Newbury to Hungerford via Kennet & Avon Canal

A linear Berkshire walk that offers pleasant level walking with something of interest along the way. The route uses trains for the return journey.

Technical sheet
No. 293179
A Newbury walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 30/01/17
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h10[?]
Distance Distance : 8.98mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 89ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 0ft
Highest point Highest point : 338ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 249ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Newbury
Starting point Starting point : N 51.397806° / W 1.323115°
Arrival Arrival : N 51.414976° / W 1.5126°
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Description

(D)From Newbury railway station exit on the north side and bear right through the station forecourt to follow Cheap Street towards the river/canal. Turn left into Wharf Street passing the Tourist Information on your left and then right over the river/canal bridge and drop down to the towpath on the left.

(A)The route needs little further explanation as you stay on the canal towpath all the way to Hungerford where the railway station is very close to canalside path. During the walk you will be able see many boats using the canal including traversing the locks passed on the way. To the north of the canal lies the River Kennet and its flood plain.

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 249ft - Start: Newbury railway station
A : mi 8.98 - alt. 338ft - Finish: Hungerford train station

Useful Information

This linear walk follows the Kennet and Avon Canal westwards from Newbury to Hungerford and requires the use of two cars or rail travel between the start and end. It is probably best to park in Hungerford and take the regular train service to Newbury to start the walk.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

The Kennet and Avon Canal has a length of 87 miles and consists of two sections of navigable river linked by a canal. From Bristol to Bath the waterway follows the River Avon. Then a 57 mile-long canal section providing a link to the River Kennet at Newbury and on to Reading where the waterway continues along the River Thames. The canal was built between 1795 and 1810 but with the construction of railways it fell into disuse. The canal was subsequently restored in the 20th century including many locks and was reopened in 1990.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4/5


Walker
on Mon 03 Jun 2019 23:27:25 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 03/06/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Was a lovely walk and met so many friendly people on route But 2 hours in had to get the courage to walk past a small swarm of bees or wasps in a small hive that had been fixed to the fence close to the path. Other than that planning another route..


Walker
on Mon 25 Mar 2019 18:24:41 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 28/02/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Average

Straight along the canal so very easy to follow. Not the most exciting of walks.

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