I'm sure a few of the people we spoke to on this canal were members of the Basingstoke Canal Society, the enthusiasm with which they welcomed us to their patch was really special.
|Galleon Marine base.|
|The only slow down sign we have seen on the whole canal.|
|Ewn ha Cul|
|Electric lift bridge|
|Remains of Odiham castle.|
|End of navigable canal|
We arrived at the end with no fanfare just a lovely deep wide winding hole to turn FL and face back the way we had come.
|Dot & Gordon wind EHC|
|The Mill House|
We had an end of navigable canal celebratory lunch at the Mill House in Odiham, a place thirty years ago we were guests of the then owners Tony & Tracey on it's opening night, it was called Blubeckers back then.
The 5 miles of isolated canal the other end reaches to it's terminus and namesake Basingstoke.
|Entrance is now sealed|
At dusk we all walked down to the tunnel hoping to see the bats streaming out of the tunnel entrance, tonight they must of used the portal at the other end. We consoled ourselves with an ale and cups of tea in the nearby Fox & Goose.
A few bats were spotted in torch lights on the walk back to the boats.