Wilts & Berks Canal Trust

Enhancement of the Pewsham canal corridor

To enhance the area for visits from the local communities by dredging the canal & improving the towpath. The re-watering will give new opportunities for boating, fishing & canoeing and will increase the wildlife interest for walkers & cyclists. The improved towpath will allow access for all.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 January 2011 to 12:00 AM, 1 October 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (299595)




  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation




All traffic on this section ceased in 1901 and the canal fell into decay. The bed is largely intact but is silted up. There are some breaches in the bank and in places the towpath needs raising. Some of the culverts need repair. Most of the 1200m was overgrown with scrub and trees and was cleared by our volunteers. This section is a vital part of the restoration of this historic canal.


Dredging commenced this summer on this 1200m section between Pewsham Locks and Double Bridge. About 900m is now complete and visitors on foot & bike have been amazed at the difference. Water is back and the wildlife will follow. We now need another £28000 to complete the remaining 300m dredging, repairs to culverts and the raising and reinstatement of the towpath. When complete this section will connect to a previously restored length to the South, giving about 2000m of re-watered canal.