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The following information will help you plan your holiday route.

From the table below work out the approximate time it will take to travel distances whilst cruising the canal at a leisurely pace and negotiating locks.  To do this add the number of locks to the number of  miles and divide by three, this will give the time it will take to travel this length of canal.

Example: from Foxhanger Wharf to the Barge Inn below Seend lock no.19 is 3 miles plus 3  locks which is 6.  Divide the total of 6 by 3 and this leaves you with the answer of 2 hours travelling.

Please note: this is a form of roughly estimating travelling time along the canal, exclude the 29 Devizes flight locks from all calculations due to the density of locks in such a short distance, these locks should normally take between 4 and 6 hours to negotiate depending on experience and the amount of crew.

Eastern Route or Western Route

When planning your route bear in mind the need for the following:

A winding hole to turn the boat around at

A watering point to refill the boats internal water tank normally every 2 days

Refuse disposal as storage space for unwanted waste is limited on a boat

A pump-out service to empty the toilet waste normally required for cruises longer than 1 week

The River Avon below between Bath and Bristol is quite often in flood in spring and autumn


Kennet & Avon canal route planner west of Foxhangers (click on any picture for a larger image)
Area of K&A
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Details of Area
  Number of
miles from
Foxhangers
  Number of
Locks from
Foxhangers
Hints and tips
Foxhanger Wharf
Foxhangers Canal
Holidays base, winding
Hole, pump-out, refuse
disposal
0
0
Your starting point
Martinslade Bridge
A365 road bridge
0.5
0
 
Scotts Wharf Bridge
Three Magpies pub,
water and refuse
disposal
1
0
Popular pub for first
night
Rusty Lane Swing
Bridge
Winding Hole
1.2
0
20 Minute walk to village
shop in Seend
Seend Top Lock No 21
Seend flight of 5 locks,
winding hole above lock
19
2.4
1
Popular pub for first and
last night
Seend Lock No 22
62ft Winding Hole
2.5
2
Last winding hole before
Semington, ideal turning
spot for visiting the
Barge Inn and heading
back to Foxhangers and
or the Caen Hill locks.
Barge Inn below Seend
lock no 19
The Barge Inn below
lock 19 and Brewery
Inn 1/4 mile south of
lock 19
3
3
Again, very popular pub,
excellent food
Semington Top Lock
No 16
Somerset Arms pub 1/4
mile south of lock 15
4.9
5
Cosy pub with good
menu
Semington Bottom Lock
No 15
Wilts and Berks Canal
junction, winding hole
below lock 15
5
6
 
Semington Swing
Bridge
Winding hole before
swing bridge 5
6
7
 
Hilperton Bridge
(B3105)
 
Hilperton Wharf, water,
pump-out, complete
marina services, Kings
Arms pub
7.5
7
 
Widbrook Bridge (A363)
 
Bradford on Avon
Marina, water, pump-
out, complete services
and restaurant
9.4
7
 
Bradford-on-Avon Lock
No 14
Water & refuse
disposal, Lock Inn
Cottage Licensed
canalside café
10
7
Canoes and bikes for
hire plus a trip boat
Avoncliffe Aqueduct
Cross Guns pub,
winding hole
11.5
8
Stop and explore !
Limpley Stoke Road
Bridge
Hop Pole Inn1/4 mile
south-west off B3108
road bridge
13.5
8
Dramatic scenery, worth
exploring
Dundas Aqueduct
Junction with the
Somerset Coal Canal,
Water & refuse
disposal, Winding Hole
and Viaduct Hotel
14.5
8
S.C.C. visitor centre;
and view aqueduct from
river Avon.
Claverton Pumping
Station
Open to public most
Sundays from Easter to
October
15.8
8
Unique 18th century
engineering
Bathampton Bridge
George Inn pub, water,
refuse disposal and
winding hole
17.5
8
Catch a ferry into Bath
on the parallel R. Avon
Sydney Gardens
 
