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…

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Odiham

Places around the Basingstoke Canal Odiham is a historic village up the road from the canal at Colt Hill, and North Warnborough has cottages, ponds, and ponies roaming on the heaths. Odiham is an unusual name but historically it began with a ‘W.’ It was known long ago as Wudiham,…

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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…

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Dogsmerfield Park

Places around the Basingstoke Canal Blacksmiths bridge had mines placed in the roadway on top as well and the picture below shows the concrete holes in which these mines were set Tank traps by the winding hole next to Blacksmiths Bridge Dogsmerfield was once known as Docce mere feld, and…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Frimley & Mychett

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…

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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…

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