The Basingstoke canal at Deepcut Surrey.

A 3 Image Exposure processed in Photomatix Pro

Fuji Fs100 Tripod Mounted.

The Basingstoke Canal is a British Canal, completed in 1794, built to connect Basingstoke with the River Thames at Weybridge via the Wey Navigation.

From Basingstoke, the canal passes through or near Greywell, North Warnborough, Odiham, Dogmersfield, Fleet, Farnborough Airfield, Aldershot, Mytchett, Brookwood, and Woking. Its eastern end is at Byfleet, where it connects to the Wey Navigation. This, in turn, leads to the River Thames at Weybridge. Its intended purpose was to allow boats to travel from the docks in East London to Basingstoke.

It was never a commercial success and, from 1950, lack of maintenance allowed the canal to become increasingly derelict. After many years of neglect, restoration commenced in 1977 and on 10 May 1991 the canal was reopened as a fully navigable waterway from the River Wey to almost as far as the Greywell Tunnel. Unfortunately, insufficient water supplies, problems with funding, and conservation issues, have so far prevented the Basingstoke Canal from reaching its true potential as a restored waterway.

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  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent..I watched a recent BBC programme called The Golden age of canals..Really interesting Documentary featuring home movies of the diehard enthusiasts and boat owners who helped to save the inland waterways for the nation and create a second golden age of the canals.
    fab shot BTW Colin..

  • Thanks Jason ! A Canal with no water is quite an odd sight !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • John Schneider
    John Schneideralmost 3 years ago

    This is done along the Erie/Barge Canal and the Hudson River around this time of year… Think they do it as a flood control measure for the sping melt… none issue this year. Always interesting to see.. haven’t run into anything this pretty. Nicely done, Colin

  • Thanks John !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Thanks Larry

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 3 years ago

    Super capture Colin …

  • Thanks Tom !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Akkra
    Akkraalmost 3 years ago

    It was me! Nah just kiddin’ :D Great shot, looks like you were in the water!

  • Yep but not deep !!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosalmost 3 years ago

    It all looks so sad compared to the heyday when so many working narrow boats would have used the canal and lock Colin, but still a great subject and composition,
    Regards, Rod.

  • Cheers Rod !!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

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