The Kennet & Avon Canal is 86 miles long, has 105 locks, and allows through passage from the Thames at Reading to the River Avon at Bristol.
Part 1 covers the Eastern section from Reading and makes its way up the river Kennet through medieval Newbury, to Hungerford. It then climbs up the Kennet & Avon canal towards the summit in the beautiful Savernake forest. At Crofton, we visit the amazing steam pumping engine which has been replenishing the summit level since the canal was opened in Napoleonic times. (Run Length 57 mins)
Part 2 continues the journey from the summit through Wiltshire and into the County of Avon, the rich arable countryside providing marvellous backdrops throughout the navigation’s course.
The tremendous Caen Hill flight in Devizes was the focal point for the official re-opening of the canal by HM The Queen, who, in 1990 navigated through lock 43 at the summit. The flight with its straight 16 locks is an impressive feature and one that shouldn’t be missed by any enthusiast. Afterwards, enjoy the tranquil descent of the Avon valley and the marvellous Georgian city of Bath; experience the impressive Avoncliffe Aqueduct with its neo-classical design. But the programme doesn’t stop there as we continue along the unpredictable section of the tidal river and into Bristol itself to record the once-thriving docks. (Run Length 57 mins)
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