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Canal Boating Holidays - Kennet and Avon Canal Guide

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Kennet and Avon Canal Boat Hire

Kennet and Avon Canal Location and basic information

The Kennet and Avon Canal is a broad canal in southern England. The name may refer to either the route of the original Kennet and Avon Canal Company, which linked the River Kennet at Newbury to the River Avon at Bath, or to the entire navigation between the River Thames at Reading and the Floating Harbour at Bristol, including the earlier improved river navigations of the River Kennet between Reading and Newbury and the River Avon between Bath and Bristol.

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Navigation Notes

Reading - Section between High Bridge and Bridge Street Bridge (2) is controlled by boater controlled traffic lights

Bruce Tunnel 502 yds

Semington Junction - Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal (Disused)

Dundas Junction - Somersetshire Coal Canal Arm (Disused)


The beginning of the Kennet and Avon Canal is at Kennet Mouth, Reading on the River Thames - Categories contents are listed from the beginning of the canal to Entrance Lock (Avonmouth) Bristol.

Caen Hill Flight of 29 locks including this straight flight of 16

Bridges are numbered from the Kennet Mouth but (confusingly) locks are numbered from Avonmouth!

Map (External Link) of the Kennet and Avon Canal locks

About Locks and How They Work


Boaters Facilities on the Kennet and Avon Canal

Official Moorings
In the Reading Loop
Bitton Railway Bridge (211)

Bradford on Avon Wharf
Above Hanham Lock (1)

Water Points
Above County Lock (106)
Tyle Mill Swing Bridge (23) Services<
Aldermaston Lift Bridge (28) Sanitary Station
Above Kintbury Lock (78) Sanitary Station
Station Road Bridge (83) Sanitary Station
Bedwyn Wharf Bridge (95) Sanitary Station
Crofton Lock (55)
Wootton Rivers Bottom Lock (51)
Pewsey Bridge (114) Sanitary Station
Devizes Sanitary Station
Caen Hill Lock (45) Sanitary Station
Low Foxhangers Bridge (146) Sanitary Station
Sells Green Bridge (149)
Seend Wharf Bridge (153) Sanitary Station
Bradford on Avon Wharf Sanitary Station
Dundas Wharf

Above Bath Top Lock

Above Swineford Lock

Below Hanham Lock (1)

Toilets
Aldermaston Lift Bridge (28) Sanitary Station
Above Kintbury Lock (78) Sanitary Station
Station Road Bridge (83) Sanitary Station
Bedwyn Wharf Bridge (95) Sanitary Station
Pewsey Bridge (114) Sanitary Station
Devizes Sanitary Station
Caen Hill Lock (45) Sanitary Station
Low Foxhangers Bridge (146) Sanitary Station
Seend Wharf Bridge (153) Sanitary Station
Bradford Wharf Sanitary Station

Showers

Refuse Disposal
Tyle Mill Swing Bridge (23) Services
Aldermaston Lift Bridge (28) Sanitary Station
Above Kintbury Lock (78) Sanitary Station
Station Road Bridge (83) Sanitary Station
Bedwyn Wharf Bridge (95) Sanitary Station
Crofton Lock (55)
Pewsey Bridge (114) Sanitary Station
Devizes Sanitary Station
Caen Hill Lock (45) Sanitary Station
Low Foxhangers Bridge (146) Sanitary Station
Sells Green Bridge (149)
Seend Wharf Bridge (153) Sanitary Station
Semington Bridge (160)
Bradford Wharf Sanitary Station
Dundas Wharf
Bathampton Bridge (183)
Bathwick (Dolemead) between Abbey View Lock (11) and Wash House Lock (10)
Below Hanham Lock (1)

Recycling Centres

Elsan / Sewage Point
Tyle Mill Swing Bridge (23) Services
Aldermaston Lift Bridge (28) Sanitary Station
Above Kintbury Lock (78) Sanitary Station
Station Road Bridge (83) Sanitary Station
Bedwyn Wharf Bridge (95) Sanitary Station
Pewsey Bridge (114) Sanitary Station
Devizes Sanitary Station
Caen Hill Lock (45) Sanitary Station
Low Foxhangers Bridge (146) Sanitary Station (No self pump out)
Seend Wharf Bridge (153) Sanitary Station
Bradford-on-Avon Wharf Sanitary Station
Dundas Wharf
Above Swineford Lock (No pump out)

