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Kennet and Avon Canal

Description of Kennet and Avon Canal: This recently restored navigation (re-opened by HM The Queen on 8 August 1990) runs 86.5 miles from High Bridge Reading, where it joins the River Thames, to Hanham Lock, where it joins the Bristol Avon.

History of Kennet and Avon Canal: Promoted by Acts of 1794, 1796, 1798, 1801, 1805, 1809 and 1813.fully completed when the Caen Hill Locks were finished on 28 December 1810. Bought by the Great Western Railway in 1852. In May 1950 a stoppage at Burghfield, near Reading, made the canal impassable. This was the last year that the whole canal was navigable before its restoration in 1990. In 1952 Caen Hill Locks at Devizes were impassable.
For more details see the History page.

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Kennet and Avon Canal: Reading to Newbury: Length 75 foot, beam 14 foot. Newbury to Bath: Length 72 foot, beam 14 foot. Bath to Hanham Lock: Length 75 foot, beam 16 foot. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Kennet and Avon Canal: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Junction with Thames at Reading

Junction with River Thames Short branch of the Thames.

0

0

N

SU731739

175

Blakes Lock

0.3

1

N

SU727735

175

High Bridge, Reading

The start of the River Kennet Section

0.5

1

N

SU717732

175

County Lock No 106

1

2

N

SU713730

175

Fobney Lock No 105

2

3

N

SU704711

175

Southcote Lock No 104

3

4

N

SU693712

175

Burghfield Village Road Bridge

4

4

N

SU681707

175

Burghfield Lock No 103

4.5

5

N

SU673708

175

Garston Lock No 102

5.8

6

N

SU655707

175

Shenfield Lock No 101

6.5

7

N

SU648706

175

Sulhampstead Lock No 100

7.5

8

N

SU636698

175

Tyle Mill Lock No 99

8.5

9

N

SU625691

175

Ufton Swing Bridge

Site of the disused Ufton Lock No 98

9.3

9

N

SU616685

175

Towney Lock No 97

9.9

10

N

SU610680

175

Padworth Lock No 96

10.5

11

N

SU605671

175

Aldermaston Lock No 95

Aldermaston swing bridge below the lock is electrically operated by boaters and span a busy road.

10.8

12

N

SU600671

175

Woolhampton Mill Lock No 94

Woolhampton Village 200 yards north. The weir bellow the lock and a shoal extending across the river from it make navigation tricky at this point.

12.5

13

N

SU571665

174

Heals Lock No 93

Also called Hales Lock

13.4

14

N

SU561663

174

Midgham Lock No 92

14.3

15

N

SU549662

174

Colthrop Lock No 91

15

16

N

SU538663

174

Monkey Marsh Lock No 90

Thatcham Station 200 yards east.

16

17

N

SU524662

174

Widmead Lock No 89

16.5

18

N

SU507662

174

Bulls Lock No 88

16.8

19

N

SU498666

174

Ham Mills Lock No 87

17.5

20

N

SU487672

174

Greenham Lock No 86

18.5

21

N

SU479673

174

Newbury Lock No 85

Start of Kennet and Avon Canal Section and Newbury Wharf and town centre.

19

22

N

SU470671

174

Guyers Lock No 84

20

23

N

SU454668

174

Higgs Lock No 83

20.5

24

N

SU448667

174

Benham Lock No 82

Bridge to Benham Park (north of canal)

21.1

25

N

SU439665

174

Hamstead Lock No 81

22.5

26

N

SU422670

174

Copse Lock No 80

22.9

27

N

SU416670

174

Drewitts Lock No 79

23.4

28

N

SU410672

174

Kintbury Lock No 78

Kintbury Bridge, Dundas Arms and Village

25

29

N

SU385671

174

Brunsden Lock No 77

26.6

30

N

SU371675

174

Wire Lock No 76

27.4

31

N

SU361680

174

Dunn Mill Lock No 75

27.5

32

N

SU350682

174

Hungerford Lock No 74

Hungerford Town Centre

28

33

N

SU336687

174

Hungerford Marsh Lock No 73

28.6

34

N

SU326685

174

Cobbler's Lock No 72

29

35

N

SU321684

174

Picketfield Lock No 71

30

36

N

SU315680

174

Froxfield Bottom Lock No 70

30.5

37

N

SU304676

174

Froxfield Middle Lock No 69

30.6

38

N

SU301673

174

Oakfield Down Lock No 68

30.9

39

N

SU299671

174

Little Bedwyn Lock No 67

Little Bedwyn Bridge and Village

31.8

40

N

SU290659

174

Little Bedwyn Field Lock No 66

32.1

41

N

SU288654

174

Burnt Mill Lock No 65

Also called Knight's Mill Lock

32.6

42

N

SU283648

174

Great Bedwyn Church Lock No 64

33.3

43

N

SU278641

174

Crofton Bottom Lock No 63

The crofton flight Nos 55 to 63, 9 locks.

