The Kennet and Avon Canal Holiday Routes from Newbury Marina
The beautiful Kennet and Avon Canal is the perfect place for a wonderful canal holiday, and Newbury is an excellent base.
The Kennet and Avon Canal is a waterway that runs across southern England with an overall length of 87 miles (140 km) it incorporates 105 locks. From Bristol to Bath It follows the natural course of the River Avon before the canal links it to the River Kennet at Newbury and from there to Reading on the River Thames. It is made up of two lengths of navigable river linked by a canal.
Newbury is situated on a river stretch which is known as the Kennet Navigation. The construction of the waterway began in 1794 and was completed in 1810 in the late 19th and early 20th centuries the canal gradually fell into disuse after the opening of the then Great Western Railway. After decades of decline and dereliction and then after much restoration work which was mainly volunteers the Kennet and Avon Canal was again fully reopened in 1990.
Below are some roughly worked out canal holiday cruises, obviously dependent upon how many hours you choose to cruise per day and number of days travelling. Please use as a guideline!
One Week's K&A Canal Holiday
5 days cruising from Newbury Marina to Reading & 2 days on the Thames and back to Newbury Marina (4 hours of cruising a day).
7 days cruising from Newbury Marina to Devizes Wharf and back to Newbury Marina ( 7 hours of cruising a day).
Short K&A Cruises
3 day cruise from Newbury Marina - Kintbury - Hungerford - Newbury (3 hours of cruising a day).