We are the Guardians of the Basingstoke Canal

The Basingstoke Canal Society promotes and campaigns for the sustainable future of the Canal as a navigation and public amenity. Through the John Pinkerton Canal Cruises operation, it also raises money which is used to fund the maintenance and improvement works undertaken by more than 250 volunteers.

Within the pages of our website you will find our various publications, including our latest news, bulletins and newsletters. You can also purchase boat trips and items from our shop, or make a financial donation to help fund our work.

Becoming a member of the Society and volunteering can be very rewarding and has many benefits. There are a number of practical and administrative volunteering roles available. Click to find out about becoming a member or volunteer to contribute to the future of the canal.

The latest members newsletter, The Basingstoke Canal News Edition 270 is now available to read online via our publications page by clicking here.
Members must be logged into their membership account to view
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The Basingstoke Canal Society and The Lightbox, Woking have come together to provide “Edible England” boat trips during September.
For more information, please click here.
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Our Annual General Meeting took place on 2nd September and the minutes can be read by members by clicking here.
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We are currently running fundraising campaigns to fund various projects to improve the Canal. Click here to find out how you can support our appeals.

Following the update to the COVID-19 rules on 19th July 2021, the arrangements for boat trips has also changed. Please click here for detailed information. All bookings will be subject to current Covid19 restrictions, which may reduce our passenger numbers.

The Society was originally formed in 1966 to save the privately owned waterway, and campaigned for its restoration under public ownership. This was achieved in the early 1970s when Hampshire and Surrey County Councils purchased the then derelict canal.

In partnership with the local authorities, the Society organised voluntary working parties, managed work training schemes and employed a full-time team to restore the Canal. After nearly 20 years effort, thirty two miles of the waterway, from the Wey Navigation junction to the Greywell Tunnel, were formally reopened in May 1991 by HRH The Duke of Kent.

The Canal is now managed by the Basingstoke Canal Authority, and is financed by the two county council owners and neighbouring borough and district authorities, with a significant contribution of both cash and value-in-kind from the Society. The Basingstoke Canal Society was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which was presented by HRH The Duke of Kent on a return visit to the Canal in November 2018.

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