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Kennet Avon Canal Newbury to Devizes

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SU4067

Dreweat's Lock No.79: Irish Hill:

SU40672009 SU4067 : Pillbox alongside the canal by Graham Horn
2010 SU4067 : Kennet & Avon canal below Irish Hill on the right by D Gore 2010 SU4067 : The Kennet and Avon Canal, Hamstead Marshall by Andrew Smith
SU3967 2009 SU3967 : Pasture south of the canal by Graham Horn
1976 SU3967 : Shepherd Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton2004 SU3967 : Shepherd's Bridge by Pierre Terre
2009 SU3967 : Through Shepherd's Bridge by Graham Horn2009 SU3967 : Approaching Shepherd's Bridge by Graham Horn
2010 SU3967 : Kennet & Avon canal looking west from Shepherd's Bridge by D Gore2009 SU3967 : East of Kintbury by Graham Horn
2010 SU3967 : Shaded stretch of the Kennet & Avon canal by D Gore2009 SU3967 : East of Kintbury by Graham Horn
2010 SU3967 : The River Kennet  and the Kennet and Avon canal, east of Kintbury by Brian Robert Marshall2010 SU3967 : Fishermen in focus on the Kennet & Avon canal by D Gore



2009
SU4067 : Canal weir by Graham Horn
This section of the canal follows the River Kennet closely, with streams from the river flowing into and out of the canal at regular intervals. Here a regulating weir lets excess water out of the canal back into the river, just before arriving at Dreweat's Lock. The square boundary is at the end of this walkway, the lock being in SU4167
by Graham Horn


2009
SU4067 : Canal weir by Graham Horn
Just west of Dreweat's Lock, a canalised section of the River Kennet has a weir to regulate the water. These are the weir paddles, lifted manually by a spike. These open gates under the towpath for excess water to flow through. Most of the paddles are down in dry conditions.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU4067 : Canal east of Kintbury by Graham Horn
The canal and its towpath are separated along this section by profuse growth of reeds and bulrushes, such that it is often difficult to see the water when walking the towpath. In the south side there are cattle pastures.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU4067 : Approaching Dreweat's Lock by Graham Horn
This British Waterways workboat, with a grab and dredger attachment, has the unimaginative name of Kennet 1. The lock is in SU4167
by Graham Horn





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SU3967

Shepherd's Bridge No.40:

2010
SU3967 : Kennet and Avon canal and the River Kennet, east of Kintbury by Brian Robert Marshall
The river is on the right, the canal on the left. The canal is at a higher level than the river.
by Brian Robert Marshall





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SU3867

Kintbury Bridge No.41: Kintbury Lock No.78: Vicarage Bridge No.42:

2010
SU3867 : Weir, River Kennet and Kennet and Avon canal, Kintbury by Brian Robert Marshall
To a non-expert like me it appears that the canal is draining some of its contents into the river via this weir. There must be a reason for it.

Update Jan 2011: I have just heard from a fellow contributor as follows:

'The weir is necessary to prevent the lock cut from flooding and
overflowing the towpath in times of high water levels. This can cause a breach
in the canal section. It also keeps the water level up to the navigation depth
at other times.'

Thanks Maurice.
by Brian Robert Marshall


1976
SU3867 : Looking towards Kintbury, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
Kintbury bridge and Lock No 78 are ahead as we approach Kintbury from the east. Kintbury is a most attractive village with almost all services available, including that ever-necessary establishment for boatman and walker, a good public house.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
SU3867 : WB Kennet Valley by Graham Horn
This is Kennet Valley, the horsedrawn trip boat operated from below the lock at Kintbury. The trip has just finished and passengers disembarking. The horse is off to the left. Kennet Valley is designated as a wide boat, in that it has the same sort of lines as a narrowboat but is wider than 7 feet, I think about 12 feet in this case.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU3867 : Dundas Arms, Kintbury by Graham Horn
This is a typical canal side pub, once serving the needs of the working boatmen, now upmarket and able to charge high prices because of its location. The old stables are to the right. It is named after Charles Dundas, the first Chairman of the Kennet and Avon Canal Company from 1788, and MP for Berkshire from 1794 to 1832.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU3867 : WB Kennet Valley by Graham Horn
Looking east into the bright sun. The horse drawn wide boat Kennet Valley has just finished its trip and the crew are packing up. The horse is doing what any good horse would do having just pulled a 20 ton boat for a few miles - eating.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU3867 : Kintbury water point by Graham Horn
Water points occur along canals at convenient places every 10 miles or so. This one above Kintbury Lock has been nicely painted to highlight the words and symbols, which are embossed on the metalwork.
by Graham Horn


