Wessex Waterway

Restoring for the Future

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About Us

    The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust was formed in 1977 (originally named the Wilts & Berks Canal Amenity Group), with the intention of preserving the remains of the old canal and using some of it as a community 'amenity'.

    Ten years later the group decided that full restoration of the whole canal was a practical possibility and plans where drawn up to explore how this would be done; especially as several diversions from the old route would be necessary.

    The canal runs from Semington, on the Kennet & Avon Canal, via Swindon to a junction with the River Thames at Abingdon.  There is also a branch (formerly the North Wilts Canal) which joins Swindon to the Thames & Severn Canal at Latton.

    Numerous branches of the group were formed, each taking on a section of canal and undertaking various restoration initiatives, as well as fund raising and publicity.

    This has carried on over the years with steady progress being made, and the project is now recognised as the biggest, and most difficult, of its kind in the country.

    As well as the name change, a partnership has been formed with various councils and organisations that support the project.

    The Duchess of Cornwall is the Patron of WBCT.


If you would like to help with this very worthwhile project please visit the
Trust web site
   tel: 0845 226 8567

Dauntsey Lock Canal Centre
Dauntsey Lock
SN15 4HD