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Wilts & Berks Canal

Swindon, England
+44 845 226 8567
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We went on this on a sunny Saturday afternoon, and it was delightful. Our son who is 7, throughly... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
via mobile
Nice place for a walk

Another nice place in Wiltshire if you want somewhere to wander round on an afternoon or evening... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
Swindon, United Kingdom
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The Wilts & Berks Canal is an historic waterway that runs for over 50 miles from the Thames at Abingdon to link to the Kennet and Avon canal close to Melksham. The canal is being carefully restored by enthusiastic volunteers to bring benefit to local communities and wildlife.
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Swindon, England
+44 845 226 8567
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on this on a sunny Saturday afternoon, and it was delightful. Our son who is 7, throughly enjoyed it, he loved looking out for the wildlife as we went along. Was nice just to be sat listening to the guide tell you about...More

Thank mrsj197
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Another nice place in Wiltshire if you want somewhere to wander round on an afternoon or evening. Fairly quiet during our visit in March

Thank themforya
Reviewed 14 December 2016

I often take a walk along the canal in Swindon. A great venue at the bottom of Kingshll - old town. The original is being extended and the locals now enjoy Waitrose at the end. The area is coming along nicely and the Hereon is...More

Thank Lynn C
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Wow! What an amazing achievement by the volunteers of the trust.This is a wonderful place to walk and so lovely to see the canal clean, accessible and used by so many. Great place to get close to nature and away from the hustle and bustle....More

1  Thank Lollomama
Reviewed 31 August 2016

This visit was the first time in 54 years! And what a great place the volunteers have made of this canal.As we walked along the tow path we saw a Heron,Fox,and lots of different birds. If you walk from the Kings Hill (we parked in...More

2  Thank Maureen B
Reviewed 19 July 2016

Had a two hour trip to celebrate a friend's birthday. The crew were very friendly and knowledgeable. Lovely seeing moorhen and chicks and also a heron. My one niggle is the outside seating could do with a cushion or two ! Over all, most enjoyable.

Thank Christine P
Reviewed 19 July 2016

It may only be a short 30 min jounrey there and 30 mins back, but for the kids they loved it. They were realy looked after and loved steering the boat themselves Really recommended

1  Thank simonjoy35
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

A fantastic walk especially on a warm sunny day, very relaxing and if your lucky you could see some ducklings or other types of wildlife. Also good place to walk the dog especially if your dog likes a dip.

1  Thank Sphyde1984
Reviewed 10 May 2016

We hired the boat to celebrate a birthday, and had a lovely hour relaxing on the Dragonfly. There was a great crew who were so knowledgable and welcoming. It was a lovely trip, and great to see another side of Swindon.

1  Thank A C
Reviewed 7 May 2016

Such great value for money an hour trip on a waterway that so few people know about, great volunteer crew who were so knowlegable and looked after us so well Thank you

Thank lso270
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john r
Is there any fish left in this canal? i heard that the canal club have been electrifying the fish, catching them and selling them off to raise funds is this right?... what does that do to the eco-system? the fish aren't property of the canal club are they? fancy netting the sparrows that visit my garden for a quick buck? apparently they "relocated" the water voles and set up Newt walls as well. lets all mess with nature!
16 May 2015|
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Response from robgeorge1 | Reviewed this property |
There are Fish (Perch..Roach..) , Ducks , Moorhens,Herons etc etc in/ on this strech of Canal. It's a Canal......boats should be on it & using it, this adds to the attraction & keeps things moving on it so the water dosent... More
I am thrilled to be re-connecting with my Swindonian roots, this summer. My husband and I want to spend a few days around swindon and Wiltshire, where I lived for 26 years. He doesn't know it at all, and I want to 'show off ' all wiltshires lovely Englishness. I want to hire a boat for a few days and explore via the canal. I would really appreciate advice on where to begin, moore up, explore, end up, etc. we are novices on rivers although hubby has a small boat for the sea. Then it's off to explore Cornwall. So my next lot of questions is What's the closest stretch of water we can sail to towards the west of England? Can it be done on the river from Wiltshire? Thank you so much. Regards, bobbie
11 March 2015|
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Response from john r | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately Bobbie, the swindon wilts and berks stretch of the canal is unconnected, the part that's left is not very big at the moment and isn't very lovely :( Unfortunately the canal is also not suitable to stay on for a... More