2002
SU3867 : Vicarage Bridge - No.42 - K&A Canal, Kintbury - 2002 by Maurice Pullin
The railway to Newbury, Reading and St.Pancras is just a few yards to the right and is well used.
The footpath to the left over the bridge is a useful if steep short cut to the Kintbury shopping centre.
The vicarage is also to the left and is shown on SU3867 : Old Vicarage at Kintbury
by Maurice Pullin



2009 SU3867 : Canal east of Kintbury by Graham Horn1976 SU3867 : Kintbury Bridge and Lock No 78, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton2009 SU3867 : Kintbury Lock by Graham Horn2009 SU3867 : Narrowboats at Kintbury by Graham Horn
2009 SU3867 : Approaching Kintbury by Graham Horn




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SU3767

Orchard Meadow Bridge No.43: Brunsden Lock Bridge No.44: Brunsden Lock No.77:

SU37672009 SU3767 : Canal west of Kintbury by Graham Horn
SU36682008 SU3668 : Kennet and Avon Canal east of Hungerford 8 by Jonathan Billinger

2009
SU3767 : Brunsden Lock by Graham Horn
Lock 77, and with a rise of only 4 feet 11 inches one of the shallowest on the canal.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU3767 : Brunsden Lock by Graham Horn
Lock 77 with a fall of 4 feet 11 inches. The pile is weed that has been hauled out from around the gates and the paddles. I hope no one comes and puts it back in again.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU3767 : Brunsden Lock Bridge by Graham Horn
An accommodation bridge at the tail of Brunsden Lock. For a similar earlier picture see SU3767 : Brunsden Bridge and Lock No 77, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr. Neil Clifton.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU3767 : Orchard Meadow Bridge by Graham Horn
The west face of the bridge. For the east side see SU3767 : Orchard Meadow Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr. Neil Clifton. The narrowboat is tucked into the bank. It appears to be aground, which is not uncommon when mooring away from designated moorings, although one is allowed to moor virtually anywhere on the towpath side.
by Graham Horn


1976
SU3767 : Orchard Meadow Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
It is a mystery to me why such a substantial bridge as this was provided here, for this is only an accommodation bridge of purely local importance.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
SU3767 : View from Orchard Meadow Bridge by Graham Horn
I am standing on the bridge looking east towards Kintbury. This photo of the bridge SU3767 : Orchard Meadow Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr. Neil Clifton, was taken from somewhere between the two boats on the towpath side.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU3767 : Boats west of Kintbury by Graham Horn
A narrowboat passes a residential wideboat built to a Dutch barge style.
by Graham Horn


1976
SU3767 : Brunsden Bridge and Lock No 77, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
Canoeing has for many years been popular on the Kennet and Avon, and served to remind the public of the existence of the waterway even when it was unnavigable by powered craft
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
SU3767 : Orchard Meadow Bridge by Graham Horn
This is the north-west parapet of the bridge, looking north. The railway line is close here. Also seen is a WWII pill box. These are found along all of the Kennet and Avon Canal as it was designated as a strategic line of defence, so every bridge and other possible crossing point used to have at least one and most remain.
by Graham Horn





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SU3667

Railway Bridge No.45:

2010
SU3667 : Canal Narrowboat by Paul Gillett
On the Kennet & Avon Canal, the lights on the top suggest that this boat is also used for night-time trips.
by Paul Gillett
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1967
SU3667 : Skew railway bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
The canal, of course, was here first, but for its whole length it was later joined by the almost-parallel Great Western Railway, which occupied a position mainly to the north of the canal, except for a few miles near Newbury. Here the railway again swings to the south, remaining on that side for the next few miles until west of Hungerford.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
SU3667 : Railway Bridge by Graham Horn
This is the unimaginative name of the bridge taking the railway across the canal. For an earlier picture from nearly the same location see SU3667 : Skew railway bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr. Neil Clifton.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU3667 : Railway Bridge by Graham Horn
This is the unimaginative name given to this bridge over the Kennet and Avon Canal, taking the railway from the north to the south side. It took advantage of a slight bend in the canal to make the crossing, which is nevertheless still at an acute angle.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU3667 : Canal east of Wire lock by Graham Horn
This bridge has the unimaginative name of Railway Bridge. The railway follows the canal closely between Pewsey and Reading, crossing it many times. Wagons of a Foster Yeoman stone train can be seen passing over the bridge, on their way from the Mendip quarries to Acton.
by Graham Horn





