The Kennet and Avon Canal - the section from Reading to Garston Turf Lock.

Generally about walking along The Kennet and Avon Canal towpath between Reading, Aldermaston and Newbury.

The towpath along this part of the canal is in very good condition both for cyclists and for walkers and the countryside walked through is really beautiful. Although this 23 mile stretch of the canal is not too much of a trip for cyclists it is a considerable trek to walk in one go.
Fortunately the canal is accompanied by a railway line but sadly the once free parking at Aldermaston Station has been changed. On weekends one side of the station is a usually empty pay and display and the other empty side allows parking by permit only - all run by a greedy pigs setup called APCOA which is a yankee company run out of Germany for goodness sake!. Anyway the trip along the canal can be broken in two with one railway ride from Aldermaston to Reading (and then walking back) and walking the other half of this part of the canal can be achieved by taking the railway to Newbury and walking back from there. Quite a few trains do run on Saturdays and somewhat less do the trip on Sundays but up to date times need to be checked on the First Great Western website or National Rail site.
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Reading Bridge crossing The Thames.
Bridge over The Thames Reading
Junction Bridge River Thames, Reading, Berkshire
Thames and Kennet Jcn
Pipe and railway bridge by the Thames at Reading
The Thames
at Reading
A Reading railway bridge
Railway bridge
in Reading
Beautifully bricked Reading railway bridge
GWR bridge at Reading
Blakes Lock 107
Blakes Lock 107
Blakes Lock 107 lock-gates
Lock gates Blakes Lock
Kennet and Avon Canal - Weir and canal buildings
buildings + weir Reading
Start of the Kennet and Avon Canal
Start of the Kennet Navigation
Kennet and Avon Canal - London Street Bridge
London Street Bridge
Kennet and Avon Canal - County Lock 106
County Lock
Kennet and Avon Canal - Berkeley Avenue Bridge 5
Verjeket Avenue Bridge
Fobney Lock area
Fobney Lock area
Kennet and Avon Canal - Waterworks Fobney Lock
Waterworks nr Fobney Lock
Fobney Lock 105
Fobney Lock 105
Kennet and Avon Canal - Fobney weirs
Weirs at Fobeny Lock
Railwaybridge 11, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Railway Bridge 11
Kennet and Avon Canal - footbridge by Milkmaids Bridge
Foot bridge
Milkmaids Bridge 10, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Milk Maids Bridge
Kennet and Avon Canal - Southcot Lock 104
Southcot Lock 104
Burghfield marina entrance, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Burghfield marina entrance
Kennet and Avon Canal - Burghfield Bridge 14
Burghfield Bridge 14
Burghfield Bridge 14, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Burghfield Bridge
Swans Bridge 15, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Swan's Bridge
Kennet and Avon Canal - Burghfield Lock 103
Burghfield Lock
Kennet and Avon Canal - Hissies Bridge 17
Hissie's Bridge
Kennet and Avon Canal - Garston Turf Lock 102
Garston Turf Lock
Garston Turf Sided Lock 102, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Garston Turf lock

Locks and rare turf sided locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

The river navigation's first locks were turf sided locks - i.e. the lock chamber's were lined from above the low water level with turf sloping out at 45 degrees - below low water level the sides were planked vertically. These turf locks used a huge amount of water but The River Kennet could usually easily provide this - however most of these turf sided canal locks were eventually changed into brick and wooden planked vertical locks. Fortunately two of the Kennet and Avon Canal turf sided locks have been preserved and can be seen at Garston Lock and at Monkey Marsh Lock.
Kennet and Avon Canal - Garston Lock Pillbox
Protected pillbox
beside Garston Lock
Kennet and Avon Canal - Garston Turf-sided Lock
One of a few remaining turf sided locks - Garston Lock

Garston turf-sided Lock is a particularly good example of a canal turf lock.

Garston Turf-sided Lock is totally surrounded by trees, wildflowers, reeds and so on. Also at Garston turf lock there are two World War 2 pillboxes (which are now under preservation) and both of which fit in beautifully with the immediate area.
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