North Wilts Canal

(9 miles, canal in various ownerships)

The North Wilts Canal provided a connection between the Thames & Severn and Wilts & Berks canals and was abandoned at the same time as the latter.  Part of the route has been built upon, but the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is promoting restoration as part of the project to restore the main line of the Wilts & Berks Canal.  Moredon Lock and Aqueduct have largely been restored and provide a showpiece length, and Swindon Borough Council built a major road crossing at Purton Road in 2001.  Restoration of the canal narrowly missed out on a major grant from the Big Lottery Fund, under its Living Landmarks theme, at the end of 2007.  However, a bid-development grant of £250,000 enabled a wide range studies for the full bid to be undertaken earlier in the year, and these will be vital in pursuing other funding options.