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SU3668

Wire Lock Bridge No.45: Wire Lock No.76:

2008
SU3668 : Rose of Hungerford, Kennet and Avon Canal by Maigheach-gheal
The Rose of Hungerford, a trip boat owned by the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, turns in the winding hole to the east of Wire Lock.
by Maigheach-gheal


2009
SU3668 : Canal and railway by Graham Horn
This is a winding hole on the canal, a place where boats longer than the width of the canal can be turned. It is pronounced "winding" as in the wind that blows, as unpowered boats would have used a favourable wind to assist their turn.
The railway, the Berks and Hants line, closely follows the canal from Pewsey to Reading. Here a Foster Yeoman stone train is passing, on a turn from the Mendip quarries to Acton. It is hauled by a class 59 locomotive, one of eight shared by ARC and Foster Yeoman who operate the quarries.
by Graham Horn


1976
SU3668 : Wire Bridge and Lock, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
The railway is to the south of the canal here. The A4 is a few hundred yards to the north, but is separated from the canal by the River Kennet, and there is no access.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2008
SU3668 : Kennet and Avon Canal east of Hungerford 9 by Jonathan Billinger
Wire Lock and bridge looking from the east.
by Jonathan Billinger


2010
SU3668 : Wire Lock by Paul Gillett
The power of the water being lowered to allow the lock to open
Wire Lock was built between 1794 and 1804 under the supervision of the engineer John Rennie. The canal is administered by British Waterways, It is a grade II listed building
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by Paul Gillett
Shared Description


2010
SU3668 : Lock gate - Wire Lock by Paul Gillett
The Kennet and Avon is made up of two river navigations and a linking stretch of canal. It runs from Hanham Lock near Bristol to the River Thames at Reading, over 100 miles long with more than 100 locks, some magnificent engineering and crossing some of the most beautiful scenery in southern England. It was only reopened in 1990 after decades of dereliction. by Oast House Archive


2009
SU3668 : Wire lock by Graham Horn
Lock 76, with a rise of 6 feet 10 inches. The boat is being used by canal trip boat Rose of Hungerford. She was built especially as a trip boat and is 55 feet long and 10 feet 6 inches wide, thus only filling about three quarters of the 72 feet by 14 feet lock. She takes 50 passengers.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU3668 : Wire Lock by Maigheach-gheal
The lock gates are closed and the water is about to be let out of the lock.
by Maigheach-gheal


2008
SU3668 : Kennet and Avon Canal east of Hungerford 7 by Jonathan Billinger
Bridge at Wire Lock, looking east.
by Jonathan Billinger


2009
SU3668 : Wire lock by Graham Horn
Lock 76, with a fall of 6 feet 10 inches. This lovely isolated lock is regularly used by the canal trip boat the Rose of Hungerford.
by Graham Horn


2008
SU3668 : Kennet and Avon Canal east of Hungerford 4 by Jonathan Billinger
Wire Lock from the west in the pouring rain.
by Jonathan Billinger


2010
SU3668 : Kennet & Avon Canal by Paul Gillett
Looking West just after Wire Lock, a cyclist can be seen on the path alongside the canal
by Paul Gillett
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2008 SU3668 : Kennet and Avon Canal east of Hungerford 8 by Jonathan Billinger2010 SU3668 : Kennet & Avon Canal by Paul Gillett2009 SU3668 : Wire Lock Bridge by Graham Horn
2009 SU3668 : Wire Lock, Kennet and Avon Canal by Maigheach-gheal2010 SU3668 : Wire Lock by Paul Gillett2003 SU3668 : Wire Lock - No.76 - Kennet & Avon Canal - 2003 by Maurice Pullin
2008 SU3668 : Kennet and Avon Canal east of Hungerford 6 by Jonathan Billinger2008 SU3668 : Kennet and Avon Canal east of Hungerford 3 by Jonathan Billinger2010 SU3668 : Kennet & Avon Canal by Paul Gillett





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