Diesel

Recommended - The Boatyard Hilperton - For: Diesel, Calor Gas, Pump Out, Winter Coal - Situated on the Kennet and Avon Canal between the Caen Hill Flight at Devizes and Bradford-on-Avon, this small but friendly yard has a lot to offer. For help and advice please feel free to contact Tel: 01225 710 017 Re-engine, Gas Work, Maintenance, Repairs, Call-outs, Electrics, Chandlery, Fenders

Laundry Facilities

Shops
Hungerford Town Bridge (84)

Devizes Sainsbury's 400mtrs by
Bradford-on-Avon Sainsbury's 100mtrs by Underwoods Bridge (171)
Bathwick, off Sydney Wharf Bridge (188)
Kingsmead off Bridge 199

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Main Cities, Towns and Villages along the Kennet and Avon Canal

Reading - Reading is a large town in Berkshire, England, located at the confluence of the River Thames and the Kennet and Avon Canal (River Kennet Navigation), also on the Great Western Main Line railway and adjacent to the M4 motorway, around 40 miles (64 km) west of London. The county town of the Royal County of Berkshire since 1867.

Aldermaston

Thatcham - Thatcham, Berkshire, is about 3 miles (5 km) east of Newbury and some 15 miles (24 km) west of Reading. It lies on the River Kennet, the Kennet and Avon Canal, the A4 road and the course of a Roman road.

Newbury - The River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon Canal flow through the centre of Newbury, Berkshire. Newbury District Museum, The Wharf, Newbury. Sainsbury's supermarket 400mtrs south from bridge 59.

Hungerford - Hungerford is a market town and civil parish in Berkshire, England, 10 miles (16 km) west of Newbury.

Devizes - Devizes is at the heart of Wiltshire - For tourist information and holiday activities in Devizes and central Wiltshire visit the Devizes Visitor Centre in the Market Place or see www.DoFreeStuff.com/wiltshire for FREE things to do in Wiltshire!

Trowbridge

The Kennet and Avon Trust Tea Room, Higher Wharf, Bradford Basin, Bradford-on-Avon, WiltshireBradford-on-Avon - A popular spot for visitors to the Kennet and Avon Canal is Bradford-on-Avon Basin - Higher Wharf; An area originally developed as a distribution centre between London and Bath, now with picnic areas and pay and display parking. The Kennet and Avon Trust Tea Room (pictured left) purveyors of fine refreshments! This is also the base for The Kennet and Avon Trust Boat 'Barbara McLelland' - available for day trips and day charter.

Bath - Visit Bath, England By Boat

Keynsham

Bristol


Narrowboat Holiday Hire - Widebeam Canal Boat Holidays on the Kennet and Avon Canal

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Reading - Reading Marine Company, Aldermaston Wharf, Padworth, Reading - 0118 971 3666 - Narrowboats that sleep between 2 and 12 persons - View Reading Marine's Boats Online Now


Reading (Horncastle) - Canal Experience Narrowboat Hire, Burghfield Bridge, Burfield Road, RG30 - MAP - Canal Experience Narrowboat HireA small family-run business that prides itself on its personal touch: from the first time you come into contact with Canal Experience Narrowboat Hire, helping you through the booking process, meeting you and showing you the boat and instructing you how to handle it confidently, how to navigate the locks and swing bridges safely, and providing on-going support during your trip.


Devizes - Foxhanger Wharf, Lower Foxhanger, Devizes - 01380 828254


Trowbridge - UK Boat Hire (formally Alvechurch Waterway Holidays)
Hilperton Marina, Trowbridge, Wiltshire - View UK Boat Hire (Hilperton Marina) Boats Online Now


Bradford-on-Avon Marina, Trowbridge Road, Bradford-on-Avon - 01225 864562


Oxfordshire Narrowboats - Bradford-on-Avon - With narrowboats that sleep up to 10 pesons Oxfordshire Narrowboats Bradford-on-Avon hire fleet is immaculately maintained. Their top quality narrowboats, offers relaxed cruising along the Kennet and Avon Canal and beyond in the professionally finished easy to handle boats with airy interiors featuring oak and beech wood finishes, and in the personal service which makes this fleet so popular with experienced boaters and first-timers alike. View Oxfordshire Narrowboats (Bradford-on-Avon) Boats Online Now


