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Aldermaston Wharf.

Aldermaston Wharf



Aldermaston wharf is close to the railway station with good connections to Paddington in London, taking 55 minutes from London Paddington , or 13 minutes from Reading railway station.

At Aldermaston Wharf is the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust Visitor centre, with a picnic area, and serving light refreshments from Easter -Oct. There is also the Butt Inn pub at Aldermaston Wharf, serving real ales and excellent food for all the family.

Cruise to the lovely town of Newbury which developed in the Middle Ages as an important cloth town, and the town has managed to retain much of its period charm.

Cruise to Kintbury in the heart of the Berkshire countryside.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 4 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 4.00 to 5.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 19.50 hours

Total Distance : 30.00 miles

Number of Locks : 34

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

Turning out of the marina westwards, you will immediately encounter a lift bridge which is electrically operated by canalboaters, and which spans a busy road. Follow the instructions by the bridge. You will then have your first lock, once through here you will see a disused gravel pit, some a haven for wildlife since the 1960's.

The scenery is very rural until you reach Thatcham, when you get to Woolhampton be careful of the current below the lock which can cause problems.
Woolhampton village is 200 yards north of the canal, there is a pub canalside, or a couple in the village, it is an hours cruising from Aldermaston to here, and makes an ideal place to stop for your 1st night.

Day 2

Passing Woolhampton you pass through 3 locks in this rural landscape until you reach the raipdly expanding village of Thatcham, which is now almost a suburb of Newbury. There is a railway station close to the canal near bridge 42. There are various pubs and restaurants in Thatcham access is from bridge 42, and a Nature Discovery centre north of Widmead Lock with shop and cafe.

It is 3.25 hours from Aldermaston to here.

You soon pass Newbury racecourse on your left. Concerts are also hosted here.

The River cuts right through the town and above Newbury Lock is the delightful quiet West Mills area where rows of terraced houses face the navigation and there are extensive moorings. Beware of the current below Newbury lock. It is 5 hours from Woolhampton to here.
Victoria Bridge 59 is handy for getting to Newbury to the north, or the racecourse to the south.

Newbury developed in the Middle Ages as an important cloth town, and the town has managed to retain much of its period charm. The District Museum is one of the most interesting buildings in Newbury built in 1626 as a cloth weaving workshop. The town centre has many shops, pubs and restaurants to choose from. A short bus or taxi ride away is the Living rainforest, which gives you the opportunity to experience rainforest life under glass.

The Newbury area has a wealth of great days out for all the family to enjoy. Experience fun times for families at Beale Park, Bucklebury Farm Park and Krazy Klub Activity Centre. Feel history brought alive at Basildon Park, Shaw House and Highclere Castle. Be entertained at one of three theatres in and around the town or watch the latest movies at the seven screen cinema in the town centre.

The area offers superb fishing on the River Kennet, inspiring walks across the Berkshire Downs or relaxing trips on the Kennet and Avon Canal. At no cost at all you can explore Donnington Castle, Greenham Common and Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre.

Day 3

The canal soon leaves Newbury behind, and once more enters the rural Berkshire landscape on its journey to Kintbury which is just a small village to the south of the canal up on the hill. It is a quiet village with a station, and attractive buildings by the canal, including a watermill and a canalside pub. You can turn the boat around just after bridge 76 or before bridge 75 if you want to avoid the lock. There are also 2 pubs in the village, and stores.

Cruise back to Newbury or moor up in the countryside just before Newbury.

It is 9 hours cruising to Kintbury & then back to Newbury.

Day 4
Day 5
It is 6 hours back to Aldermaston.


NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.


The following boats operate on this route (subject to availability)

Arctic Warbler (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Crowned Eagle (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Green Woodpecker (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Hawk Owl (Sleeps a maximum of 10 People).

Little Bunting (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Meadow Lark (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Ross's Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Rustic Bunting (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Shore Lark (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Syrian Woodpecker (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Trumpeter Swan (Sleeps a maximum of 12 People).

Turtle Dove (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Veery Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Village Weaver (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Ambonia King (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Gorgeous Grace (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Happy Wanderer (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Ambonia King (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Gorgeous Grace (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Happy Wanderer (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

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