Basingstoke Canal


Canal walks

The canal provides an ideal setting to explore the area, whether it be on the water or by foot.

Everyday many people use a section of the canal to walk along. It may be part of their daily route or just an occasional stroll in the evening.

Walking along the towpath allows you to observe the wildlife and take in the tranquil atmosphere; an ideal way to spend part of your day. Access points are frequent and there are pubs every few miles if required.

Dogmersfield landslip – towpath open

The towpath in the area of the Dogmersfield landslip (Blacksmiths Bridge to Chatter Alley) re-opened in May 2015.

Aldershot towpath improvements – rolling closures

Grainger - the developer of the Wellesley development at Aldershot - will be carrying out towpath improvement works between Ash Lock and Eelmoor Bridge as part of their commitment to the wider environment. The works will be staged and will take place early February - March 2016. Sections of towpath will be closed in stages whilst works are carried out - suggested diversion routes will be posted on site.

The towpath is not a public right of way but is open space - it will be closed legally by notices made under National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act 1949 during the works. For your own safety please respect the instructions of contractors working on the site where the towpath remains open, and any barriers and signs put in place.

Ash embankment works – towpath closure

The towpath between Ash Wharf bridge and Ash Lock will be closed for approximately six weeks during February and March 2016 while contractors are repairing seepages in the embankments. Access to the Blackwater Valley Path over the aqueduct will be maintained but will only allow access to the Blackwater Valley Path on the other side of the A331 - not the canal towpath.

Rive ditch culvert works (Woking) – towpath closure

The towpath between Boundary Road Recreation Ground and Monument Bridge will be closed for approximately eight weeks during February and March 2016 to allow repairs to the Rive Ditch to be carried out. Boundary Road and Monument Road are the suggested alternative routes.

For the latest situation contact the office on 01252 370073.


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
Walking along the canal towpath