Walking in Hampshire

Basingstoke Canal Towpath Trail

Basingstoke Canal Towpath Trail is a permissive footpath which stretches 33½ miles from Penny Bridge to its junction with the River Wey at Woodham.

It is a wonderfully scenic route, passing through a wide range of habitats from woodland and heathland to wetland and pasture, each supporting a different community of plants and animals. Wildlife has flourished in the canal's clear water, creating Britain's best site for water plants and dragonflies. And there are many sights along the way, including Odiham Castle, the Deepcut flight of locks, aqueducts, scenic villages and historic buildings.

The towpath is level and well maintained, providing a safe and interesting route with plenty of access points. It is clearly marked and there are information points and picnic areas along the way. The canal acts as a green corridor linking the waterway with the wider countryside and connecting with many other trails, creating exciting possibilities for long distance walks.

The Towpath Trail is highly accessible. There are several railway stations near the canal giving walkers the option of walking one way and returning by train. There are excellent road connections and several car parks along the length of the canal.

Almost back to Basingstoke!
The canal towpath has been reinstated as far as Up Nately, 3½ miles from Basingstoke and currently the limit of the Towpath Trail. Basingstoke bus station was built on the site of the terminus of the Basingstoke canal.