Two short tunnel-
bridges in "fashionable
Bath"
18.5
8
A short walk to city
centre through
landscaped gardens
Sydney Wharf Bridge
 
Water, pump-out and
Winding hole
19
8
 
Bath Top Lock No 13
 
Bath flight of 6 locks
No. 7 to 13. Open from
8am and to be clear by
6pm in summer and
8am to clear by 3.30pm
in winter
19.1
8
A very helpful lock
keeper is normally in
attendance, take his
advice before navigating
the River Avon
Lock 12
 
Below lock 12 water,
refuse disposal and
winding hole
19.3
9
 
Lock 8 & 9
Locks 8 and 9 have
been combined into a
single deep lock
19.6
12
 
Bath Bottom Lock No 7
 
Junction with the River
Avon Section
19.7
13
Turn right and head
upstream for Pulteney
Weir and Bath Abbey
Pulteney Weir and Bath
Abbey
Overnight river
moorings upstream
from canal entrance
19.9
14
Good moorings for
access to the heart of
Bath
Broad Key
 
Overnight river
moorings down stream
from canal entrance
19.9
14
Convenient moorings to
southern part of City
Weston Lock No 6
 
Dolphin Inn Pub
22.2
14
 
Bath Marina
 
Water, pump-out,
Caravan park and
Boathouse restaurant
22.7
15
 
Kelston Lock No 5
 
Saltford Marina
complete services and
restaurant
25.2
15
Chargeable overnight
moorings.
Saltford Lock No 4
 
Jolly Sailor Pub
26
16
 
Swineford Lock No 3
 
Water, pump-out and
Winding hole
26.7
17
 
Keynsham Lock No 2
 
A4175 road bridge
29
18
 
Hanham Lock No 1
Junction with Bristol
Avon, Chequers Inn
and Old Lock & Weir
pub
31
19
Moorings for patrons
Netham Lock No 1
 
Netham Lock generally
has its gates open to
feed the City Docks
locks and graving
docks. It is generally
only used against
floods and tides that
exceed the crest of
Netham Dam
34.5
20
Be prepared to pay
modest fee to enter
Bristol docks
Cumberland Basin
Bristol floating harbour,
SS Great Britain and
the Mathew, maritime
heritage centre
37.5
21
Moorings available in
floating harbour or near
"Watershed"
  Area of K&A
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Details of Area
Miles from
Foxhangers
  No. of Locks
from
Foxhangers
Hints and tips
Foxhanger Wharf
Foxhangers Canal
Holidays base, winding
Hole, pump-out, refuse
disposal
0
0
Your starting point
Devizes Bottom Lock
No 22
Devizes flight of 29
locks, No. 22 to 50
0.1
1
If you don't navigate it
at least walk it !
Caen Hill central
staircase lock 28
Open from 8am and to
be clear by 8pm in
summer and 8am to
clear by 3.30pm in
winter, overnight
moorings and winding
hole above lock 28
0.7
7
A 15 min.walk to the
foot of Caen Hil, It’s a
must see and will take
your breath away.
Caen Hill central
staircase lock 44
Tea rooms, overnight
moorings, water,
pump-out, refuse
disposal and winding
hole above lock 44
1.3
23
Have rest after 23 of
the 29 locks
Prison Bridge lock 47
 
Black Horse pub
1.5
26
 
Devizes Wharf
Water, refuse disposal,
winding hole and
overnight moorings
2.1
29
Last canalside shopping
before Hungerford
Horton Bridge
The Bridge Inn, winding
hole
6
29
 
