Our self-drive narrowboat day hire on the Kennet and Avon (K&A) Canal offers an easterly, lock-free, cruising route from Devizes Wharf in Wiltshire. You’ll cruise through stunning scenery as you travel along the Vale of Pewsey as far as either All Cannings, turning just before Allington swing bridge, or to Honey Street, turning just beyond the wharf there.

For a relaxing cruise aim for All Cannings with perhaps a lunch stop along the way. We’d recommend  The Kings Arms in All Cannings village (best to book in advance for your party – 01380 860328) which is accessible directly south from the swing bridge across the fields. Of course you could always pack a picnic: our dayhire boat has a small galley including two ring hob. Please do not moor the boat on the bridge moorings or in the turning point at  Allington swing bridge!

 

For a longer cruise you could boat as far as Honey Street and turn there. Honey Street boasts both a super cafe and the famous Barge Inn, but you would probably be too tight for time to enjoy a full lunch and return in good time, so a picnic or on board meal would probably be the order of the day. If time permits you could perhaps moor up and try one the selection of ales at The Barge, or have a quick cake at the cafe and soak up the spectacular views of the Alton Barnes White Horse. This is the horse on our logo: you will recognise its distinctive shape!

Bridge Inn at Horton         Kings Arms at All Cannings      Barge Inn at Honeystreet

Keep an eye on the time on a day hire, though! Remember that only once you have turned the boat should you check your timings and allow at least the same time for the return journey.  Of course, if you’ve enjoyed yourselves , you may like to consider a longer cruise on one of our gorgeous short breaks or even a week away; there are many places to stop and eat on the way to Hungerford and back.

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(N.B. To the immediate west of Devizes Wharf lie the Caen Hill Locks which you are not permitted to descend – you’d spend all day going down, then up again!)