Welcome to the home page of probably the newest waterway restoration charity in England and Wales – formed (as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation) on 11 September 2017 when the Charity Commission approved our constitution and emailed us our Registered Charity number.

We are a companion organisation which works alongside the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust – that’s a charity which was established (under another name) over 40 years ago.

We intend to do the things that the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust aren’t doing – very much a complementary approach working on the parts they are not working on.

There’s about 70 miles of waterway to work on, and until it’s all done there won’t be the full extent of the public benefits which both organisations exist to deliver.  There will be short term ‘incidental’ benefits, but the big benefits come from a sustainable and through-connected operational waterway.  Strictly it’s two waterways – the main line of the Wilts & Berks Canal (mostly on the route of the historic canal) from the Kennet and Avon Canal near Melksham to the River Thames near Abingdon, plus the North Wilts Canal (mostly on the historic route) from near Cricklade to Swindon.

There are other organisations involved in the restoration project already – the members of the Wiltshire, Swindon and Oxfordshire Canal Partnership.  We hope to be invited to join that Partnership soon. 

The Thames Bridges Trek, 11 September 2021

11 September 2017 was the date when the Charity Commission approved the application to register Wessex Waterways as a charity.
This year on WWRT’s fourth birthday, 11 September, Trustee Luke Walker will walk in London on the Thames Bridges Trek.
This extends to 25km and involves crossing the river 16 times on different bridges, starting near Putney Bridge and finishing after having crossed Tower Bridge.

To sponsor Luke please click on the donate button and follow the steps through the Virgin Money Giving process. If you are a UK taxpayer please click to add the Gift Aid. Many thanks for your support for Luke – and for Wessex Waterways Restoration Trust.