The Melksham, Calne and Chippenham Branch
of the
 Wilts & Berks Canal Trust

This is the Unofficial Website for the Melksham, Calne and Chippenham Branch
MCC Branch would like to thank Viridor,Community First, Hills Waste Management, Wavin Plastics, Canal and River Trust and Chippenham Areaboard for their invaluable support


What's On

Work Parties

300 Club Winners
Finds Registration

Press Releases


Branch Officers


Contact us

Trust Website
Join the Trust!
Other Links
Canal & Rivers Trust
Kennet & Avon
Cotswold CT
Somerset CC
Wildlife Restraints

Last Updated - 15.07.16 



Melksham Walk

Canal Dress

Access Guide
Melksham Link
Old Canal Maps


Restoration on Pewsham Top Lock started


Due to a lot of hard work, planning and a bit of luck we have the funds to cover the costs of restoring Pewsham Top Lock. This is a branch project as is the Lock Keepers cottage that we have just started fund raising for.

Funds were made available by Chippenham Area Board and the players of Peoples Postcode Lottery in conjunction with Canal & River Trusts Heritage Heroes project.
We estimate the restoration will take 12-14 months and have made provision for the lock to be covered with a commercial polytunnel so we are able to work during the rainy season!

We look forward to working with a Help for Heroes team in the Spring of 2017.

Click on the Access Guide on the right for the location of Pewsham Locks.

Dave Maloney
Branch Chair



Visit our Picture Gallery
View our latest Presentation 


What do we do ?

We work towards the restoration for navigation of the Wilts & Berks Canal which was abandoned in 1914 just prior to the outbreak of the First World War, through traffic having ended in 1901. The Canal ran from the Kennet and Avon Canal near Semington in Wiltshire to the River Thames at Abingdon via Melksham and Swindon. Branches were constructed to serve Chippenham and Calne. In addition the North Wilts Canal ran from Swindon to connect the Canal with the Thames and Severn Canal at Lechlade.

On the closure of the Canal the ownership of the land was lost and our work now is dependent on the kind permission of the current landowners.

Our Branch covers that part of the Canal from Semington Junction to Pewsham including the Branches to Calne and Chippenham..

We have Branch Meetings once a month and Work parties restoring the Canal on local sites at least twice a month. We also organize fund raising social events including an annual Quiz Evening in February and a Sponsored Walk in April.

Of great importance recently has been the foundation work to set out a line for a new route for the Canal. The Trust has funded a number of feasibility studies and a final route using the River Avon is now in place. This will bring the Canal back to The Bell at Lacock which will once again be a canal-side pub.

Please use the links to explore further.

Back to top