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Kennet Avon Canal Newbury to Devizes

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Burnt Mill Footbridge No.59: Burnt Mill Lock No.65: Bedwyn Wharf Bridge No.60:

SU28642009 SU2864 : Burnt Mill Lock by Graham Horn
2007 SU2864 : Kennet Canal at Great Bedwyn by Kurt C
2008 SU2864 : Kennet & Avon canal from Station Bridge, Great Bedwyn by Roger Davies
2009 SU2864 : Great Bedwyn - Narrowboat by Chris Talbot
2009 SU2864 : Great Bedwyn - Maggie May by Chris Talbot
1976 SU2864 : Bedwyn Wharf Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
2009 SU2864 : Great Bedwyn - Canal Bridge by Chris Talbot
2009 SU2864 : Great Bedwyn - Hannahh by Chris Talbot


1976
SU2864 : Burnt Mill Lock No 65, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
The then derelict Burnt Mill Lock, about half a mile short of Great Bedwyn, as seen in 1976. A useful footbridge crosses the tail of the lock.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
SU2864 : Burnt Mill Lock by Graham Horn
This is the last lock before Great Bedwyn if heading uphill (west) along the canal. The village is a popular stopping point for provisions, and overnight stays (it has two pubs) but can be rather noisy from the adjacent railway line.
There is a similar view here SU2864 : Burnt Mill Lock - No.65 - Great Bedwyn - 2004 taken five years earlier.
by Graham Horn


2004
SU2864 : Burnt Mill Lock - No.65 - Great Bedwyn - 2004 by Maurice Pullin
Burnt Mill Lock after restoration.
Great Bedwyn church can be seen in the distance.
by Maurice Pullin


2009
SU2864 : View from the bridge by Graham Horn
Looking north-east from the bridge at Great Bedwyn. On the right is the Kennet and Avon Canal. There are both short and long term moorings here. In the centre is the River Dun, a tributary of the River Kennet. The canal, when built in 1794 onwards, followed this river valley from Hungerford all the way to its summit at Crofton. On the left is the railway. The Great Western Railway built this route up the same valley in 1862. Today Great Bedwyn is the terminus of the local service from Reading and is occasionally served by fast trains to and from the West Country.
by Graham Horn


2007
SU2864 : Bedwyn Wharf Bridge, Kennet  and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
The nearest access from Great Bedwyn to the Kennet and Avon is by way of this bridge. A public car park adjoins, and Great Bedwyn station, with a service from Paddington even on Sundays, is very close. There are also two convenient public houses on Great Bedwyn.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
SU2864 : Bedwyn Wharf by Graham Horn
After this section of canal was opened, about 1796, there was a large wharf here, serving Bedwyn and the surrounding agricultural land. The canal was the M4 of its day.
Today it is still a thriving place. There are moorings and boat engineering and repair facilities. It is also the home of the boats of The Bruce Trust, a charity that provides canal holidays for disabled people. Two of their wide-beam boats are seen here, Hannah and (probably) Rebecca. The boats all have wheelchair lifts for access and full wheelchair circulating space inside. Their website is here LinkExternal link
by Graham Horn


2010 SU2864 : Bedwyn Wharf Bridge by David Martin




1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
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Bedwyn Church Bridge No.61: Bedwyn Church Lock No.64:

1976
SU2764 : Bedwyn Church Bridge and Lock No 64, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
This section of canal was still unnavigable at the time of this 1976 photograph. The bridge is not suitable for heavy traffic.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2007

2009
SU2764 : Bedwyn Church Bridge by Graham Horn
Some of the names of the bridges and locks on the canal are easy to remember. The boat is about to pass under Bedwyn Church Bridge (pedestrian access only) and into Bedwyn Church Lock. Beyond the railway can be seen Bedwyn Church.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU2764 : Great Bedwyn - Bridge Over The Canal by Chris Talbot
This bridge carries a small footbridge over the Kennet and Avon Canal, the cast iron diamond shaped sign warns car drivers not to use this bridge.
by Chris Talbot


2007
SU2764 : Canal Lock, Kennet Canal at Great Bedwyn by Kurt C
A view looking NE down through the canal lock, which serves many passing narrowboats each day along this popular stretch of the Kennet.
by Kurt C


2007
SU2764 : Lock No 64 and Bedwyn Church Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
The bridge carries a footpath giving convenient access to the church and the south end of this pleasant village.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2005 SU2764 : Reflection in canal by Chris Downer2010 SU2764 : Bedwyn Church Bridge by David Martin





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