The Kennet and Avon Canal - Aldermaston Area.

The canal goes through beautiful and quite remote English Countryside on it's way to Newbury.

This stretch of the canal offers really nice walking - with several locks and swingbridges to look at on the way. Notable of course is the very rare Monkey Marsh Turf-Sided Lock - the Kennet and Avon actually has two of these type of locks - the other being a little further along the towpath.
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Kennet and Avon Canal - Sheffield Lock 101
Sheffield Lock
Theale swingbridge 19, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Theale swing bridge
Sulhamstead Lock 100, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Sulhamstead Lock
Kennet and Avon Canal - Sulhamstead swingbridge 21
Sulhamstead swingbridge
Kennet and Avon Canal - Sulhamstead weir
Sulhamstead weirs
Tile Mill swingbridge 23, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Tile Mill swing bridge
Kennet and Avon Canal - Tile Mill Lock 99
Tile Mill Lock
Kennet and Avon Canal - Ufton bridge
Ufton Bridge
Ufton Lock 98, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Ufton Lock
Towney Bridge 26, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Towney bridge
Kennet and Avon Canal - Towney Lock 97
Towney Lock
Padworth swingbridge 27, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Padworth swingbridge

Aldermaston Lock and Lift Bridge.

The photos below show (hopefully) a nice view of the somewhat unusual curved edges on the sides of Aldermaston's Lock 95. The photos also shows the very weeded up lock-gates - these have actually now been replaced/renovated as of January 2015. Another perhaps quite unusual thing at the lock is the bridge over the canal - this is a very strong looking but narrow lift-bridge which carries the busy A340 Basingstoke road across the canal (controlled by traffic lights).
Kennet and Avon Canal - Padworth Lock 96
Padworth Lock
The small Visitor Centre at Aldermaston, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Aldermaston Visitor Centre
Kennet and Avon Canal - Aldermaston liftbridge 28
Liftbridge at Aldermaston
Aldermaston Wharf liftbridge 28, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Aldermaston Wharf's liftbridge
Kennet and Avon Canal - Aldermaston Lock 95
Lock 95
Bridge 28a, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Bridge 28a
Wickham Knight footbridge 30, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Wickham Knight footbridge
Kennet and Avon Canal - Woolhampton pillbox
Preserved WW2 pillbox
Woolhampton swingbridge 31, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Swing Bridge 31
Kennet and Avon Canal - Old Woolhampton Lock 94
Wollhampton Lock 94
Kennet and Avon Canal - Oxlease swingbridge 33
Oxlease swing bridge
Old Heales Lock 93, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Lock 93 Old Heales
Cranwells swingbridge 35, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Cranwell swingbridge
Kennet and Avon Canal - Midgham Lock 92
Midgham Lock
Kennet and Avon Canal - Gardners Bridge 39
Gardners Bridge
Colthrop Lock 91, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Colthrop Lock

Monkey Marsh turf-sided lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Located on the southern edge of Thatcham, The Kennet and Avon Canal has a second example of a rare turf-sided Lock i.e. Monkey Marsh turf lock 90. Built under the supervision of navigation engineer John Hore around the 1720s this lock has been sort of cleaned up a little compared to Garston's turf lock but is still a good example of such locks. Monkey Marsh turf lock is important enough to be listed as an ancient moument by English Heritage so hopefully it's care-takers - namely British Waterways - will not try and destroy it by replacing it for something modern.
River Kennet at Thatcham, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Thatcham, The Kennet
Kennet and Avon Canal - Monkey Marsh Turf Lock
Monkey Marsh turf lock
Monkey Marsh Turf-sided Lock 90, Kennet and Avon Canal.
lock at Monkey Marsh
Kennet and Avon Canal - Monkey Marsh Turf Lock 90
Monkey Marsh Turf Lock 90
Kennet and Avon Canal - Westmead Lock 89
Westmead Lock
Approaching Bulls Lock (pre-refurbishment) - Kennet and Avon Canal.
Bulls Lock
Kennet and Avon Canal - Railway bridge 45 beside Bulls Lock 88
Bull's Lock
Kennet and Avon Canal - Bulls swingbridge 48
Bull's Swingbridge
Kennet and Avon Canal - Ham Lock 87
Ham Lock
Whitehouse Roving Bridge 53
Bridge 53
Kennet and Avon Canal - Greenham Lock 86
Greenham Lock
Kennet and Avon Canal - Newbury Bridge 60
Newbury Bridge
Newbury and it's Church of St Nicholas
St. Nicholas's Church
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