Kennet & Avon Canal Itinerary

This one-week itinerary takes you along the Kennet & Avon Canal between Hungerford in the east and Devizes in the west.

There are detours and distractions to take you away from the main route, encouraging you to explore and experience the different aspects of the Vale of Pewsey.  Each day includes suggestions for lunch and evening meals.

You can of course modify our suggestions, but be mindful of your own walking pace and when you have to meet your pick up at the end of the day.

The total walking distance is 48 miles - 28.5 miles of the Kennet & Avon Canal and 19.5 miles of detours and ramblings.

You can of course take this route at your own pace and stay a bit longer, or pick out selected days if your stay is shorter.

It's all about the journey, not the destination.

Daily Itinerary

Click on each section below to get the detailed itinerary for each day and to download the gpx files for use on your walking app.

§Daily Itinerary for Kennet & Avon Canal Hungerford to Devizes

4.9 miles of the Kennet & Avon Canal plus 4.6 miles of diversions - 9.5 miles in total

Arrive at Start Point by 10am.

Walk the Kennet & Avon Canal from the historic market town of Hungerford to Great Bedwyn - an idyllic village with a wharf on the canal and plenty of interesting history.

4.9 miles

Approximately 1.75 hours

Lunch at Great Bedwyn:

Three Tuns Freehouse

Wendy's Community Cafe & Juice Bar

 - approximately 1.5 hours

Guided Tour of Bedwyn

You can do this by downloading the self-guide document or, even better, book your guided tour with the Bedwyn History Society.

1 mile

Approximately 1 - 1.5 hours

Detour to walk the Bedwyn Circular Walk

4.6 miles

Approximately 1.75 hours

End of Day 1 - meet your pick up at the agreed location.

Click here for ideas on where to eat in the evening.

1.6 miles of the Kennet & Avon Canal with 2.4 miles of detours - 4 miles in total

Arrive at Start Point by 10am

Walk the Kennet & Avon Canal from Great Bedwyn Wharf to Crofton

1.6 miles.  Approximately .75 hour.

Visit the historic Crofton Beam Engines.

Experience a guided tour of Crofton Beam Engines and see the oldest working steam engines in the world!  The steam engines are only in steam on special steaming days, advertised on Crofton's website and on our What's On page.

There is no direct access between the Canal and Crofton Beam Engines' site. Visitors wishing to visit from the canal can do so by leaving the Canal at Sam Farmer Lock (No. 58) and then following the main road east to Crofton.  Access to the site is via the front gate located opposite the pay and display car park. 

No distance for this diversion, just a short wander off the route.

Take a detour to walk the Wilton Windmill & Crofton circular walk.  Starting at point 5 of the walk, go as far as The Swan Inn in Wilton.

.7 mile.  Approximately 15 minutes.

Lunch at The Swan Inn, Wilton - approximately 1.5 hours.

Continue the Wilton Windmill & Crofton circular walk taking in Wilton Windmill en route.

1.7 miles.  Approximately 1.5 hours with stop off at Wilton Windmill.

End of Day 2 - meet your pick up at the agreed location. 

Click here for ideas on where to eat in the evening.

Your chance to Experience the Vale - a multitude of one-day itineraries for you to choose from.

Heritage, history, canal boats, cooking, shopping, afternoon - so many things to do and see!

Industrial Heritage of the Vale
Explore the industrial heritage of the Vale of Pewsey on this one-day itinerary in which you visit Crofton Beam Engines, ...
Read More
Crafting & Conservation in Pewsey
Enjoy a day in Pewsey village! This one-day itinerary includes a crafting course with Karen at The Craft Studio, followed ...
Read More
Wonderful Woodborough
Discover Woodborough Yard - a wonderful mix of shops and cafes a few miles west of Pewsey. This one-day itinerary ...
Read More
Walks for a Day
With a network of public rights of way across the Vale of Pewsey, we have plenty of walking routes for ...
Read More
Cruising the Kennet and Avon Canal
Explore the Kennet & Avon Canal at your own pace for a day on the delightful "Honey Days" from Honeystreet ...
Read More
Crop Circles and Sundowner Cruise
An afternoon and evening itinerary at Honeystreet Mill, taking in lunch at Honeystreet Mill Cafe, a spot of shopping at ...
Read More
Foodie Day in Collingbourne
This one-day itinerary is of interest to anyone who likes food and walking! It includes a delightful walk, as well ...
Read More
Create Your Own Tour with Oldbury Tours
A wealth of options to create your own tour of historic sites in the Vale of Pewsey and beyond! Laurence ...
Read More
History and Heritage in Great Bedwyn
This one-day itinerary will take you on a history tour of Great Bedwyn, with lunch in the village and then ...
Read More

