Waterways in Progress

Om 30th March the Inland Waterways Association published the Waterways in Progress report . This report looks at how every part of the restoration has an intrinsic value  before the whole restoration is completed .

You can download the report here

The accompanying video is introduced by David Suchet


Swindon Canalside Wichelstowe

March 2019

The canal is refilled and awaiting further tests before full reopening in May




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The new footbridge is installed

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February 2019  Hall & Woodhouse Pub opens

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October 2018

Work is progressing on the canal adjacent to the newly built Hall & Woodhouse pub

The canal is expected to be re-watered here early in 2019

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Studley Grange Opening Ceremony

On July 4th 2018 the Studley Grange section of the canal was officially opened

You can see the whole opening ceremony as broadcast on Facebook Live here


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Wichelstowe District Centre Design Code

Swindon Borough Council have published the Wichelstowe District Centre Design Code for Public Consultation. The canal is a central feature of the design code . Click here for more information- the consultation closed on 17th January 2017  .

Details of the canal works in Middle Wichel are shown below  are the work which received planning approval in June 2017 is expected to start in the autumn

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Studley Grange Progress September 2015

In June 2015  the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust appointed Land & Water Services Ltd to carry out the 1.2km of restoration works at Studley Grange Royal Wootton Bassett on the outskirts of Swindon. On September 10th 2015 members of the Wiltshire Swindon and Oxfordshire Canal Partnership were invited to see progress. The short video shows the towpath now fully reinstated and work just beginning to excavate the canal bed.

Peoples Millions

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust has been selected as a finalist in this year's Big Lottery Fund  Peoples’ Millions. The Studley Wildlife Trail will appear on ITV on 26th November and will compete against another project for the chance of winning £50K depending on a telephone vote on the night

You  can find out more about  the proposed Wildlife Trail at Studley Grange Royal Wootton Bassett and add your support now by clicking here.

The derelict canal at Studley Grange will be restored to provide a wildlife corridor and will include a bee and insect friendly wildflower trail.

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Yorkshire Building Society Lasting Legacy

Vote to support grant from Yorkshire Building Society’s Lasting Legacy Fund

The Society has pledged £150,000 to leave a lasting impact in the communities it serves & the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust applied for a £10,000 donation from the Society’s Lasting Legacy Fund.

WBCT is one of 30 charities to be selected for the public vote.

If successful the £10,000 will to repair the 200 year old brick culvert under the restored canal at Pewsham that has collapsed.

You have until 31st October to vote.


Water adds value video

Produced  by Canal & River Trust  and the Inland Waterways Association  this new  video shows a some case studies  of canal restorations that  really  add value


New Video about Melksham Link

The project team tell the story  of this exciting new  plan to bring boats , walkers and cyclists  to Melksham on a new route for the Wilts & Berks Canal


Work at West Leaze Swindon

Bank Piling at West Leaze

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is carrying out important repair work at West Leaze. The purpose of this work is to stabilize the towpath and the bank; without these repairs, the bank would continue to erode, with consequent risks to the safety of the footpath. This work involves piling for a length of about 120 metres.The work has been closely supervised by a consultant ecologist as the area supports an active population of water voles. The Trust is also being very careful to work with Thames Water and other providers of services to ensure there is no risk to these services.

The contractors expect  to be finishing on about the 21st June, but that of course depends on them encountering no unforeseen surprises. Worrk is not expected to be carried out at the weekend, and normally they expect to finish by about 6 o'clock in the afternoon. After the contractors have completed the piling, there may well be work that the Trust will have to carry out to finish off the site, probably including using ‘soft edge’ coir rolls for bank protection.

The Trust is conscious of the disruption caused, by having to close the towpath, and  by the piling itself. The Trust  asks that you to bear with them  while  this essential maintenance work is carried out . If you can avoid the area of the works, it will be very helpful to allow the work to be completed in the shortest possible time.