#14. Devizes to Newbury, 5 nights

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A relaxing and scenic cruise through Town and Country. Although this is a canal route, the Kennet & Avon can be quite fast flowing, partly being a river navigation.

From our mooring in Devizes, we slip through a long wooded cutting, spanned by several elegant stone bridges and enter the more remote landscape of the Wiltshire Wolds.

Wharf at Pewsey

Pewsey Wharf

Passing by the Cannings villages, we will see the field terracing of Pickled Hill, a relic of Celtic and medieval cultivation. In less than an hour further we reach Pewsey Wharf, followed by the Vale of Pewsey and Wootton Rivers, a charming village with timber framed thatched houses and its church with letters instead of numbers. A close inspection of its mechanism shows it is assembled from a collection of old agricultural implements. We have just travelled 15 lock-free miles, so are ready for a bit of work!

Beyond the 502 yards of the Burbage Tunnel is the pumping station at Crofton, which houses the oldest working beam engine in the world, still performing its original duties on selected open days.

Hungerford Swing Bridge

Church Swing Bridge at Hungerford

Further on, woodland accompanies the canal to Froxfield and then Hungerford. Fortunately, we will miss the annual Hocktide Ceremony, which takes place on the 2nd Tuesday after Easter. This medieval ceremony concludes when “all new commoners are shod by having a nail driven through their toes.”   That’s nice  !!

After escaping the shodding, half a day’s cruising brings us to Kintbury, a quiet and pretty village .  We continue to our journeys end in Newbury There is an extensive wharf area and park in the centre of the town. The canal cuts right through the town. This area was originally the terminus of the Kennet Navigation from Reading.

We have cruised 33 miles and encountered 18 locks and 4 swing bridges – scenic and relaxing with enough opportunities to help if you wish.

Depending on local conditions as we cruise, we hope to find time to visit some of the places on our route. We can discuss what is possible (or not) “on the day”. The only real constraints are reaching locations for overnight moor¡ng and arrival at our final destination on time.

Join us on Kailani at 2pm and we set off cruising at 3pm. Departure on your last day will be at 10am.

The closest railway stations are at Pewsey for Devizes and Newbury. A taxi will be needed from Pewsey Station to Devizes Wharf. We suggest suggest Devizes Taxis tel 01380 723129, fare approx. £30.

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Hotel Boat Kailani