Southampton and Salisbury Canal: A Portrait
The Waterway Today
The pages making up the portrait cover the route of the Southampton & Salisbury Canal in words and pictures between the two cities. On each page a brief verbal description of the waterway is illustrated with a number of pictures.
In the textual descriptions of the canal, features without any accompanying image to help identify their location may have a OS National Grid Reference and WGS84 location which is indicated in this manner: NG Ref: SU250271. WGS84: 51° 02′ 35″ N, 1° 38′ 38″ W.. Selecting this will display a tooltip giving the OS National Grid reference and the latitude and longitude (in WGS84) of this position.
Explorers of the remains of the canal would do well to concentrate their investigations, particularly in rural areas, upon the winter months when verdant foliage is less likely to obscure the features they are seeking.
This portrait does not attempt to describe a walk along the waterway as lengths of the canal are not accessible or visible from public roads or footpaths. It is recommended that explorers use Ordnance Survey Landranger (1:50 000) or Explorer (1:25 000) mapping to help find their way. These maps show much of the canal and include public rights of way. The scale of the Explorer mapping is larger, is more detailed and probably more useful to the walker/explorer. The following maps cover the route of the canal:
|Length of canal||Sheet|
|Landranger (1:50 000)|
|Salisbury Arm: Kimbridge to Lockerley||185|
|Salisbury Arm: Lockerley to Salisbury||184|
|Explorer (1:25 000)|
|Salisbury Arm: Kimbridge to West Grimstead||131|
|Salisbury Arm: Alderbury to Salisbury||130|
This site includes a Maps page giving access to various maps covering the Canal.
Please also note that much of the site of the canal, particularly on the Salisbury Arm, is on private property. We wish to ask that those seeking to view the remains do not trespass upon such land without gaining permission.
Every effort has been made to ensure that the route descriptions are accurate. However, changes can occur at any time. The web site manager would be pleased to hear about omissions, changes or errors found.