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Basingstoke Canal, Mytchett

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The Basingstoke Canal is a British canal, completed in 1794, built to connect Basingstoke with the River Thames at Weybridge via the Wey Navigation.From Basingstoke, the canal passes through or near Greywell, North Warnborough, Odiham, Dogmersfield, Fleet, Farnborough Airfield, Aldershot, Mytchett, Brookwood, Knaphill and Woking. Its eastern end is at Byfleet, where it connects to the Wey Navigation. This, in turn, leads to the River Thames at Weybridge. Its intended purpose was to allow boats to travel from the docks in East London to Basingstoke.It was never a commercial success and, from 1950, lack of maintenance allowed the canal to become increasingly derelict. After many years of neglect, restoration commenced in 1977 and on 10 May 1991 the canal was reopened as a fully navigable waterway from the River Wey to almost as far as the Greywell Tunnel. However its usage is currently still limited by low water supply and conservation issues.
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  • Swans and ducks on the slow moving canal, we had a short walk up the tow path a few long boats moored up. The centre is a bit naff but it would be exciting to be here in the warmer months. Very beauti...  more »
  • Love nature this is the place. Loads of history if you know it like st John castle Odiham or the Mytchett nature reserve 
  • The canal is a peaceful place for a walk, and worth a visit, if in the area. Along its length there are opportunities to stroll and enjoy the nature.