Swindon now has a newly created stretch of canal in water at Whichelstowe the new expansion area in what is known as the town's 'front garden'.
|The new stretch of Canal and bridge at Whichelstowe in Swindon beside the M4 Motorway. Picture by Bob Naylor|
The Wilts & Berks Canal in Swindon is currently navigable from
King's Hill to the new Swindon expansion area of Whichelstowe and this will
soon link up with a brand new stretch of canal increasing the length of
canal in water to more than 4km.
Looking back towards the the Wilts & Berks Canal from
the new Whichelstowe branch. Picture by Bob Naylor
The new stretch of canal runs alongside the M4 motorway towards the former Wilts & Berks Canal water supply reservoir at Coate Water on the eastern side of the town.
The Whichelstowe Arm includes a lock that will be the first operational lock of the Wilts & Berks Canal restoration.
Links to other W&B Canal Trust stories on this site:
Duchess of Cornwall to mark the start of Melksham Link and the 200th Anniversary of the Wilts & Berks Canal