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During 2022, it has been possible to walk from Templar's Firs to Swindon without having to walk along any main roads. It takes about 2½ hours, mostly on the towpath or the former line of the canal, ending at Canal Walk in the Brunel Centre. An hourly bus service on Mondays to Saturdays takes you back to New Road (a short walk to the canal), on route 99. There's a more frequent service (usually every 20 minutes) on route 55 that stops in the High Street; it also runs on Sundays every 30 minutes. Here's the route following the railway footpath, though you can also walk along the new road (not yet open for traffic) and follow a sign-posted temporary footpath to join the canal at Wichelstowe, which is slightly longer but takes you past the H & W pub and the Waitrose tea-shop.

RWB Swindon walking route via rly path

Members of the branch normally meet at the Angel Hotel in the High Street on the first Monday at 7:30.

At the end of 2021, we were pleased to announce that at the far reaches of our Canal we made a set of steps and hand-rail in order that you can climb up into the path near Studley Grange Garden and Leisure Centre.
That means you can gain entrance to the towpath by parking in Bincknoll Lane and then walking to get a lovely cup of coffee!
Thank you to all our ‘dirty boot’ volunteers that made this possible .
If you have time on your hands we would love to welcome you into our family that is helping to restore our Canal !

Garden centre


Alex Hutchings becomes new RWB Branch Chair

At a special meeting on 19th July, Alex Hutchings was unanimously elected to chair the Royal Wootton Bassett branch.


Dunnington done for 2021

20210519 105927 work party at Dunnington Aqueduct


Work parties on 19th and 25th May cleared the canal line at Dunnington Aqueduct and Embankment as seen here.



Work-boat Nelson arrives at Templar's Firs

20210526 122125 Nelson approaching Noremarsh Bridge


On Saturday 15th May the work-boat 'Nelson' was lifted out of the Basingstoke Canal at Woking and was taken to Royal Wootton Bassett by lorry, accompanied by 100-ton mobile crane. Click here to read the news item and see a photo gallery of the journey.


First RWB Work-Party of 2021

20210418 081423 Chaddington Lock after mowing


Read about our visit to Chaddington Lock on 14th April here

If you want to join our 'free outdoor gym' as a Work-Party volunteer, please e-mail John Bower on .


How you can help get the Canal in the plan!

Public consultation - RWB Neighbourhood Plan Review


The October Deluge 2020

On Wednesday 30th September 2020, the work-party cleared vegetation from Chaddington Spill-weir and the culverts under Bincknoll Lane in preparation for the threatened Storm Alex. It was not a moment too soon.  October 2020 started with a change of weather on the first day. For four days, our area had over 120 millimetres of rain, filling the canal well above normal levels. On Sunday 4th October, members took photos from east to west, which you can see by clicking here.