History of the Basingstoke Canal
The Basingstoke Canal is in the south east of England and flows through the counties of Hampshire and Surrey. It originally ran from the Hampshire town of Basingstoke to its junction with the River Wey Navigation in Surrey, 37 miles away.
Today, 32 miles of the original navigation have been restored, from the Wey Navigation as far as North Warnborough in Hampshire, as a public amenity catering for boaters, walkers, canoeists, anglers and naturalists.
It has 29 locks, all but one in Surrey, which together raise the canal 204ft from the River Wey. You can find more about the Basingstoke Canal here.
This stretch of the canal was one of the most fortified during the war and there are many WWII relics still to be seen. Here you can see Dragon's Teeth which during the war had large Oak posts tied to them covered in barbed wire then slung across the canal to deter any invaders from using the canal to transport goods. The Oak post are long gone but the teeth are still there to be seen on both sides of the canal.
The cache is very close to parking and there is even a single picnic table if you want to make a day of it. The whole towpath can be walked or cycled by all ages - bring bread if you have little ones as there are always ducks around.