Bradford-on-Avon

Moonraker Canalboats, Luxury widebeam canal boat holidays - Based At: The Barge Inn, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire - Medusa, Moonbeam and Moondance - Office Address: Moonraker Canalboats, 7 Lower East Hayes, London Road, Bath, BA1 6AN - Tel: 07973 876891 - Fax: 01225 333565 - Web: www.moonboats.co.uk - Email: enquiries@moonboats.co.uk

 

Sally Boats - The Marina, Bradford-on-Avon


Monkton Combe Anglo Welsh - Narrowboats that sleep between 2 and 8 at Anglo Welsh Monkton Combe - View Anglo Welsh (Monkton Combe) Boats Online Now


Bath - Bath Narrowboats, Sydney Wharf, Bath - 01225 447270 - Anglo Welsh Holiday Boats - Hire boats sleeping between 2 and 6 available - View Boats Online Now

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Cruiser Holiday Hire on the Kennet and Avon Canal


Kennet and Avon Canal Day Boat Hire

Sells Green Bridge (149) - Day Boat Hire, Scotts Wharf, Sells Green, Trowbridge - 01380 828200

Between Locks 15 and 16 - Electric Day Boat Hire - Tranquil Boats, Lock House, Semington, Trowbridge - 01380 870654

Bradford-on-Avon - Electric Day Boat Hire, Canoe / Cycle Hire - Lock Inn Cottage, Frome Road, Bradford-on-Avon - 01225 867187

The Bath and Dundas Canal Company, Brassknocker Basin, Monkton Coombe - 01225 722292

Between Cleveland House Tunnel and Sydney Wharf Bridge (188) - Skiffs, punts and canoes @ Bath Boating Station, Forester Road, Bathwick, Bath - 01225 312900

Bath - Bath Narrowboats, Sydney Wharf, Bath - 01225 447270 - Day boat hire

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Charter Boats That Cruise The Kennet and Avon Canal

Bradford-on-Avon - The Kennet and Avon Trust Boat 'Barbara McLelland' - available for day trips and day or evening charter.


Hotel Boats That Cruise The Kennet and Avon Canal

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Kennet and Avon Canal Trip Boats

Hungerford - "Rose of Hungerford" - Public and Charter Trips - The 55ft long 'Rose of Hungerford' was purpose-built for the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust along the lines of a traditional canal barge. Beautifully painted and decorated with roses and castles in the style of former working boats, the 'Rose of Hungerford' is based at the old and picturesque Canal Wharf, Hungerford. Times : 14.30 Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from April to end of October. Also Wednesdays during June, July, August and September and an additional 11.30 trip on Wednesdays in July and August and Saturdays and Sundays in August.

"Ashani Gold", Pewsey Wharf Canal Charters Limited - 01672 564 020

"Kenavon Venture" White Horse Boats, Devizes Wharf, Devizes - 01380 728504

Kennet and Avon Canal Trust's widebeam boat "M.V. Barbara McLellan"Wharf Cottage, Bradford on Avon - "M.V. Barbara McLellan" - Special Trips - Public Trips 28th March - 31st October : Charter Trips, Wharf Cottage, Bradford on Avon: Public Trips at Weekends, Public Holidays and Wednesday afternoons on the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust's widebeam boat. Special K&A Canal Trips such as Cream Teas, Bath Trip, Autumn Tints, Santa Trips, etc can be booked as advertised on the dates throughout the year. Charter Trips fully crewed trips can be booked for 1 – 8 hours.

MV "Jubilee" - Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, Dundas Aqueduct - Charter Trips
Public Trips April - October : Public trips on Sundays & Bank Holidays from mid April to October - 12.00 to 14.00 and 14.30 - 18.00.  - The 14.30 trip also runs on Tuesday during July and August / Charter trips, fully crewed, can be booked for anniversaries, parties, office outings, school trips and corporate team building events - 01749 850169

"Pride of Bath" - North Parade Bridge, Bath - 01225 331641


Kennet and Avon Canal Restaurant Boats

Bath - Bath Narrowboats, Sydney Wharf, Bath - 01225 447270 - NB "John Rennie"' 60' Restaurant boat

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Kennet and Avon Canalside Pubs and Restaurants

Blakes Lock (107) - west of lock - Fisherman's Cottage, Kennetside, Reading - 0118 957 1553

Blakes Lock (107) - east of lock - Jolly Anglers, Kennetside, Reading - 0118 926 7588

Blakes Lock (107) - Bel and The Dragon, off Kenavon Drive, Reading - 0118 951 5790

