Great Britain » Wilts and Berks Canal
An old connection from upper Thames to Bath
Wilts and Berks Canal: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Length of waterway:||85 km|
|Number of locks:||42|
|Lock dimensions:||22.50 x 2.20|
|Max. depth:||1.00||Max. headroom:||2.40|
|Degree of difficulty:||no rating|
|Character of waterway:||back to nature, old waterway, to be rediscovered|
|Profile of waterway:||Not navigable anymore|
|Facilities groundside:||no rating|
Waterway has access to:Kennet and Avon Canal | England
Thames River | England
goes from Abingdon at the Thames towards the southwest and has, at Melksham, a link to the Kennet and Avon Canal. Over the Latton side branch, a link to the Cotswold Canals is assured. At the moment only short stretches of this canal are restored, one hopes to finish works by 2020.
Wilts & Berks Canal Trust
Patron H.R.H. The Duchess of CornwalRestoring a Waterway for the 21st Century, a resource for the local community and a habitat for wildlife.
The Melksham, Calne and Chippenham Branch
of the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust
We work towards the restoration for navigation of the Wilts & Berks Canal which was closed for through traffic at the outbreak of the First World War. The Canal ran from the Kennet and Avon Canal near Semington in Wiltshire to the River Thames at Abingdon via Melksham and Swindon. Branches were constructed to serve Chippenham and Calne. In addition the North Wilts Canal ran from Swindon to connect the Canal with the Thames and Severn Canal at Lechlade.