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Nearly finished

The canal is now with water in it and a bridge across to the new public house. (Hall and Woodhouse... read more

Reviewed May 29, 2019
Relaxing canalside walk - though currently drained for upgrades

Walking along the canal path near Waitrose, i was stunned to find the canal completely drained due... read more

Reviewed July 12, 2018
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...more
Swindon, England
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Reviewed June 30, 2019

We went on a boiling hot afternoon and it was lovely and relaxing. I didn’t even know it existed but so glad I do now. Will be definitely going again. Thanks must go to the volunteers who run these trips. 10 out of 10.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank KayH1073
Reviewed May 29, 2019

The canal is now with water in it and a bridge across to the new public house. (Hall and Woodhouse brewery ). There are plans to build houses along the canal in the near future. Nice place to visit to walk along the canal .

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed July 12, 2018

Walking along the canal path near Waitrose, i was stunned to find the canal completely drained due to canal works. It really shows the human effort that must have gone into building the canal in the 1880's when they were built by hand powered tools!...More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank 923Dan
Reviewed July 8, 2018

Have walked along the Royal Wootton Bassett section of this canal on many occasions and more recently the newest section to be opened. It is a wonderful and quite place to walk and see lots of varied wildlife. I wish the canal trust every success...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank P7222GLnicks
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

It’s a lovely walk along the canal, definitely great for nature lovers! Plenty of birds and mammals to keep an eye out for and some beautiful photo opportunities. The canal is currently dredged at the Waitrose at Witchelstowe so just be aware of that when...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank European-Bookworm
Reviewed April 14, 2018

I went past the canal today , there is alteration work going on large scale .Large diggers moving earth every where , I think they are expanding the whole area .

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Rover201457
Reviewed February 28, 2018

I would just like to make people aware that we went here last week expecting to see this newly re-vamped canal/walk. We found Waitrose but the canal had barriers around it and there was so much work being done the other side of the bridge...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank alison b
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

Date of experience: August 2017
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

Date of experience: August 2017
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

Date of experience: February 2017
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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
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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