Weekly hire - Holiday itinerary travelling East
PLEASE NOTE: This route is the advised maximum distance you could potentially cruise in one week heading East. For a less active holiday we would recommend turning around at Hungerford instead of Kintbury, allowing you shorter cruising days and more time to explore the local areas. If you're really keen boaters then it is possible to reach Newbury but this is only really advisable if you're hiring for over a week. It's a good idea to keep your itinerary flexible - Once on-board your instructor will happily go through a tailored route with you.
Maps and guides are provided on board your boat helping you to plan your timings and distances.
Honeystreet to Wilcot/Pewsey - LOCKS 0 / MILES 3.5 - 4.5 / TIME 1 - 2 HOURS
Arrive for your 15:00 handover at Honeystreet Wharf to meet your instructor. Cruise 1 - 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 10 / MILES 7 / TIME 4 - 5 HOURS
Continue for 4 - 5 hours East through beautiful Wiltshire countryside passing under Bruce Tunnel. 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.
Crofton to Hungerford - LOCKS 13 / SWING BRIDGES 2 / MILES 6.5 / HOURS 7
You'll pass through Great Bedwyn and Little Bedwyn which are lovely little thatched villages with good pubs. Continute along this 6.5 mile stretch while keeping your crew to hand as there are locks along this stretch at regular intervals until you reach Hungerford. Moor overnight in this charming, historic old market town. It's a wonderful place to explore - You'll find lots of independent shops, cafes and in particular antiques shops! Even if antique shops aren't your thing you have to visit Hungerford Arcade! - it's an extrordinary place, well worth a visit. We're always picking up bits of china for the Cafe there.
Hungerford to Kintbury (turn around here) - LOCKS 4 / MILES 3 / HOURS 3
Set off for a relaxing cruise through pretty woodland as you leave Hungerford travelling East towrads Kintbury. This short stretch is a particularly attractive section of the canal. Turn around at Kintbury and moor up overnight. Good food and drink awaits at The Dundas Arms - a canalside pub offering pub classics and an a la carte menu.
Kintbury to Little Bedwyn - LOCKS 11 / MILES 6.5 / HOURS 6
After turning around in Kintbury begin heading West back towards Little Bedwyn. For something special try The Harrow - a beautiful Michelin starred restaurant just a short walk from the canal, (it's worth booking ahead).
Little Bedwyn to Wootton Rivers - LOCKS 13 / MILES 6 / HOURS 6
Begin the morning climbing locks up to Crofton, before heading through Bruce Tunnel to Wootton Rivers. There is a pub here called The Royal Oak which is just a short walk over the bridge.
Wootton Rivers to Pewsey - LOCKS 1 / MILES 3 / HOURS 2
Enjoy a relaxing day with a short cruise between Wootton Rivers and Pewey/Wilcot. Alternatively, head further on to Honeystreet and moor overnight on the Wharf front. If you're still keen to contiune, head on past Honeystreet and turn around at All Cannings. There's a great pub in the village called The Kings Arms. It'll take you between 1.5 - 2 hours to get back to Honeystreet in the morning.
Morning of your return
Arrive at Honeystreet Wharf ready for your 10:00am departure. To save on the washing up you could have breakfast in the Cafe.