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Wilts and Berks Canal

Over on nbtheGreenMan’s blog Suzanne has been blogging about her wondering the Wilts & Berks Canal, Her post and photos are of the Abingdon end of the canal (in Oxon…) Since I am back in Swindon, due to my employment status; and I have some time on my hands;

Its been a while since I had been out on my bike; so I went for a wonder over the top of the hill to see how far I could get on the canal towpath, unlike the section Suzanne wondered, the part I went along is supposed to be restored…

…Starting at just south of the number 5 next to the spot hight of 320 I will be travailing north along the branch up to the thames at Eysey.

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This is the south end of the route where I started, this culvert was built at the same time as the under path for the foot/cycle way when the new road layout was built, the name for this is “Purton Road Bridge”

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The cycle path and Canal at this point are both at the same level; I guess the path is the same depth as the canal bed

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As you can see the canal is backfilled with plants; and very little water, so thats no fun. however the track next to it is level and smooth.

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on the other side of the hedge to the left is also a good cycle/bridle/access road

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Aqueduct over the River Ray; this seems to be the end of the route that can be followed, as after this it runs into a hedge row;

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After a bit of random cycling around I did come across some more evince of the canal

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I will be out on my bike again soon to look for more.

On tuesday I will be going to the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Meeting in Swindon.