Kennet & Avon Canal


The Kennet and Avon Canal comprises a canalised section of the river Kennet from the Thames in Reading to Newbury, a canalised section of the river Avon from Bath to Bristol, and an entirely man-made section of canal linking Newbury and Bath. The Canal is 86.6 miles (139.2 km) long and has 107 locks.

The Kennet & Avon Canal connected with the Wilts & Berks Canal (under restoration) at Semington, and with the Somersetshire Coal Canal (derelict, other than moorings at the junction) at Monkton Combe.

The maximum boat size that can navigate throughout the Kennet & Avon Canal is:
length: 70' 10" (21.6 metres) - Lock 100 (Sulhamstead)
beam: 13' 8" (4.2 metres) - Lock 41 (Boto X Lock on the Caen Hill Flight)
height: 7' 10" (2.4 metres) - Bridge 83 (Hungerford Station Road)
draught: 4' 1" (1.24 metres) - cill of Lock 44 (Sir Hugh Stockwell Lock on the Caen Hill Flight)

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IWA Branches

Avon & Wiltshire (Hanham Lock on the Bristol Avon to Froxfield Bridge, by the Wiltshire / Berkshire border)
Guildford & Reading (River Thames to Froxfield Bridge, by the Wiltshire / Berkshire border)

Navigation Authority

Canal & River Trust
The Locks, Bath Road, DEVIZES, SN10 1EB.
T: 0303 040 4040
Canal & River Trust website

The Environment Agency manages Lock 107 (Blakes) and a short section of the canal at its junction with the Thames in Reading.

Waterway Information

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Map of UK Waterways
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