Boats return after 100 years

Visitors to the Wilts & Berks Canal will be able to see boats passing under local landmark Double Bridge near Lacock in Wiltshire for the first time since the collapse of the Stanley Aqueduct in 1901. 

This restored section of the canal is now 1.25kms long, allowing access to walks in open countryside from the bottom of Pewsham Locks near Chippenham to the edge of Reybridge near Lacock – making this one of the longest stretches of navigable water to be restored in our waterways project - and allows boats to pass under the bridge which was officially opened by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall in 2009.

WBCT Chairman Roderick Bluh said:  ““This is another impressive achievement by our fantastic volunteers and demonstrates our charity’s progress in bringing the canal back to life.”

Double Bridge is a popular spot for walkers and cyclists who use the restored canal towpath.  From May this year, as well as enjoying the view towards the River Avon in the meadow below, they can watch boats pass under the bridge for the first time in over 100 years.

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