Bridge Street Bridge (2) - North of bridge - Horn, St Mary's Butts, Reading - 0118 957 4794

County Lock (106) - East of lock - Hook and Tackle, Parthia Close, Reading - 0118 950 0830

Bridge 14 - Bridge Cafe, Burghfield, Reading- 0118 939 4885

Bridge 14 - Cunning Man PH and Restaurant (Harvester), Burghfield, Reading- 0118 959 0771

Aldermaston - Hind's Head, Aldermaston - 0118 971 2194

Aldermaston Wharf - Butt Inn, Aldermaston Wharf, Aldermaston - 0118 971 2129

Woolhampton Swing Bridge - Row Barge Inn, Canalside, Station Road, Woolhampton - 0118 971 2213

Whitehouse Roving Bridge (53) - Narrow Boat, Riverside, Newbury - 01635 42614

Kintbury Bridge (75) - Dundas Arms, Canalside / Riverside, Kintbury - 01488 658263

Pewsey Bridge (114) - Waterfront, Pewsey Wharf, Marlborough Road, Pewsey - 01672 564020

Canalside close to Honey Street Bridge (124) - Historic PH - Barge Inn, Honey Street, Pewsey - 01672 851705

Horton Bridge (134) - Bridge Inn - 01380 860273

Devizes Town Bridge (141) - Wharfside Restaurant, The Wharf, Devizes - 01380 726051

Caen Hill Lock No.48 - Black Horse, Devizes - 01380 723930

Lock 19 - Barge Inn, Seend - 01380 828230

Widbrook Bridge (170) - Beehive, Widbrook Bridge, Bradford-on-Avon - 01225 863620

Bradford Lock (14) - Lock Inn Cottage, Frome Road, Bradford-on-Avon - 01225 868068

The Barge Inn, Bradford Wharf, Bradford-on-Avon - 01225 863403

Avoncliff Aqueduct (Canalside) - Cross Guns - 01225 862335

Limpley Stoke Bridge (17) - The Hop Pole, Limpley Stoke - 01225 723134

Somersetshire Coal Canal Arm Basin - The Viaduct Inn, Brassknocker Hill, Monkton Combe - 01225 723187

Somersetshire Coal Canal Arm Basin - Angelfish Cafe / Restaurant, Brassknocker Basin - 01225 723483

Bathampton Bridge (183) - Canalside - George Inn, Bathampton, Bath

Between Cleveland House Tunnel and Sydney Wharf Bridge (188) - Tea Garden and Restaurant @ Bath Boating Station, Forester Road, Bathwick, Bath - 01225 312900

Locksbrook Dolphin Bridge (206) - Dolphin, Locksbrook Road, Bath - 01225 445048

Bridge 208 - The Boathouse, Just west of New Bridge, Newbridge, Bath - 01225 482584

Saltford Marina, (Restaurant & Bar) The Shallows, Saltford, Bath - 01225 872226

County Bridge / Keynsham Lock - Lock Keeper, Keynsham Lock - 0117 986 2383

Above Hanham Lock (1) - Old Lock and Weir, Riverside, Hanham - 0117 967 3793

Above Hanham Lock (1) - Chequers, Riverside, Hanham - 0117 967 4242

 


Kennet and Avon Canalside (Riverside) Holiday Cottages


Kennet and Avon Canalside (Riverside) Holiday Caravan and Camp Sites

 

 

 


Tipi Experience - Teepee Hire

Tipi Experience - Teepee hireA unique camping adventure, a romantic setting for an evening, great fun for kids' parties, a special BBQ, original overnight accommodation, summer chill-out zone in the garden, or an amazing exhibition space? Be it in your garden, at a campsite, or at any other location of your choice, we aim to provide an unforgettable Tipi Experience, tailored to your requirements. We are based in Beenham, West Berkshire, between Reading and Newbury and can easily serve the surrounding areas: Hampshire, Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. We will happily travel further afield. Travel charges will vary according to location. Choose which tipi and accessories best suit your needs, complete and return the booking form, and we will do the rest.




