Newbury to Hungerford on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
This nine or so miles stretch of the Kennet and Avon Canal is if anything even more beautiful for it's lush undergrowth than the Reading stretch.
Quite often the canal is lined by 6 or 7 foot high reeds, many wildflowers and gorgeous trees.
The one thing to be aware of along the route is that if the weather has been wet the towpath can be extremely muddy and their are one or two mini-collapses
and holes for cyclists in particular to be wary of. There are quite a few picturesque canal locks along the way and the canal's bridges have changed mostly from lift bridges and swing bridges to fully arched brick bridges.
Quite often every time a
canal lock appears then there is a bridge alongside it - and for anyone wandering or cycling along the towpath there are one or two wooden benches at most of these Kennet and Avon Canal locks which is just right for a picnic or drinks break.
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Emborne Bridge 64
Denham Bridge 66
River Kennet Weirs
River Kennet weirs
Hamstead Lock 81
sluice Dreweats Lock
A horse drawn barge
Vicarage at Kintbury
Brunsden Lock Bridge
Wire Lock Bridge
River Kennet Dunmill
Dunmill Lock Bridge
A railway line mostly follows the route of the Kennet and Avon Canal and so it is possible to use the railway for travelling one way by train and then walking back. The railway car park at
Hungerford is currently free for rail users (but this should be checked up to date as things change) and there is also another large (council pay and display but free on Sundays at the moment) car park on the other side of the road by the station. Hungerford's St. Lawrence Church lies amongst some beautiful trees just a few
yards away from canal swing bridge no.85. Beside the swingbridge itself there are a couple of conveniently placed bench seats so it's a really nice area to sit and watch very little happening for a while. Hungerford Town is a market town - it's just a few minutes stroll away and has lots of pubs and restaurants. If going off for a short ride on a canal barge sounds like a good idea these trips can be
taken from just by Hungerford's main bridge (84).
Hungerford Town Bridge
Hungerford Lock 74
St Lawrences Church Hungerford
Hungerford Marsh swingbridge and Lock
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