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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
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: back to nature, old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Not navigable anymore
Facilities groundside: no rating

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Waterway has access to:

Kennet and Avon Canal | England
Thames River | England

Wilts & Berks Canal with Canal Latton Branch
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 Cornwal

Restoring 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.