Marinas on the Kennet and Avon Canal

Froud's Bridge Bridge Marina, Froud's Lane, Aldermaston - 0118 971 4508

Devizes Marina, Horton Avenue, Devizes - 01380 725300

Hilperton Marina, Trowbridge - 01225 765243

Bradford-on-Avon Marina, Trowbridge Road, Bradford-on-Avon - 01225 864562

Saltford Marina, (Restaurant & Bar) The Shallows, Saltford, Bath - 01225 872226

Port Avon Marina, Bitton Road, Keynsham - 0117 986 1626

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Places to visit and things to do or see on the Kennet and Avon Canal

Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre - Free of charge - Situated at Thatcham, Jubilee and Long Lakes, a flooded quarry accessed by footpath 300mtrs off the towpath above Widmead Lock (89).

Hamstead Marshall Park - Hamstead Bridge (68)

Denford Mill - Dunmill Lock Bridge (82)

International Crop Circle Centre - Canalside close to Honey Street Bridge (124) - Barge Inn, Honey Street, Pewsey - 01672 851705

Crofton Pumping Station between locks 60 and 59. The Crofton Pumping Station is fired up for around 18 days per year.

Devizes Museum

Caen Hill Lock Flight - Caen Hill Lock Flight of 29 locks - Downhill west of Devizes.

Devizes - The Kennet & Avon Canal Museum in Devizes, Wiltshire, England and has a range of exhibits about the conception, design, usage and eventual commercial decline of the Kennet and Avon Canal, as well as its subsequent restoration. Charges apply. The museum is located at Devizes Wharf, off Couch Lane, within easy walking distance of the centre of Devizes and the famous Caen Hill Flight of 29 locks. It is operated by the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust which also has its headquarters and a shop within the Canal Centre.

Summit of the Kennet and Avon Canal - Around 2.5 miles between 55 Crofton Top Lock through Bruce Tunnel to 54 (Wootton Top Lock) Cadley Lock.

Bradford-on-Avon Museum

The Tythe Barn; Workshops and Galleries - Bradford-on-Avon (BA15 1LF). A 14th century monastic stone barn managed by English Heritage - Open 10-.30 to 16.00 daily - Entrance FREE

Claverton Pumping Station - Ferry Lane, Claverton BA2 7BH. Completed in 1813 to raise water around 50 feet from the River Avon to the Kennet and Avon Canal above. Restored now by the KandA Trust / Bath University - Open between April and November: Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. Tel: 01225 483 001

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Chandlers on the Kennet and Avon Canal

Froud's Bridge Bridge Marina, Froud's Lane, Aldermaston - 0118 971 4508

Devizes Marina, Horton Avenue, Devizes - 01380 725300

The Boatyard Hilperton - For: Diesel, Calor Gas, Pump Out, Winter Coal - Situated on the Kennet and Avon Canal between the Caen Hill Flight at Devizes and Bradford-on-Avon, this small but friendly yard has a lot to offer. For help and advice please feel free to contact Tel: 01225 710 017 Re-engine, Gas Work, Maintenance, Repairs, Call-outs, Electrics, Chandlery, Fenders


Kennet and Avon Canal Boatyards

Reading Marine Company, Aldermaston Wharf, Padworth, Reading - 0118 971 3666

Froud's Bridge Bridge Marina, Froud's Lane, Aldermaston - 0118 971 4508

Newbury Boat Co., (Main Office) Greenham Lock Cottage, Newbury www.canalservices.com - 01635 42884 also at Greenham Island and Ham Lock

Gibson Boat Services, Old Builders Wharf, Honey Street - 01672 851 232

White Horse Boats, 8 Southgate Close, Pans Lane, Devizes - 01380 728504

Devizes Narrowboat Builders, Foxhanger Wharf, Rowde, Devizes - 01380 828848

Foxhanger Wharf, Lower Foxhanger, Devizes - 01380 828254

Between Locks 15 and 16 - Tranquil Boats, Lock House, Semington, Trowbridge - 01380 870654

The Boatyard Hilperton - For: Diesel, Calor Gas, Pump Out, Winter Coal - Situated on the Kennet and Avon Canal between the Caen Hill Flight at Devizes and Bradford-on-Avon, this small but friendly yard has a lot to offer. For help and advice please feel free to contact Tel: 01225 710 017 Re-engine, Gas Work, Maintenance, Repairs, Call-outs, Electrics, Chandlery, Fenders

Hilperton Marina, Trowbridge - 01225 765243

Saltford Marina & Boatyard, (Restaurant & Bar) The Shallows, Saltford, Bath - 01225 872226

Bristol Boats, (near Saltford Lock) Mead Lane, Saltford - 01225 872032

 


 

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