A chance to see locks and dry docks, lost in undergrowth for 100 years is being offered to families, youth and sports clubs ready to raise money for the region's canals.

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is inviting people to take part in the annual sponsored walk along the Chippenham stretch of canal next month.

The trust has been clearing the undergrowth and rebuilding some of the structures, and walkers will be able to see the results of this work as well as a rebuilt bridge and towpath.

The event will include displays of archaeological finds from the former lock-keeper's cottage as well as photographs of wildlife found along the towpath.

The eight-mile walk starts from Chippenham Market Place at 10.30am on April 27. It will go south along the cycle track to Reybridge and on to The Bell Inn at Lacock then back to Chippenham.

There is a boat competition with a prize for the best-decorated craft.

Organiser Peter Williams said: "The walk is an ideal opportunity for people to see what has been achieved and what could be achieved."

The charity's aim is to link the Kennet & Avon Canal near Melksham to the Thames near Abingdon and The Thames and Severn Canal near Cricklade, connecting Chippenham, Calne, Wootton Bassett and Swindon.

Entry is £3 per family or group. Information packs are available from Peter Williams on (01249) 652248 or via peter.williams@wbct.org.uk