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

This is the Unofficial Website for the Melksham, Calne and Chippenham Branch




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Sponsored Walk Sunday 10th May

Walk the Wilts & Berks

Sunday 10th May 2015 is a date for your diary if you like the idea of walking beside a beautiful stretch of the Wilts & Berks Canal, at the same time as supporting the restoration project.

Everyone is invited to join MCC's Annual Sponsored Walk from the Buttercross in Market Place Chippenham to The Bell in Lacock. Walkers can choose to either walk there and back as part of the main walk (10 miles), or walk just one way and catch the provided minibus back (5 miles). We hope that having this shorter option will encourage more people to participate.

Registration fees are: 5 for individuals, or 10 for recognised groups such as scouts and cadets. We hope that as many walkers as possible will raise sponsorship money, not only to help our cause, but also to provide an incentive to complete the challenge! For groups who would like to raise funds for their own cause, we are very happy for you to do this, but ask that you split your sponsorship money with us 50/50. For those highly organised souls who come with 20 sponsorship already pledged, there will be no registration fee.

Registration at The Buttercross  (SN15 3HD) will open at 10:00am and the walk will start at 10:30am. Car parking is at Borough Parade or Emery Gate (both free on Sundays).



The route will take walkers past the site at Pewsham Locks, where members of the work party are making terrific progress since receiving planning permission for the restoration of Top Lock and the Lock Cottage. Boswell, MCC's 'new improved' workboat and butty, will also be on view - although not necessarily afloat! It was delivered to a very shallow wharf section in November 2014 to wait for the completion of Cocklemore Brook Culvert. This would then enable the canal to be re watered, and Boswell to be re floated, following the dramatic breach in January 2014.

Volunteers will also be manning an information gazebo, answering questions and offering mid morning tea, coffee and cake here, before walkers set off along the beautifully picturesque towpath towards Lacock and The Bell. Here participants will be able to enjoy a well earned drink, snack and/or meal, although it would be wise to book a table for this as it is a very busy pub: Tel 01249 730308.

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