Wilts & Berks Canal
Wilts & Berks Canal
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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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CharlieCB
Swindon, UK774 contributions
Jun 2020
We have lived in Swindon for 33 years and did not know this existed. Anyway having seen a you tube clip of a cyclist going along the route, we decided to try and find it on one of our trips out for exercise during lockdown.

We managed to find roadside parking near the Rushy Platt nature reserve and found our way to the canal.

It is quite a pleasant walk (although we have since walked along it from the H&W end where parking is a little easier).

Although it is not an exciting trip, it is quite nice and a reasonable amount of wildlife to see.
Written September 1, 2020
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Minquies
Swindon, UK91 contributions
May 2022
What a waste of money
This could have been a cycle way of outstanding depth.
However there is the tow path and various Inns along the way that one could, if inclined partake of strong ale and fine food.
Unfortunately the loose woman have long gone.
So now there are scruffy long boats and some hippies
I like it.
Written May 11, 2022
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robgeorge1
swindon4 contributions
Aug 2014
Our house backs onto the Canal In swindon so lucky to have it & pleased work is being carried out to improve & extend it!!!!!
Just knocked through.....bricked an archway!!!! I purchased a boat which we use regularly along the Canal. ;-)
Written August 17, 2014
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john r
Swindon, UK8 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
This is my second review of the wilts and Berks canal. My first was deleted. so I will say again, The section canal at the base of kings hill was once my preferred walking route. It was quiet and teeming with wildlife, you were literally tripping over the wildlife.... the water was crystal clear to the bottom. You could watch large 20plus carp, sunning themselves in the shallows, Pond skaters on the water, Dragonflies flutter over the water and bats at dusk. There were water voles, lots of ducks, coots, cormorants, herons, more-hens and best of all the odd streak of blue from a king fisher in flight. Today its still quiet, the water is murky green and most of the above are long gone, although one Dragonfly still remains, So feel free, come have a chug up the canal, feed the seagulls and the one swan we have left but don’t let your dog swim in the water.
Written September 12, 2015
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Raggamuffin8
Wilts98 contributions
May 2015 • Family
The beginning of the canal at the bottom of Kingshill is filled with rubbish and I'm afraid most of the canal is stagnant. I feel sorry for the few ducks left there. The clever ones have relocated.
The Waitrose end has been restored to some extent but it's not a pleasant walk to be fair. There is a huge amount of litter,mostly empty cans and bottles strewn in and out of the water and at times I have felt unsafe walking down there.
A good short cut to Waitrose or Wichelstow but a pleasant walk. No!
Written May 10, 2015
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923Dan
Swindon, UK3,007 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
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!
Very impressive - can't wait to go back when its re-flooded with water!
Written July 12, 2018
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costleycomfort
Oxford, UK12 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
Went on this boat trip recently because my Mother is a wheelchair user but so wanted to go on a boat. From my first enquiries it was clear that they were able and very happy to accommodate a wheelchair user so I booked it up immediately. The crew and helpers couldn't have been more friendly, and so incredibly pleasant. We would highly recommend this trip to anyone, but particularly to anyone who is in wheelchair because I don't know of anywhere else where you can get on a boat with a wheelchair. The trip lasts about an hour and is most relaxing. Refreshments are offered on board too. Do book in advance to avoid disappointment because this is a very popular attraction. Would recommend wheelchair users to take a bolster cushion of some kind as otherwise you may sit slightly lower than ideal for viewing.
Written September 1, 2015
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StelucLive
Swindon, UK568 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
A delightful walk can be had from Kingshill to Wichelstow along this beautifully restored canal (also links well with the old railway path for a good circular route). Over the last year we've watched the progress of a family of swans and cygnets, seen countless ducklings, water voles, heron and even a kingfisher and a grass snake swimming along the edge! This belt of vegetation and waterway in the town centre is a real hidden gem and should be supported as much as possible. Take a trip on the Dragonfly at weekends or use the waterway for canoeing or simply stroll along and enjoy the tranquility. Support the restoration by joining the trust too!
Written April 12, 2015
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Caroline Spencer
Canterbury, UK14 contributions
Oct 2019
We went on a splendid Saturday afternoon boat trip to celebrate a very special birthday. Our crew were wonderfully friendly, enthusiastic and informative; the canal looked so pretty with the autumn colours and bridges refelcted in the still water; we saw swans, lots of lucks, moorhens and a heron really close by. And despite a dreadful forecast, the rain held off. We all loved it! Thank you! And before the trip, we had a good lunch in the Hall and Woodhouse pub opposite.
Written October 13, 2019
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Rover201457
Swindon, UK1,063 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
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 .
Written May 29, 2019
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