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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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  • My wife and I have been to this cafe before and have always been pleased. Today was a lovely day and we went for lunch. Whilst it sounds silly to get emotional about a salad - it really was excellent....  more »
  • Love stopping here when racing at aldershot, love the diversity, the dog walkers, the canoe-ers, the campers, the walkers. Place is lovely and relaxing  more »
  • I often canoe from the Mytchett Canal centre on the Basinstoke Canal & decided to book three nights (Tues-Thurs) following the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. The site is a large (approx 200 x 100m) leve...  more »

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