Basingstoke Canal
The Basingstoke Canal is one of the nicest places in Southern England to go canoeing. The sections west of Aldershot are particularly pleasant, and west of Fleet the canal is very rural and a place with a real sense of peace. What makes it even more perfect for canoes is that there are no locks between Aldershot and the western end at the Greywell Tunnel, so whole day trips can be planned without portages. Much of this part of the canal passes through woodlands full of the sounds of bird life, and this is a particularly good spot to paddle on a windy day, as it is very sheltered for much of its length. There are also a number of pleasant pubs to visit. At Mytchett, near Ash, Frimley and Farnborough, the Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre offers access to another nice bit of the canal which, despite being less rural, is a very nice place to canoe. East of Deepcut, a long cutting where the canal passes through sandy heaths, the Basingstoke Canal drops steadily towards Woking and its confluence with the River Wey. Unfortunately this means it passes through 28 locks, and this makes it a less likely option for canoeists.