Basingstoke Canal; Barley Mow to Odiham

Enjoy a peaceful day out in the natural environment, on this very rural and attractive lock free section of canal. For cyclists and walkers there is a continuous tow path.here

Please have a look at Basingstoke-Canal-Barley-Mow-to-Odiham.pdf on britishcanoeing.co.uk for more details.

Points of interest

  • A - Launch and turn right towards Odiham, going under the adjacent Barley Mow Bridge.
  • B - After passing under two bridges in the first mile, Sprat's Harch Footbridge is reached. This is a crossing point for the Three Castles Footpath.
  • C - For the following mile or so you will pass under Sandy Hill and Borad Oak bridges. Once you go under the A287 you will see a cruiser hire centre on your right.
  • E - A right hand turn then brings Colt Hill Bridge and Odiham Wharf into view with a public landing, car park and picnic benches on the right. The Water Witch pub, on the left, is gained by going over the bridge from the car park.
  • F - Follow the straight route of the canal for just under one mile; there can be some summer weed growth in this section. Thereafter a sharp left turn, winds the waterway through North Warnborough and under the B3349.
  • G - Within a few hundred yards a lift bridge is encountered. It is quite feasible go under this. Paddling further on for a few minutes you will arrive at the ruins of Odiham Castle on the right. This is an interesting place to stop for a break before turning back as this is effectively the end of the navigable section of the canal.
  • H - Boaters are requested not to proceed beyond the adjacent viaduct over the River Whitewater as the area that leads up to the entrance of Greywell Tunnel is a conservation area.