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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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  • August 6, 2017
    £17 per night off grid. We used as a base to visit family. Close for all our needs. This place has a cafe and a playground. Toilets and an elsan. The canal was lovely to walk by in the evening. The fi...  more »
  • July 14, 2017
    Just come back from an 'old comrades ' meet up for lunch here , it was very enjoyable . We were able to sit outside under the trees and enjoy some really good food , which ranged from sandwiches to an...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    We visited back in June, and walked a length of the canal before hiring a kayak and paddling a short section. The area is beautiful and the wildlife witnessed from the level of the water even better, ...  more »

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