Sunshine stroll celebrates canal achievements

The Wilts and Berks Canal Trust has raised at least £640 with its 10th annual sponsored walk, celebrating the ongoing canal restoration between Chippenham and Lacock.

About 120 people enjoyed a stroll in sunshine on Bank Holiday Monday, on a widened towpath alongside the restored wharf where narrowboats once waited to enter the flight of locks.

Walkers included pupils from St Paul’s and Redlands primary schools, Hardenhuish School, Chippenham Sea Cadets and the Scouts. They set off from The Buttercross in Chippenham and went past Pewsham Locks on to Lacock and a celebration at the Bell Inn.

The four-mile walk showcased the achievements of volunteers, who dredged several hundred metres of canal and refilled it with water.

Valerie Leverick, 61, walking with husband John, who has just retired as chairman of the trust, said: “It’s nice to see more and more improvements each time we come.”

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