge minature railway.

Frimley Lodge minature railway – unusual arrangement having both turntable and a traverser.

On the north side of Frimley Lodge Park, almost adjacent to the Basingastoke Canal at Guildford Road bridge (seen at right of picture with car crossing over) is the Kings Head, a Harvester Pub.

Signpost giving useful distances at the canal centre.

Plaque denoting the re-opening in 1991 – there are several of these at strategic locations along the canal.

Canal rangers at the Canal centre’s shop and reception. The centre has a number of faclities, including a camping site, rowing boats, pedalos, trip boats and day boats for hire. The canal’s history is detailed on the walls of the centre, with old photographs and a detailed map covering the canal route across three walls.

Map of start of Basingstoke canal on wall.

Weblink: Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre

Near the centre is Potters Pool, technically another flash formed by the waters from the canal. Its a wildlife haven and access to it is not signposted, but if one can reach it they wil be rewarded with things like the narrow casueway and makeshift bridge across the pool.

Crude bridge linking the separated halves of the causeway in the middle of Potters Pool.

Wharfenden Lake – Vikram’s Kishti floating restaurant.

Wharfenden Lake – The Kingfisher Steak House – with boat moorings available.

Pre Basingstoke Canal Authority sign forbidding motorcycles.


Introduction / Byfleet – Woodham Locks / Woodham – St. Johns / St. Johns – Hermitage / Brookwood – Pirbright / Deepcut Flight / Deepcut – Frimley / Basingstoke Canal Centre / Great Bottom Flash – Ash Vale / Ash lock – Norris Hill / Fleet – Crookham / Chequers – Barley Mow / Barley Mow – Odiham / Odiham – Greywell


Intro / Greywell Hill / Greywell – Brick Kiln Bridge / Penny Br – Little Tunnel & Frog Lane / Greywell Road – M3 / Basing Village / Basing House – Swing Bridge / Ringway – Basingstoke

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