Basingstoke Canal

The Towpath

Towpath closures during period of the Farnborough Airshow 4 -17 July

Farnborough International have asked that a small portion of the towpath between Eelmoor and Norris Bridges be closed during flying hours at this year’s Farnborough Airshow. This is as a result of new safety regulations introduced following the Shoreham Airshow crash last year restricting low level flying.

The towpath will be closed from a point just east of Eelmoor Bridge to a point just west of Norris Bridge as part of the Airshow perimeter during the hours of flying on 4 - 10 July (noon to approx. 4.30pm) and 11 - 17 July (noon to approx. 5.30pm). Please note that the neighbouring roads will also be closed during this time so there is no convenient alternative route for walkers to take.

The area will be secured by the Airshow’s security team and the safety regulations mean that no-one will be allowed in this area during the flying displays so you will not be able to moor a boat in this section or stand on the towpath to watch the flying display.

As a major event supporting the national economy Hampshire County Council and Basingstoke Canal Authority are happy to support Farnborough International so that they can comply with the new regulations brought into place following the CAA final report from their Civil Air Display Review.

A joint press release from Farnborough International and Hampshire County Council was issued in May and is on the Farnborough International website.

Walking and cycling the towpath

The Basingstoke Canal offers 32 miles of pleasant walking, jogging or cycling alongside one of the most beautiful canals in Britain. At the junction with the River Wey Navigation, you could continue north to Weybridge or south to Guildford alongside the River Wey.

We hope you will enjoy exploring the canal but we do ask that you follow the 'share the space, drop your pace’ ® code which promotes considerate sharing of the towpath by all users.

® Canal & River Trust

The six point code for the towpath is as follows:

  • Pedestrians have priority

  • Be courteousto others; be careful and slow down

  • Keep dogs under control and clean up after them

  • Cyclists and runners give way to pedestrians

  • All cyclists to dismount and give way at bridges

  • Pay attention and don't block the towpath

The towpath is ideal for family walks, runs, rides and picnics, but please remember that the water is cold and deep, so stay away from the edge.

These stations are all fairly near to the canal so you could plan a return journey by train.

  • Hook, Winchfield, Fleet, Aldershot, Ash, Ash Vale, North Camp, Brookwood, Woking and West Byfleet.

  • Weybridge and Guildford which serve the River Wey.


Approximate mileages from the River Wey to Basingstoke Town Centre

Location Miles
River Wey Navigation 0.00
Woodham Lock 1 0.25
Woodham Lock 6 1.75
Monument Bridge , Woking 3.25
Chertsey Road Bridge 3.50
Chobham Road Bridge 4.00
Arthur’s Bridge 4.75
St John’s Lock 7 5.25
St John’s Lock 11 5.62
Brookwood Lock 12 7.25
Deepcut Lock 15 8.37
Deepcut Lock 28 (Frimley Lock) 10.50
Frimley Aqueduct 11.75
Canal Centre, Mytchett 12.50
Mytchett Lake 13.12
Ash Vale Station 13.75
Ash Wharf 15.00
Ash Lock 29 15.87
Farnborough Road Bridge 17.37
Eelmoor Bridge 18.62
Pondtail Bridges , Fleet 20.12
Reading Road Wharf , Fleet 21.12
Malthouse Bridge 22.25
Crookham Wharf 23.37
Barley Mow Bridge , Winchfield 26.37
Broad Oak Bridge 28.37
Colt Hill Wharf 29.87
Swan Bridge , North Warnborough 31.00
Whitewater Aqueduct 31.50
Greywell Tunnel (east) 32.00
Greywell Tunnel (west) 32.75
Brickworks Arm, Up Nately 33.38
Brick Kiln Bridge 33.50
Little Tunnel Bridge (no path currently exists) 34.00
Basing House Bridge (no path currently exists) 35.12
Basingstoke Town Centre (no path currently exists) 37.00
Cycling on the towpath Walking on the towpath