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Family fun at local canal walk

This year’s Wilts & Berks Canal Trust walk, on Sunday 26th June, is set to have a completely new look and a focus on fun activities for all the family.

Members of the public, friends, and supporters of the trust are invited to join volunteers in a guided walk retracing, as far as possible, the original route of the ‘Ippey Cut’ (as it was known by boaters) from the Buttercross Market Place, Chippenham to Pewsham Locks.

Once at the locks, there will be stalls and activities for children and adults, including a special appearance by Frankie the honorary canal horse.

Malcolm Hitchinson, volunteer and walk organiser said, “This year, in addition to our hardy walkers, we would like to encourage families to visit the site, where we will have a number stalls to create a mini family fun day for children of all ages.

“The children can make their own commemorative miniature brick, try to splat the rat, or try their hand at log sawing using a double handed saw, just like their great grandfathers may have done. We expect Frankie the canal horse to put in an appearance as well!”

The walk will be suitable for all ages: around two miles there and two miles back. More enthusiastic walkers can continue on to The Bell at Lacock, about five miles in total.

Registration at the Butter Cross is at 10am and the walk will start at 10:30. There will be free parking at Borough Parade or Emery Gate car parks.

Entry costs £5 per person or £10 per family.

Donations this year will be put towards the restoration of the lock cottage.

Malcolm added, “Please come along, learn about our heritage, enjoy the entertainment at the locks, and help us to raise money for what will be an amazing community amenity.”

For more information visit www.melkshamwaterway.org.uk