Honey Street Wharf
Barge Inn, water,
refuse disposal and
winding hole
10
29
The 'Mecca' for crop
circle enthusiasts
Pewsey Wharf
Canalside café and
French Horn Pub,
water, pump-out,
refuse disposal, winding
hole
14
29
Small town a short walk
from the canal
Wootton Bottom Lock
No 51
Wootton Rivers flight of
4 locks, Royal Oak Pub,
water, refuse disposal
and winding hole 0.3
mile before lock
17
29
Approaching the summit
of the Kennet & Avon
canal its all down hill
from here !
Heathy Close Lock No
52
Heathy Close Bridge
7.5
30
 
Cadley Lock No 54
 
Start of short summit
pound of K&A
18.3
32
 
Burbage Wharf Bridge
 
Winding hole
18.4
33
 
Savernake Tunnel
(Bruce Tunnel)
 
0.2 mile long
19.2
33
Let the cabin lights
shine on the walls of
the tunnel so you keep
your bearings
Crofton Top Lock
No 55
 
The Crofton flight No.
55 to 63, 9 locks,
winding hole
20.3
33
 
Crofton Lock No 60
 
Crofton Pumping
Station, water, refuse
disposal and winding
hole
21.2
38
Oldest steam pumps in
the country in working
order
Great Bedwyn Bridge
 
Water, pump-out,
refuse disposal and
winding hole Cross
Keys and Three Tuns
Pubs
22.2
43
Small railway station
ideal for excursions or
picking up friends
Little Bedwyn Lock
No 67
 
Little Bedwyn Bridge,
village and Harrow Inn
24.1
25
 
Oakfield Down Lock
No 68
 
Winding hole
25
46
 
Froxfield Bottom Lock
No 70
 
Winding hole and
Pelican Inn
25.4
48
 
Hungerford Marsh Lock
No 73
 
Swing bridge over lock.
27.3
51
Remember to open the
bridge before entering
lock
 
Hungerford Town
Centre
Water, pump-out,
refuse disposal, winding
hole and overnight
moorings
27.9
53
Convenient for
shopping and noted for
its Antique Shops
Dunn Mill Lock No 75
 
Winding hole
28.4
53
 
Kintbury Lock No 78
 
Water, pump-out,
refuse disposal, winding
hole, Dundas Arms and
Village
30.9
56
 
Drewitts Lock No 79
 
Winding Hole
32.5
57
 
Copse Lock No 80
 
River Kennet enters
canal for first time
33
58
Start to become aware
of river influences
Hamstead Lock No 81
 
River Kennet exits
canal for first time and
winding hole
33.4
59
 
Newbury Lock No 85
Newbury Wharf and
end of Kennet and
Avon Canal Section,
winding hole, pump-out
and water
36.9
63
A good sized town with
a broad range of
shopping
Monkey Marsh Lock
No 90
Thatcham rail station
200 yards east and
Swann Inn
39.9
68
A step back in time to
see a lock in its earliest
form
Midgham Lock No 92
 
Winding Hole
41.6
70
 
Woolhampton Mill Lock
No 94
 
Woolhampton Village
200 yards north.
43.4
72
The weir below the lock
and a shoal extending
across the river from it
make navigation tricky
at this point
Aldermaston Lock
No 95
Aldermaston swing
bridge below the lock is
electrically operated by
boaters and spans a
busy road, water,
pump-out, refuse
disposal, winding hole
and Butt Inn
45.1
73
Have a look around the
visitor centre at
Aldermaston wharf
Ufton Swing Bridge
 
Site of the disused
Ufton Lock No 98 and
winding hole
46.6
76
 
Sulhampstead Lock
No 100
 
Winding hole
48.4
77
 
Burghfield Village Road
Bridge
 
Water, pump-out,
refuse disposal and
winding hole
51.9
81
 
County Lock
The end of the River
Kennet Section
55.4
83
Concaved lock walls
Blakes Lock 107
Last lock before
entering River Thames
55.6
83
Allow 2 weeks to get
here from base and
back
Junction with Thames
at Reading
55.9
84
Your absolute limit of
navigation
 
 
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Kennet & Avon canal route planner east of Foxhangers (click on any picture for a larger image)
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