Midweek Break – an extra day’s cruising….

 

Monday 2pm -5pm: Arrive at Devizes Wharf (SN10 1EB), load gear on to boat, park car, receive boat handover training (about 1hr) then set off for the Bridge Inn, Horton (01380 860273)* or into the open countryside for a secluded rural mooring. you are advised to pre-book for a Friday night. Moor on towpath side of canal, not too close to a bridge or on a swing bridge landing stage. (* Bridge Inn is open for drinks only on Monday evenings).

Tuesday: Set off – it’s either 2hrs to Honey Street, the Barge Inn (01672 851705), or 4hrs to Pewsey, the Waterfront Bistro/Bar (01672 564020) – they may be able to reserve you a mooring if you book a meal with them in advance! But don’t forget the scenery is idyllic along this beautiful 15 mile pound so there is no need to have to do any more than simply moor in the countryside for a picnic or barbeque lunch or dinner! At Pewsey Wharf the bustling village with its lovely museum is a mile down the road  – the station, shops and pubs are here. Chocolate-box Wootton Rivers is an hour further: the best mooring at Wootton Rivers is above the first or second lock. The thatched Royal Oak Inn (01672 810322) is excellent for dinner if you wish. If you like boating you could, having ascended the four locks to the summit, cruise to Burbage Wharf for the evening. A walk to the nearby Three Horseshoes pub, or a specially reserved mooring at historic Burbage Wharf (our home!) are on offer.

Wednesday: if you moored at Wootton Rivers it is about 1.5hrs to Burbage Wharf. From here you can turn and retrace your steps or cruise on through the 500-yard Bruce tunnel to Crofton top lock (1hr). (It’s also a lovely walk over the tunnel past the remains of the two old Savernake rail stations and the former hotel, now tastefully converted to private apartments).  We recommend you moor at Crofton Top Lock and then stroll down the Crofton flight to see or visit the Crofton Beam Engines and pumping station. Opposite, the Wilton Windmill and Swan Inn are about a mile’s walk around/ past Wilton Water, adjacent to and feeding the water for the Kennet & Avon Canal. For a relaxing break turn here and return to Wootton Rivers for the evening. If you’re active, continue on to Great Bedwyn (2hrs) where there is the Three Tuns pubs, a post office and bakery. From here you can also catch a train to Hungerford and walk back along the canal bank to the boat. Turn here and return to the summit or to Wootton Rivers for the evening. Total cruising time from Great Bedwyn back to Devizes is 10hrs

Thursday: Retrace your steps perhaps stopping for lunch at Wilcot Wide next to Ladies Bridge or at the Barge Inn/Honeystreet Cafe. Moor for the evening no further away than Bishops Cannings to allow a timely arrival next morning before 09.00.