We are the Guardians of the Basingstoke Canal

The Basingstoke Canal Society has been promoting and campaigning for the sustainable future of the Canal as a navigation and public amenity since 1966. 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, Friend or Volunteer to contribute to the future of the canal.

The Autumn 2021 edition of the Basingstoke Canal News is available to our members to read and download!
Members can log into their membership account to gain access by clicking here.
To sign up as a member and receive this 24 page full colour publication, please click here.
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Thanks to your generous donations we are over £9000 towards our £20,000 fundraising target to replace our trip boat Kitty with a new all electric boat.
You can help us by supporting our fundraising appeal and making a donation via our Crowdfunding page.
To keep updated about our projects and activities, click here to opt in to our regular communications.
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Our Christmas Cards, 2022 Basingstoke Canal Calendar and Gift Vouchers
are now available to purchase from our online shop.
Prices include P&P, all proceeds go towards maintaining the Basingstoke Canal.

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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