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Wilts & Berks Canal

Swindon, England
+44 845 226 8567
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A leisurely way to spend 45 minutes

We took the 45 minute round canal trip on 'The Dragonfly' Wednesday morning. The boat left from the... read more

Reviewed August 16, 2017
Swindon, United Kingdom
At last more of the canal.

Waitrose is near the new part of the canal. Lovely sunsets occur there and the canal boat runs... read more

Reviewed August 9, 2017
Lynn C
Swindon, United Kingdom
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The Wilts & Berks Canal is an historic waterway that runs for over 50 miles from the Thames at Abingdon to link to the Kennet and Avon canal close to Melksham. The canal is being carefully restored by enthusiastic volunteers to bring benefit to local communities and wildlife.
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Swindon, England
+44 845 226 8567
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

We took the 45 minute round canal trip on 'The Dragonfly' Wednesday morning. The boat left from the landing stage next to Waitrose in Wichelstow so a good place for coffee and cake afterwards! The canal boat can hold 12 people - there were 5...More

Thank C P
Reviewed August 9, 2017

Waitrose is near the new part of the canal. Lovely sunsets occur there and the canal boat runs trips there. Children would enjoy the boat. Sunday's is a good day. The canal brings water to the much needed expansion of Swindon reuvinating the town. Waitrose...More

1  Thank Lynn C
Reviewed August 2, 2017

The canal is been rebuilt by a local trust. the walk is the route of the old canel. if you start off at wailtrose shop you can book a ride on the canel boat dragonfly. if you like walking the route take you from wailtrose...More

Thank mrhalpin
Reviewed June 3, 2017 via mobile

We went on this on a sunny Saturday afternoon, and it was delightful. Our son who is 7, throughly enjoyed it, he loved looking out for the wildlife as we went along. Was nice just to be sat listening to the guide tell you about...More

Thank mrsj197
Reviewed March 19, 2017

Another nice place in Wiltshire if you want somewhere to wander round on an afternoon or evening. Fairly quiet during our visit in March

Thank themforya
Reviewed December 14, 2016

I often take a walk along the canal in Swindon. A great venue at the bottom of Kingshll - old town. The original is being extended and the locals now enjoy Waitrose at the end. The area is coming along nicely and the Hereon is...More

Thank Lynn C
Reviewed December 8, 2016

Wow! What an amazing achievement by the volunteers of the trust.This is a wonderful place to walk and so lovely to see the canal clean, accessible and used by so many. Great place to get close to nature and away from the hustle and bustle....More

1  Thank Lollomama
Reviewed August 30, 2016

This visit was the first time in 54 years! And what a great place the volunteers have made of this canal.As we walked along the tow path we saw a Heron,Fox,and lots of different birds. If you walk from the Kings Hill (we parked in...More

2  Thank Maureen B
Reviewed July 19, 2016

Had a two hour trip to celebrate a friend's birthday. The crew were very friendly and knowledgeable. Lovely seeing moorhen and chicks and also a heron. My one niggle is the outside seating could do with a cushion or two ! Over all, most enjoyable.

Thank Christine P
Reviewed July 19, 2016

It may only be a short 30 min jounrey there and 30 mins back, but for the kids they loved it. They were realy looked after and loved steering the boat themselves Really recommended

1  Thank simonjoy35
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john r
May 15, 2015|
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Response from robgeorge1 | Reviewed this property |
There are Fish (Perch..Roach..) , Ducks , Moorhens,Herons etc etc in/ on this strech of Canal. It's a Canal......boats should be on it & using it, this adds to the attraction & keeps things moving on it so the water dosent... More
March 11, 2015|
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Response from john r | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately Bobbie, the swindon wilts and berks stretch of the canal is unconnected, the part that's left is not very big at the moment and isn't very lovely :( Unfortunately the canal is also not suitable to stay on for a... More