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CROFTON BEAM ENGINES

Industrial heritage

Visit the oldest working steam engines in the world at Crofton - the highest point on the Kennet and Avon Canal. These 200 year old steam engines provide a facinating insight into the industrial heritage of the canal pumping system. You'll also find a Cafe here, making this a brilliant location to moor up during your canal holiday for a day out exploring a unique, historically important attraction.

WILTON WINDMILL

Fantastic day out

Built in 1821, Wilton windmill stands proud on the North Wessex Downs, overlooking the beautiful landscape of Wilton, surrounding feilds and woodland. The windmill is still in operation and produces wholemeal flour that you can purchase during your visit to take back to your boat!

Crop circles

The weird and the wonderful

For many years Honeystreet has been a world famous location to spot crop circle formations. If you're planning a holiday in the early part of the summer then you're in for a good chance of seeing one! The Barge Inn pub at Honeystreet is known as the 'Crop Circle HQ' - it's worth a visit for a pint of Croppie! - a local Honeystreet Ale.

Real or fake? Come and find out for yourself! 

CAEN HILL

spectacular engineering

Known as one of the 'seven wonders of the waterway' Caen Hill Flight is a marvel of canal engineering - comprising of 26 locks in total, with the main flight consisting of 16 and taking between 2 - 5 hours to navigate. Other highlights of the navigation include the Avoncliff and Dundas Aqueducts, which can be found when cruising West towards Bath.

Claverton Pumping Station

Georgian Engineering

 

Claverton Pumping Station began pumping water from the River Avon up to the Kennet and Avon Canal in 1813. Pop in during one of the open days for a unique insight into engineering that helped make the canal what it is today. 

 

 

CYCLING

the towpath and beyond

We're often asked whether you can bring bikes on board your hire boat - the answer is yes! Whether you choose to bring your own or wish to hire, cycling is a brilliant way of exploring the canal towpath and beyond. Mountain bikes or road bikes with grippy tyres are advisable as the towpath can be a little bumpy in some sections and sometimes slippery if it rains. There are plenty of cycling tracks and you'll find easy access to roads via canal bridges during your holiday.

WALKING

explore the countryside

Mooring up in the middle of glorious countryside is something unique to canal boat holidays and what better way to explore the Wiltshire countryside then to set off on foot. You'll be treated to spectacular views, rolling hills and stunning woodland. One particulally beautiful spot is West Woods near Marlborough - a firm favourite with local hikers and keen photographers. 

HORSE RIDING

Stunning views

Fancy something a little different? Why not book in with Pewsey Vale Riding Centre, who offer horse riding for kids and adults. With the option of lessons, trail riding or long distance, there is somethings for all ability levels. The location is idyllic - just down the road from us in Stanton St Bernard, you'll get to enjoy some of the finest views the Pewsey Vale has to offer!