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 a pill box - one of many dotted along the Canal. At this point you are probably saying where is the pill box ? Well look over the canal and into the field beyond - look carefully into the small copse of trees and that is a pillbox at the bottom !!.
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.