Weekend holiday itinerary
Please note, this route itinerary takes you East of Honeystreet. You can also head West which will take you as far as Devizes. You won't have time to navigate Caen Hill Flight so you'll need to turn at Devizes - A lovely route if you're just after a relaxing few days with no locks!
Honeystreet to Wilcot/Pewsey - LOCKS 0 / MILES 3.5 - 4.5 / TIME 1.5 - 2 HOURS
Arrive for your 15:00 handover at Honeystreet Wharf to meet your instructor. Cruise 1.5 - 2 hours East to the picturesque village of Wilcot (bridge 117). Here you can enjoy a meal at The Golden Swan pub. Alternatively, travel half an hour further to Pewsey - our local village which has a variety of shops and restaurants. The Waterfront Bar and Bistro is a canalside restaurant renowned for it's lovely fish specials and guest ales. For something different head into Pewsey for a fantastic curry at Tale of Spice - a popular Indian resturant where you can take away or eat in.
Wilcot/Pewsey to Crofton - LOCKS 4 / MILES 6 / TIME 4 - 5 HOURS
Continue for 4 - 5 hours East through beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Moor up at Crofton to visit the Crofton Beam Engines and Cafe. Explore the workings of the oldest working steam engines in the world - that are still going strong today! (Open 10:30 - 16:30 every day except Mondays). Crofton is the highest point on the canal. Why not head off for a walk through glorious countryside to Wilton Windmill - stunning hilltop views! Have dinner at The Swan Inn surrounded by thatched cottages and a village pond. - Remember to take torches for the walk home!
Crofton (turn around here) to Pewsey/Wilcot - LOCKS 4 / MILES 6 / TIME 4 - 5 HOURS
After turning your boat just before Crofton Top Lock, head back West on Sunday morning. Wootton Rivers is a lovely thatched village along the way - a great place to stop for Sunday lunch is The Royal Oak. Aim to moor up for the night in either Pewsey or Wilcot, ready for a short 2 hour cruise in the morning.
Pewsey/Wilcot to Honeystreet - LOCKS 0 / MILES 3.5 - 4.5 / TIME 1.5 - 2 HOURS
Set off towards Honeystreet Wharf for the last leg of your journey. Your depature time is 10:00am.
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NB: The route suggested above is an example. If you're an ambitious crew, why not aim to travel a little further to Great Bedwyn. For those of you wanting a less active holiday with no locks, plan to turn-around at Wootton Rivers or head the opposite direction and turn at Devizes. For a short break we highly recommend heading East. The reason for this is to avoid Caen Hill Flight of locks, located 4.5 hours West of us near Devizes. It's a fantastic part of the canal to navigate, however this staircase of locks will take up the majority of a day to navigate, so heading East maximises the distance you can travel during your weekend hire. It's best to take a boat for at least a week heading in this direction if you want to do the flight.