Duncan joins local people for re-opening of ‘Wiltshire’s Lost Waterway’

Duncan joined local volunteers on Monday to celebrate a major milestone in their campaign to restore a former waterway through the Wiltshire countryside.

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Following tens of thousands of hours of free labour, the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust officially reopened the two-mile stretch from Pewsham to Reybridge. Over the last few years the charity has been clearing rubbish and undergrowth, dredging the canalbed, raising the towpath, and repairing spillweirs and even an entire bridge.

The impressive results were enjoyed by hundreds of people taking part in this year’s annual sponsored walk from Chippenham to Lacock.

Following the formal ribbon cutting at Pewsham Locks, Duncan became one of the first passengers to travel along the waterway since it was abandoned almost a century ago.

Duncan said:

“I’ve been delighted to follow the progress of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust and how it has grown in popularity.

“I’m repeatedly amazed by everything that has been achieved and the incredible progress that has been made. The transformation is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the small army of volunteers who are breathing new life into this former waterway.

“I look forward to the restoration of many more miles in the years ahead.”