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A major investment should see the Basingstoke Canal open again in time for the 2013 Canal Boating season.

The flight of 14 locks at Deepcut, which has been closed to Canal Boats and craft since 2009, is expected to fully reopen in time for Easter.

This is good news for Canal Boat Holiday guest wishing to explore the Basingstoke Canal from our marina at Aldermaston.

The Basingstoke Canal was opened in 1794 to carry agricultural produce from Basingstoke to London via the River Wey and River Thames.

A major accolade was awarded to the Basingstoke Canal in September 1994, when the vast majority of the canal was designated a Site of Special and Scientific Interest.

Navigate your way across the Ash Aqueduct, this new aqueduct was opened in 1995 and carries the canal over the new A331 road.

The pretty river side village of Cookham offers visitors a change to stock up on fresh provisions and has a good variety of places to eat and drink.

The Queen's Swan Uppers visit Cookham Lock every year to record the swan population.

This ritual began when swans were considered an important food for royal banquets and feasts.

The Canal Centre in Mytchetthe is the perfect place to stay a while and watch the Canal Boats pass by.

It provides information on all aspects of the Canal, offering a detailed map, historical references, video display and replica Barge.

The Deepcut flight consists of 14 locks evenly spaced out, look out for the old army 'swimming pool' indicated by 2 sets of steps and railings set in the brick wall on the non-towpath side of the canal just above Lock 22.

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