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 12 km to just east of the village of Uffington.

canalpark2 canalpark1Some years ago, the branch cleared and dredged several lengths of the canal around Shrivenham, opening up 1500m of towpath. We also purchased 2 hectares of land to the south of Shrivenham that included 100m of in-filled canal. The canal was excavated and the area landscaped to create a small park that now includes a car park, slipway, paths, numerous trees and a wildlife area.

SSLB1 SSLB2In order to join two of the dredged sections of canal, we then set about rebuilding the brick-arch bridge that carries Steppingstone Lane bridleway over the canal, it having been demolished in the 1950s. The new bridge is now in use, the final outstanding job here is to repair the wing walls.

The branch has monthly open meetings on the first Wednesday of each month, starting at 8 pm, at the Prince of Wales pub in Shrivenham High Street with, usually, a work-party on the following Saturday.

We also hold weekly work-parties most Wednesdays.


Contact our chairman Graham Banks for further details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lots more information on the Branch's area, these projects and all our previous restoration activities can be found on the archive website.

As well as maintenance of the Canalside Park and towpaths, special work-parties have been busy ..............
Team ArvalTeam Arval 19th November 2018 - A cold day down on the cut, but we had another team from Arval to carry on the clearance from the Park to Tuckmill.
Their Sales Team, some travelling a great distance to be with us, put in a superb amount of effort and finsihed the removal of brambles.
NPower Front Office TeamNPower Front Office Team 15th November 2018 - On a lovely autumnal day, a team 14 strong from the NPower Front Office attacked yet more brambles & scrub
to clear more of the canal bed and banks. All we need to do now is dispose of the heaps of debris!
Nationwide Treasury TeamNationwide Treasury Team 7th November 2018 - A group from Nationwide Building Society made a most welcome return.
Severn hardy volunteers from the Treasury Team braved rain and wind to clear more scrub from another length of canal near our Park, but they appeared to enjoy it!
Towards Tuckmill BrookTowards Tuckmill Brook

October 2018 - A second team from the Defence Academy-JFD HQ Resources Dept. 12 hard-working volunteers put in a full day of scrub clearance and
"recovered" the canal nearly to Tuckmill Brook.

Towards Tuckmill Brook  

Canal Navvies Sept18 1Canal Navvies Sept18 2

Canal Navvies Sept18 3Canal Navvies Sept18 4

 Sept 2018 - We welcomed 23 volunteers from the Defence Academy DCDC department, who cleared the brambles from 100m of the canal bank east of our Park.
This section being totally dry at the time.

  2018 July Arval2nd Group from Arval

July 2018 - Two groups of energetic volunteers from Arval, kept the towpath open from Stainswick Lane to Station Road,
despite it being one of the summer's very hot days.


  London WRG on Steppingstone Lane Bridge - photo Martin Ludgate

End June 2018 - London WRG cut and fixed the coping stones to the western parapet of Steppingstone Lane bridge, so completing the bridge rebuild.

 Towpath by Station Road

May 2018 - A branch work-party completed the surfacing of the towpath adjacent to Station Road Shrivenham.


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