Category Archives: Basingstoke Canal

Algae update

Algae update – good news. All restrictions lifted! We have now had a second water sample tested by the Environment Agency and this has come back clear of blue green algae so it’s back to business as normal for all on the canal.

However we cannot guarantee that it won’t return so please keep your eyes open and if anyone notices any paint like scums on the water please let us know. We will of course continue to monitor the water over the coming weeks.

Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre

Basingstoke canal – Blue Green Algae Levels Reducing

Blue Green Algae Levels Reducing

We have been monitoring the blue green algae over the last few days and have noted that it has reduced considerably in density within the water. Unpowered boats are now allowed to use the full canal again. there is however still blue green algae present from Aldershot through to Odiham and everyone should take basic precautions.

General Precautions

Wash hands if you come into contact with canal water.

Canoes and kayaks – do not carry out rolling practice or any activities that will purposely put you under/in the water. If you capsize accidentally try not to swallow water. Shower and wash clothing as soon as possible. The algae can irritate skin particularly if it is trapped between skin and clothing. If you find any green surface scums or swirls of algae keep away from these. Do not use boats that are prone to capsizing until after the algae has gone.

Contact the Canal Centre for further information 01252 370073

Basingstoke Canal warning on blue-green algae

Algae update: Hampshire section of the canal now closed to all unpowered boats. The Environment Agency (EA) have now confirmed that the algae is toxic blue-green algae and advised us to close the Hampshire section of the canal (Ash lock to Greywell) to all unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, rowing boats etc) until further notice.

Blue-Green algae 02.05.14We have received unverified reports of “Blue-Green” algae in the canal between Fleet and Dogmersfield.We have taken samples of the blooms which have been sent to the Environment Agency for expert analysis.

In the meantime we advise that extra precautions are taken while visiting and using the canal, as you and your pets could be at risk.

  • Do not allow your dogs to swim or drink water from the canal.
  • If you come into contact with the algal blooms ensure good hygiene before eating and drinking. Symptoms may include skin rashes, vomiting, fever and joint pains.
  • If you feel unwell or are concerned please contact your doctor.
  • Unwell pets should be taken to a vet as soon as possible.
  • Additional information is available on the Environment Agency website,

Basingstoke Canal Information

Up to the minute information on conditions and restrictions on the Basingstoke canal can be found both on their website and Facebook page. (You need to have a Facebook account to access this) The Basingstoke canal society news page also has updates on landslips and trees down etc.

Having paddled from the Barley Mow to the Greywell Tunnel and back today we can report that all the fallen trees have been cleared from this section of the canal.

The landslip is about half a mile downstream from the Barley Mow car-park, this part of the canal is ‘officially’ closed to all navigation until it has been tidied up.