34.1

44

N

SU271631

174

Crofton Top Lock No 55

35.6

52

N

SU248623

174

Savernake Tunnel (East End)

Also called Bruce Tunnel.

36.5

52

N

SU238631

174

Burbage Wharf Bridge

37.5

52

N

SU224634

174

Wootton Rivers Top Lock No 54

Wootton Rivers flight of 4 locks.

37.6

53

N

SU210634

174

Brimsdale Lock No 53

Brimsdale Bridge

37.8

54

N

SU210634

174

Heathy Close Lock No 52

Heathy Close Bridge

38.4

55

N

SU202632

174

Wootton Bottom Lock No 51

Wootton Rivers

38.9

56

N

SU199629

173

New Mill Bridge

39.9

56

N

SU184621

173

Pewsey Wharf

Pewsey Bridge (A345)

41.9

56

N

SU157611

173

Wilcot Bridge

43.4

56

N

SU141613

173

Honey Street Wharf

Honey Street Bridge

45.9

56

N

SU104615

173

Horton Bridge

49.9

56

N

SU053634

173

Devizes Top Lock No 50

Devizes flight of 29 locks, Nos 22 to 50

53.9

57

N

SU001617

173

Devizes Bottom Lock No 22

Lower Foxhanger Bridge

55.9

85

N

ST966617

173

Martinslade Bridge

A365 road bridge

56.4

85

N

ST955618

173

Sells Green Bridge

56.9

85

N

ST951617

173

Rusty Lane Swing Bridge

57.1

85

N

ST940615

173

Seend Top Lock No 21

Seend flight of 5 locks

58.3

86

N

ST937614

173

Seend Bottom Lock No 17

58.9

90

N

ST927614

173

Semington Top Lock No 16

60.8

91

N

ST902609

173

Semington Bottom Lock No 15

Wilts and Berks Canal junction

60.9

92

N

ST900609

173

Hilperton Bridge (B3105)

Hilperton Wharf

63.4

92

N

ST860602

173

Bradford-on-Avon Lock No 14

65.9

93

N

ST825602

173

Avoncliffe Aqueduct

67.4

93

N

ST804600

173

Murhill Quarry

68.4

93

N

ST795605

172

Limpley Stoke Road Bridge

B3108 road bridge

69.4

93

N

ST782612

172

Dundas Aqueduct

Junction with the Somerset Coal Canal

70.4

93

N

ST785625

172

Holcombe Swing Bridge

72.9

93

N

ST782659

172

Bathampton Bridge

George Inn

73.4

93

N

ST777664

172

Follyfoot Swing Bridge

74.4

93

N

ST763659

172

Sydney Wharf Bridge

74.9

93

N

ST758649

172

Bath Top Lock No 13

Bath flight of 6 locks Nos 7 to 13. Locks 8 and 9 have been combined into a single deep lock.

75

94

N

ST758646

172

Bath Bottom Lock No 7

Junction with the River Avon Section

75.6

99

N

ST754643

172

Bath Old Bridge

75.9

99

N

ST749644

172

Weston Lock No 6

78.1

100

N

ST724649

172

Disused Railway Bridge

78.6

100

N

ST718655

172

Kelston Park Railway Bridge (disused)

79.9

100

N

ST703659

172

Kelston Lock No 5

81.1

101

N

ST688669

172

Saltford Lock No 4

81.9

102

N

ST692679

172

Swineford Lock No 3

82.6

103

N

ST691689

172

Keynsham Old Works

84.4

103

N

ST665693

172

Keynsham Lock No 2

A4175 road bridge

84.9

104

N

ST658691

172

Hanham Lock No 1

Junction with River Avon (Bristol) Toll Office and Junction with the River Avon

86.9

105

N

ST646700

172

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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