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Santa on the Canal

Thought it would be something different for the grand daughter to go for trip on the canal and see... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2015
A little known piece of urban history

The Wilts and Berks canal originally stretched from Melksham to near Reading. A short stretch... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2015
Richard B
Swindon, United Kingdom
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The Wilts & Berks Canal is an historic waterway that runs for over 50 miles from the Thames at Abingdon to link to the Kennet and Avon canal close to Melksham. The canal is being carefully restored by enthusiastic volunteers to bring benefit to...more
Swindon, England
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Reviewed 22 December 2015

Thought it would be something different for the grand daughter to go for trip on the canal and see Santa. As we got onto boat granddaughter remarked that it was first time she had been on boat trip, but no sign of Santa. We started...More

Thank lilianswindon
Reviewed 24 October 2015 via mobile

Walked along the canal from the kingshill by the petrol station up till the waitrose. It's a good calm and you may hear bird chirping and may be not lucky to find too much of wildlife. The water was not so clean then. It's a...More

Thank vforvishy
Reviewed 12 September 2015

This is my second review of the wilts and Berks canal. My first was deleted. so I will say again, The section canal at the base of kings hill was once my preferred walking route. It was quiet and teeming with wildlife, you were literally...More

5  Thank john r
Reviewed 1 September 2015

Went on this boat trip recently because my Mother is a wheelchair user but so wanted to go on a boat. From my first enquiries it was clear that they were able and very happy to accommodate a wheelchair user so I booked it up...More

3  Thank costleycomfort
Reviewed 28 August 2015 via mobile

Had family from Chicago visiting so took them for the canal boat trip. Just long enough for small children. Some lovely scenery and crew were full of information and very friendly. Bonus is you only have to pay for adults.

Thank Louise S
Reviewed 3 August 2015

The canal at Swindon is accessible behind the petrol station at Kingshill and it is in the process of being restored. There is a lovely walk along the towpath and a wonderful Victorian bridge. You can stop at Waitrose and have a cup of tea...More

2  Thank tiggerb2016
Reviewed 1 July 2015

The Wilts and Berks canal originally stretched from Melksham to near Reading. A short stretch remains (accessible from the rear of the Kingshill - by the petrol station). Around two miles of the canal has been restored here and on the right days you can...More

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 8 June 2015

the canal at kingshill has narrow boat trips,the boat is called the dragon fly and the trip is an hour long,children go free but adults pay £5 each and worth every penny,i did not even know this gem existed after living in swindon since 63.you...More

1  Thank Gail C
Reviewed 10 May 2015

The beginning of the canal at the bottom of Kingshill is filled with rubbish and I'm afraid most of the canal is stagnant. I feel sorry for the few ducks left there. The clever ones have relocated. The Waitrose end has been restored to some...More

4  Thank Raggamuffin8
Reviewed 13 April 2015

now that the Canel is open in Swindon ita a nice walk with plenty of wild life when connected it will be good there are boats journeys on a Sunday but you have to book

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john r
16 May 2015|
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Response from robgeorge1 | Reviewed this property |
There are Fish (Perch..Roach..) , Ducks , Moorhens,Herons etc etc in/ on this strech of Canal. It's a Canal......boats should be on it & using it, this adds to the attraction & keeps things moving on it so the water dosent... More
11 March 2015|
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Response from john r | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately Bobbie, the swindon wilts and berks stretch of the canal is unconnected, the part that's left is not very big at the moment and isn't very lovely :( Unfortunately the canal is also not suitable to stay on for a... More