Newbury to Hungerford via Kennet & Avon Canal

A Newbury walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 30/01/17

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
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h10[?]
Distance Distance : 14.45km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 27m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 0m
Highest point Highest point : 103m
Lowest point Lowest point : 76m
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°
Download : GPX track


(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 : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Start: Newbury railway station
A : km 14.45 - alt. km 14.45 - 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.

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

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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.

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