7.3 miles of the Kennet & Avon Canal plus 6.5 miles of detours - 13.8 miles in total

Arrive at Start Point by 10am

Walk 7.3 miles from Crofton to Pewsey Wharf

7.3 miles.  Approximately 2.5 hours.

You can stop for lunch at The Waterfront Bar & Bistro, or walk from Pewsey Wharf down into the village of Pewsey.

.75 mile.  Approximately 15 minutes walking.

Lunch at an establishment of your choice - approximately 1.5 hours.

The Waterfront Bar & Bistro (at Pewsey Wharf)

The Royal Oak

Snoopers Bazaar

The Little Lunchbox

Pewsey Vale Community Crafts & Tea Rooms

The Moonrakers

Tale of Spice

Takeaway from Marshalls Bakery

In Pewsey village, visit the Pewsey Heritage Centre to see displays of rural history and local stories.  Allow 30 to 60 minutes.

6.5 miles.  Approximately 3.5 hours.

Take a detour on to the Milkhouse Water, Martinsell and Giant's Grave circular walk

6.5 miles.  Approximately 3.5 hours.

End of Day 4 - meet your pick up at the agreed location. 

Click here for ideas on where to eat in the evening.

A day to explore beyond the Pewsey Vale - you are so well-located to easily visit other towns and locations.

A Day in Hungerford
The market town of Hungerford is just over the Wiltshire border in West Berkshire. This pretty town is best known ...
Read More
Learn Something New!
For 47 years, Marlborough College has been opening its doors during the summer to people who want to learn. Everything ...
Read More
History and Heritage in Devizes
Spend a day in the lovely market town of Devizes, discovering its rich history and taking in Wiltshire Museum. From ...
Read More
Tour of Devizes
A lovely ramble in the lovely market town of Devizes, including Wiltshire Museum and walk along the Kennet & Avon ...
Read More
St Peter Tower and Marlborough Street Market
A day in Marlborough finding out about the fascinating history of St Peter's Tower, followed by some shopping in the ...
Read More
Blue Plaques of Marlborough
A relaxing and interesting day in the beautiful town of Marlborough, the Blue Plaque walk will take you right round ...
Read More
Savernake Oaks and The Merchant House
This one-day itinerary will take you to historic Savernake Forest - an ancient royal hunting forest - and to the ...
Read More
Stonehenge and Avebury
Everyone wants to see a World Heritage Site and if you are staying in the Vale of Pewsey then you ...
Read More

3.9 miles of the Kennet & Avon Canal plus 6 miles of detours - 9.9 miles in total

Arrive at Start Point by 10am.

Walk the Kennet & Avon Canal from Pewsey Wharf to Honeystreet.

3.9 miles.  Approximately 1.25 hours.

Lunch at Honeystreet Mill Cafe - approximately 1.5 hours.

You can also visit The India Shop and The Crop Circle Exhibition & Information Centre at the same time so allow another hour to do this.

Take a detour to go on our circular walk up to Alton White Horse, starting at point 6 of the walk.

6 miles.  Approximately 3 - 3.5 hours - the walk is steep and panoramic.

End of Day 6 - meet your pick up at the agreed location.

Click here for ideas on where to eat in the evening.

10.8 miles of the Kennet & Avon Canal with no diversions - 10.8 miles in total

Arrive at Start Point by 10am.

