Basingstoke Canal Navigation July Update
With the warm weather, unfortunately the water levels are now starting to drop off significantly. The canal is already losing 10 – 15mm/day depending on the weather.
Unless appreciable prolonged rainfall is received it is anticipate that the first trigger point for placing restrictions on navigation will be reached on Monday 27 July. At this level reduced lock opening times will be introduced at the normally unrestricted Ash lock (Lock 29) .
From Monday 27 July therefore locking times at Ash Lock will be restricted to 9am – 5pm with no navigation through the lock outside of these times, as the lock gates and paddles will be locked and caulked to conserve water levels on the Hampshire Pound.
The loss of feed water in dry weather has been a feature of the Canal since it was built. Without prolonged periods of rain, the water levels in the Canal will continue to fall and navigation will be further restricted.
As levels have already dropped off significantly the Canal Authority will soon no longer be able to maintain enough water flow down the canal to allow transit through Deepcut and Brookwood lock flights. If any boats need a ‘required passage’ on or off to leave the canal or return to a home mooring on the Hampshire or Mytchett pounds. Then they must contact the Canal Authority immediately to book a passage early next week as they cannot guarantee passage after Wednesday 29 July.
With the back-pumping systems at Woodham and St Johns Locks there will be no restrictions on navigation from the Wey junction as far as Hermitage Flash (Hermitage Road Bridge / A324).
Any boats wishing to visit the Canal should phone the Canal Centre a few days prior to arrival for the latest news and navigation status.
For full contact details and to read the full guidance with regard to Canal Navigation please click here.