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, 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

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Last Updated - 27.04.16 - Race Night Details Added



Melksham Walk

Canal Dress

Access Guide
Melksham Link
Toner Recycling
Old Canal Maps


Restoration on Pewsham Top Lock to start soon


Pewsham Top Lock is one of three locks (along with a host of other buildings) at the Pewsham Locks site just outside of Chippenham (click on the Access Guide link on the right for location information).

Funding for the site is currently being sort from Hertiage Lottery but in the meantime the MCC Branch decided to restore the Top Lock and build a new Lock Keepers cottage on the site of the old one.

We belive we have sourced sufficient funding to finish the Top Lock element, are waiting for a few details to be sorted and then we are off. We plan to update visitors to this site with information and hope to do this on a monthly basis so why not pop back and see how we are getting on?.

Dave Maloney
Branch Chair


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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.

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