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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.

Famous as one of the UK’s top ten retail destinations the heart of Reading offers much more than superb shopping (although that is a serious plus point).
For instance, The Forbury Gardens, a nationally acclaimed Victorian formal garden, is the town’s floral heart, leading you beautifully to the ruins of Reading Abbey, ancient monument and burial place of a King of England.
Wander through the ruins to the Kennet and Avon Canal, strolling past Reading Gaol and the Oscar Wilde gates. There is so much to intrigue and inspire, you’ll want to walk the canal, past the sites of Reading’s industrial past. Find yourself at Blake’s Lock, in the shadow of luxury apartments. Explore the Riverside Museum and relax on a barge moored outside a restaurant that started life as a Victorian pumping station.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 3 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 4.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 12.50 hours

Total Distance : 19.00 miles

Number of Locks : 20

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1
From the marina cruise East, Padworth Lock will soon be reached.
The canal heads North East, constantly joining and re-joining the River Kennet. Beyond Tyle Mill
are a series of gravel pits offering a wildlife haven, the canal continues through wooded fields past the village of Sulhamstead. The nature reserves of Cumber lake to the North and Woolwich Green lake to the south can be reached by a short walk from Sulhamstead Lock. There is a swing bridge at Theale, the village is ¾ mile to the north, there are a few pubs, stores, garage, and a chemist and a bank in the quiet village.
It is just under 3 hours to here, and an ideal place to stop for your 1st night.

Day 2
The peace of the surroundings is momentarily interrupted as you go under the M4 motorway, but on the outskirts of Reading the water filled nature reserve gravel pits bring a degree of serenity.

The River cuts through the middle of the town and so access to all facilities is easy, but the River is
through a narrow channel & fast flowing, so care is needed, there are traffic lights controlling this section. Reading is a large town with lots of shops and pubs. Visit the website for what to see & do:
The Museum of English Rural life, also Reading Museum, & 12th century Abbey ruins. There are 2 big shopping centres, the Oracle and Broad St Mall, which includes big High Street names, and independent shops.

The River museum is by Blakes Lock, housed in the city's old sewerage pumping station, displays include a gipsy caravan. The old turbine house has lovely views over the River.

The centre of Reading is within easy reach of the canal, for those who enjoy cosmopolitan pursuits, high end dining and large shopping centres, there is plenty to do here. There are quieter areas of the city at the abbey ruins or Forbury Gardens as well as quieter side streets with family run shops and restaurants with more traditional dining and ales.

For stag & hen parties -The day time activities in and near to the town range from Wildcat Hovercrafts at White Waltham or to Paintballing.
Why not visit the Museum of Berkshire Aviation and don't forget there is Premier League football on offer at the Madejski Stadium. Book your weekend to coincide with the world famous Reading Festival where previous acts have included Pulp, The Cure, Kaiser Chiefs and Muse.
It is 3.5 hours to here, there are moorings on the Reading Jail Loop.

Day 3
Day 4
It is just over 6 hours back to Aldermaston from here.


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).

Maps and Guides

Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

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