Abingdon Blog

Abingdon is probably the oldest town in Britain - continuously inhabited since the Iron Age. Abingdon is seven miles downstream from Oxford on the River Thames. The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon - mostly every day.

Saturday, 5 August 2006

First Canal Stretch

This map shows that the junction of the new Wilts and Berks Canal. It will be accessible from Peep-O-Day Lane.

Peep-O-Day Lane itself is only accessible by bikes, wheelchairs and pedestrians because of the concrete blocks.

Opposite the entrance to the new canal can be seen this old quarry.

The canal development can be seen across this gravel-pit lake. It is a private fishing lake.

A wide track of earth has been cleared to form the canal and wetland.

For some time the blue Environment Agency Sign has said " Site of the proposed junction of the Wilts & Berks Canal with the River Thames"

I didn't expect it to happen, but the first £160,000 stretch of the project is underway. It is planned to be opened at the end of August.

The old junction of the Wilts and Berks Canal ended at Margaret Browns Gardens in town, but that land has been built upon. The new junction is in open countryside.


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