Brookwood and Basingstoke Canal Towpath

EASY 6 reviews

Brookwood and Basingstoke Canal Towpath is a 8.9 kilometer loop trail located near Woking, Surrey, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 8.9 km Elevation Gain: 245 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



A circular walk starting from Brookwood Station in Surrey. The walk follows the towpath of the Basingstoke canal and then passes through the village of St John's near Woking, cuts across the railway and a golf course before returning to the towpath for the return stretch. The walk is relatively flat and provides relatively easy walking and navigation. The paths include long sections of the canal towpath (which can be narrow, muddy and overgrown in places) along with pavements, road edges and tarmac paths. There is just one stile (which is quite small and relatively open to allow most dogs to pass through alongside) and you will also need to cross a golf course so take here to avoid the balls flying down the fairways.

4 months ago

Nice walk along the canal sections and through the golf course. Walk along Blackhorse Road was scary!! Not suitable for walkers with small children.

9 months ago

Enjoyed this walk by the canal. Quite busy though. Maybe go in the week if you can

Sun Oct 15 2017

Enjoyed much of the stretch on the canal, though it was very busy in some areas. There was frequent standing to the side of the narrow path to let joggers and cyclists pass (it was a sunny autumn day!). We didn't feel safe on the stretch walking on the country road without a pavement. The cars were travelling at speed and we were glad to reach the canal path again. Lovely area and agreeing with someone else's comments, some beautiful reflections on the canal

Tue Feb 02 2016

Just finished this walk not to muddy with all the storms that had been around. The sun came out with some amazing reflections on the canal. The return we did on the other footpath to vary the views.