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 the huge concrete blocks that were moved into place to deter tanks from following the route up the canal. You can clearly see 4 here and if you look carefully hereabouts you will see more dumped in the woods. Behind the traps (and covered in ivy) is one of many pill boxes dotted along the canal.
The cache is reasonably close to parking. The whole towpath can be walked or cycled by all ages - bring bread if you have little ones as there are always ducks around.