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.


Kennet and Avon Canal - Newbury Lock 85 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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Westmill swingbridge 62, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Westmill Swingbridge
Kennet and Avon Canal - Enborne Bridge 64
Emborne Bridge 64
Kennet and Avon Canal - Guyers Lock 84
Guyers Lock
Kennet and Avon Canal - Higgs Lock 83
Higgs Lock
Kennet and Avon Canal - Pickletimber railwaybridge
Pickletimber Bridge
Kennet and Avon Canal - Denham Bridge 66
Denham Bridge 66
Kennet and Avon Canal and Denham Lock 82
Denham Lock
Denham Bridge 66, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Denham Bridge
River Kennet weirs
River Kennet Weirs
River Kennet weirs, Kennet and Avon Canal.
River Kennet weirs
Hamstead Bridge 68, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Hamstead Bridge
Hamstead Lock 81, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Hamstead Lock 81
Copse Lock 80, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Copse Lock
Dreweats Bridge 71, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Dreweats Bridge
Dreweats Lock sluice, Kennet and Avon Canal.
sluice Dreweats Lock
Dreweats Lock 79, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Dreweats Lock
Shepherds Bridge 73, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Shepherds Bridge
Horse towing a barge - how it used to be on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
A horse drawn barge
Kintbury Lock 78, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Kintbury Lock
Vicarage Bridge 76, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Vicarage Bridge
Large vicarage at Kintbury beside the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Vicarage at Kintbury
Orchard Meadows Bridge 78, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Orchard Meadows
Bridge
Brunsden Lock Bridge 79, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Brunsden Lock Bridge
Brunsden Lock 77, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Brunsden Lock
Brunsden railway bridge 80, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Railwaybridge
Wire Lock Bridge 81, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Wire Lock Bridge
Wire Lock 76, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Wire Lock
The River Kennet at Dunmill
River Kennet Dunmill
Dunmill Lock Bridge 82, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Dunmill Lock Bridge
Denford Mill, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Denford Mill
Dunmill Lock 75, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Dunmill lock
Station Roadbridge 83, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Station roadbridge
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 84, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Hungerford Town Bridge
Hungerford Lock gates 74, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Lockgates lock74
Hungerford Lock 74, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Hungerford Lock 74
Hungerford Lock 74, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Hungerford Lock
Hungerford Church swing bridge 85, Kennet and Avon Canal.
swingbridge Hungerford
Hungerford - St. Lawrence's Church beside the Kennet and Avon Canal.
St Lawrences Church Hungerford
Hungerford Marsh swing bridge and Lock 73, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Hungerford Marsh swingbridge and Lock
Cobblers Lock 72, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Cobblers Lock
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