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The Basingstoke Canal is an English waterway completed in 1794. Its purpose was to connect the town of Basingstoke with the River Thames at Weybridge, via the Wey Navigation. This historic canal meanders through picturesque landscapes, offering a serene escape for boaters and nature enthusiasts alike.

Here are some key details about the Basingstoke Canal:

Route and Locations:
The canal begins in Basingstoke and passes through or near several towns and villages, including Greywell, North Warnborough, Odiham, Dogmersfield, Fleet, Farnborough Airfield, Aldershot, Mytchett, Brookwood, Knaphill, and Woking.

Its eastern end connects to the Wey Navigation at Byfleet, which then leads to the River Thames at Weybridge.

Length and Locks:
The Basingstoke Canal stretches for approximately 32 miles and features 29 locks along its course.
After years of restoration efforts, it is now fully navigable, making it a boater’s paradise.

Guardianship:
The Basingstoke Canal Society serves as the guardians of this historic waterway. They work tirelessly to maintain and protect its natural beauty and heritage.

Recreational Opportunities:
Boaters can explore the tranquil waters, passing through lush greenery, charming villages, and scenic countryside.
The canal is also popular for walking, cycling, and wildlife spotting.

Whether you’re cruising on a narrowboat, strolling along the towpath, or simply enjoying the peaceful ambiance, the Basingstoke Canal offers a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life

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