Basingstoke Canal at Odiham

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The Basingstoke Canal runs for 32 miles, from Greywell Village in Hampshire to Woodham in Surrey. The canal is quite wide here to accommodate access to a small boat hire company. This image was taken in Odiham, Hampshire on 15th May 2010 with my Nikon D90 and Nikon VR 18-200mm zoom lens at a focal length of 18mm.

The image was created with 3 different exposures and final post-processing completed with Photoshop CS5. The image size is 4300 x 2859px at a resolution of 300dpi.

For anyone interested in the canal’s history:

The Basingstoke Canal was conceived as an agricultural waterway to connect the area of North East Hampshire with the London markets. An act of parliament was applied for and received Royal Assent on the 15th May 1778 to empower the Company of Proprietors to build a navigable waterway from the town of Basingstoke to the river Wey at West Byfleet.

The Canal took seven years to construct with construction starting in 1787 and being completed in 1794, which entailed a bridge where any public highway crossed the Canal, 29 locks to raise the Canal from the River Wey up to the plateau in Hampshire which was 245ft above sea level, a tunnel at Greywell which was 1200 yards long and took the Canal through the hill under Butterwood.

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