Cruising the Kennet and Avon Canal

21 February, 2014

Cruising the Kennet and Avon Canal to Devizes

We pass some beautiful scenery whilst travelling along the Kennet and Avon Canal.  This is a very rural and peaceful cruise with many locks.

We enter the canal off the River Thames at Reading where there are a variety of new developments, travelling past the Oracle shopping centre with its colourful flowers set on the bridges.  There is also a set of traffic lights through which we navigate.

Sheffield Lock on the Kennet and AvonThe canal wriggles its way through the outskirts of Reading and onto our overnight mooring at Burghfield where there is a very nice pub for those who wish to frequent.

The following day we set off through water meadows towards Aldermaston.  The railway is never far from us as it follows the canal. At Aldermaston Wharf there is a mechanically operated lift bridge and a Kennet and Avon Canal Trust visitor centre.  We moor up in the open countryside for our 2nd night, not far from Aldermaston

We then head towards Newbury, passing through some turf-sided locks which are quite different to the normal stone or brick locks. Along this canal there are many swing bridges, some mechanical, some manual. We pass through Woolhampton and Thatcham before reaching the outskirts of Newbury and our mooring.

White Horse on the Vale of PewseyWith new guests we continue our journey towards Devizes .  We have overnight moorings in rural settings or sometimes in a town.   We head through Kintbury and on to Hungerford for our next mooring where you will have a chance to have a wander around.

We then set off on a day when we are mostly out in the open going through many locks and swing bridges.  Look out for the pill boxes along the way.  One lock is unusual as it has a swing bridge over the lock.

The following day we head off to Crofton where you can visit the pumping station.  This is the oldest  working beam engine in the world still performing its original duties.  As before the railway is never far from us.

After Crofton we head west towards Devizes up 7 locks and then through the short Bruce Tunnel. So short you can see all the way through it. We continue our journey through Wooton Rivers and Pewsey with open countryside and plenty of agricultured land.

Along the route are various pubs and villages and the rolling hills can be seen to the North.  Look out for the white horses.  We then head through Bishops Cannings and begin our arrival at the outskirts of Devizes

 

 

 

 

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