The Kennet and Avon Canal

What we know as the Kennet & Avon Canal is actually made up of three historic waterways, the Kennet Navigation, the Avon Navigation and the Kennet & Avon Canal.

In 1724 the River Kennet was made navigable from Reading to Newbury, and by 1727 boats could reach as far as Bath. For hundreds of years before this people had talked about linking the River Kennet with the River Avon, but it was not until 1794 that a route was fixed via Devizes and an Act was passed. The resulting canal was completed in 1810.

Water supply up to the summit soon became a problem, so in 1812 a steam engine was installed at Crofton to pump water from Wilton Water (amazingly this Boulton & Watt engine is still working today). Three years later a companion Harvey’s engine was also installed.

Despite the impressive length of the Kennt & Avon Canal, through traffic never accounted for more than 6% of the total and the waterway was never prosperous.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday
10.00 am to 12.30 pm
1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

9.00 am to 2.00 pm

9.00 am to 12.00 noon

About us

Caen Hill Marina is an exclusive 248 berth marina for canal boat owners looking for moorings in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside on the Kennet and Avon canal. Unlike other marinas, Caen Hill offers the moorer an unrivalled suite of modern facilities in a boater friendly environment that makes the mooring experience interactive and entertaining

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Tel: 01380 827062


Caen Hill Marina
Lower Foxhanger
Wiltshire SN10 1SS

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