West Vale Branch

The West Vale Branch section has the Wiltshire / Oxfordshire border as it's western limit (where the canal crossed the River Cole) and extends some 12km to Uffington Gorse wood, just east of the village of Uffington. The canal meanders through the Vale of the White Horse skirting the villages of Bourton, Shrivenham, Longcot and Uffington. Being rural, the line is quite apparent for much of this length; except where crossed by the railway (twice), by roads and access tracks and for a section around Uffington.

 

West Vale Map Jan 2024

(Extract from the Trust Interactive Map showing the area of the West Vale Branch)

Monthly Branch Planning Meetings, open to all, usually are held on the third Tuesday of each month, starting at 7:00 pm at The Prince of Wales pub in Shrivenham High Street.


Weekly Work-parties are held on Wednesday & Saturday mornings, weather permitting, meeting at The Shrivenham Canal Park in Stainswick Lane at 10am. On most Wednesdays, work-parties are also held at Uffington Gorse.
Anyone is welcome to lend a hand, we have lots going on as noted below, so extra hands are always much apprecitaed. Training on the use of our equipment can be arranged.
Or just to drop by the Canal Park for information and a chat!
For more information please contact our Work-party Organiser - kenn.tagg@wbct.org.uk

If manual activity is not for you, perhaps you could assist our local projects by helping with publicity, fundraising, organising events or donating unwanted DIY tools, gardening equipment & mowers. Visit us at a Branch Meeting or at the Shrivenham Canal Park, as above, or contact us at westvale.branch@wbct.org.uk .
Or maybe even donate something from our Amazon wish list of kit that we really need - Wish List on Amazon

Current Activities - February 2024

At Shrivenham Park

The second new footpath across the ditch has been completed and surfaced with wood chippings.
Significant works are continuing at the eastern end of the canal length within the Park with the aim of stopping the canal leaking into the nearby drainage ditch via the culvert running under the canal. The culvert will need to be exposed by digging out the bed of the canal. Large plastic pipes have been laid into and out of the canal to divert the ditch water so that the culvert is "dry". The footpath to Tuckmill Brook will be closed whilst this work is carried out.

Completed 2nd ditch crossing  Laying the canal overflow pipe 

 At Uffington Gorse

   
Part of the tip area now almost cleared of scrub & fallen trees  The towpath with more fallen trees   The tip area adjacent to Station Road has mostly been cleared of fallen trees so that excavation of the infilled canal can start when equipment becomes available. Our volunteers will now continue with the clearance of fallen trees across the canal towpath, this will be quite some task as many of the trees are very large.

 

See our News Page for an update on what we have been doing over the last few months and have a look at the Projects pages for details of each of our restoration sites.

To visit our lengths of canal & sites open to the public please see our
Local Information Page.

We welcome "Corporate Volunteer Teams".
Many local firms have visited us for a fun day away from the office/workplace volunteering on canal restoration. We have a variety of jobs always on offer depending upon the time of year and the physical abilities and numbers of visitors. Work can be arranged for small groups, two or three, up to about 30, for a couple of hours or for a full day.

Contact our Corporate Volunteers Co-ordinator - alan.norris@wbct.org.uk
Click here for further information and previous volunteer groups
 

For further details about West Vale Branch please contact our chairman - Ian Mitchell at ian.mitchell@wbct.or.uk