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The Basingstoke Canal

The Basingstoke Canal is located to the southwest of London in the south of England. This is a quiet, rural canal, home to lots of aquatic and wildlife including over 25 species of dragonflies.

The navigable section runs from West Byfleet in Surrey from the junction with the River Wey navigation to the east, following a course of 32 miles through Woking, Brookwood, Mytchett, Ash, Fleet and Crookham, then Odiham, finally ending up at Greywell in Hampshire to the west. Though the Canal originally continued to Basingstoke (a total distance of 37 miles), it has not been navigable beyond the tunnel at Greywell since the early 1900’s, and access to the original destination was finally prevented by the Greywell tunnel collapse in 1932.

As the Basingstoke canal does not have a major water source there is a need to conserve water, this means the locks have restricted opening times.  There is a total of 29 locks arranged in flights, locks 1 to 6 is the Woodham flight, locks 7 to 11 is the St Johns flight, and locks 12 to 28 are the Brookwood and Deepcut flights and lock 29 is in Ash.  You will need a visitor licence (approximately £45) and are required to book passage through the locks in advance.  Because of the logistics of navigating on the Basingstoke we recommend a minimum of one week’s hire and the best time to visit would be in Spring or Autumn to avoid potential canal closures due to water restrictions.  Please call us for further advice if you specifically want to navigate on the Basingstoke.

For more information on the Basingstoke Canal please visit their website

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