Walk the Kennet & Avon Canal from Honeystreet to Devizes

9.8 miles.  Approximately 3.5 hours.

Lunch at any of the Devizes cafes or pubs

Walk the Kennet & Avon Canal from Devizes to the Caen Hill Locks

1 mile.  Approximately 20 minutes.

End of Day 7 - meet your pick up at the agreed location.

Click here for ideas on where to eat in the evening.

How to organise your holiday

By Car:

The Vale of Pewsey is easily accessed from Junction 14 or 15 on the M4 or from the A303, take the turning to Tidworth (if coming from the west) or (if coming from the east) you can take the turning to Andover West & Marlborough or turn off at the Countess roundabout at Amesbury on to the A345.

By Train:

There are two mainline stations in the Vale of Pewsey on the Great Western Railway - Bedwyn in the east of the Vale and Pewsey in the centre of the Vale.  

By Bus:

Go to the Bustimes.org for bus service information for the area.
Go to Salisbury Reds who operate the local bus services.

You will need transport to take you to the start of each day's walking and again to collect you at the finish point each day.  You may also want your luggage transferring between accommodation if you choose to do a multi-centre holiday.

These are all local taxi companies who do this type of work.

Wild Camping Dark Lane
Dark Lane
East Grafton
SN8 3DL
Phone:
07503 200 901
The Byre at Pewsey Self Catering
The Byre
Inlands Cottage, 54 North Street
Pewsey
SN9 5EX
Phone:
01672 288643
No 10 B&B
Farm Lane
Great Bedwyn
SN8 3LU
Phone:
01672 870587
Brail Barn
Brail Farmhouse
Great Bedwyn
SN8 3LY
Phone:
01672 870377
Caroline Dalrymple B&B
29 - 33 High Street
Pewsey
SN9 5AF
Phone:
01672 563067
Kestrel Cottage
Crofton Road
Great Bedwyn
SN8 3LX
Phone:
01672 870659
Charlton Manor
Charlton St Peter
SN9 6EU
Phone:
01980 630791
Huntlys Farmhouse B&B
Manningford Abbots
Manningford Abbots
SN9 6HZ
Phone:
01672 563663
The Crown Inn
Chandler's Lane
Bishops Cannings
SN10 2JZ
Phone:
01380 860218
Priory Cottage
Easton Royal
SN9 5LZ
Phone:
01672 811953
Enford
SN9 6DJ
Phone:
01980 671206
Category:
Poulton Farm Estate
Poulton
Marlborough
SN8 2LN
Phone:
01672 516888
Category:
West Grafton
SN8 3BY
Phone:
01672 811233
Category:
Manningford Bruce
SN9 6JW
Phone:
01980 635394
Category:
Sunnyhill Lane
Oare
SN8 4JG
Phone:
01672 563151
3 South Farm
All Cannings
SN10 3JX
Phone:
01380 848253
Easton Royal
SN9 5LU
Phone:
01747 828170
Category:
East Chisenbury
SN8 6AQ
Phone:
01980 671124
Honeystreet
SN9 5PS
Phone:
01672 851655
Category:
Oak Tree Farmhouse
Honey Street Farm
Honeystreet
SN9 5PS
Phone:
01672 851125
Category:
c/o The Old Church
Manningford Bohune
SN9 6LY
Phone:
01672 851820
Category:
1 Milton Road
Pewsey
SN9 5JJ
Phone:
01672 564773
3 High Street
Upavon
SN9 6EA
Phone:
01980 630025
East Kennett
SN8 4EY
Phone:
01672 861686
Category:
The Square
Ramsbury
SN8 2PE
Phone:
01672 520230
15 High Street
Pewsey
SN9 5AF
Phone:
01672 569390
Category:
Patney Weir
Patney Road
Chirton
SN10 3QU
Phone:
01380 848800
Category:
Field House
All Cannings
SN10 3NX
Phone:
07920 143403
Category:
Manningford Abbots
SN9 6HT
Phone:
01672 564438
Red Lion Freehouse
East Chisenbury
SN9 6AQ
Phone:
01980 671124
Category: