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Basingstoke Canal, Mytchett

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
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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  • We live opposite the canal and spend as much time as we can walking along the tow path and at the centre. It's perfect for picnics, family's, couples, just about anyone. Love it! 
  • Canal side walks through woodlands which induce a feeling of peace and tranquility..A miniature steam railway wends its way through the trees and is very popular for children and adults. Clean and wel...  read more »
  • Great value, home cooked food. Choice of breakfasts and main meals. Can be a bit of a wait if very busy but good quality food. Friendly staff. 
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