One Week Hire


DAY 1: 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 the Crown Inn, Bishops Cannings (01380 860218); 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. You may have time to boat all the way to Honey Street (3hrs from Devizes) but with a late arrival moorings may be hard to secure.

DAY 2: Set off – it’s either 2hrs to Honey Street, the Barge Inn (01672 851705), or 3hrs to Pewsey, the Waterfront Bistro/Bar (01672 564020) – 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 from the Wharf – 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, reach Burbage Wharf for the evening. A short walk to the nearby Three Horseshoes pub, or a specially reserved mooring at historic Burbage Wharf (our home!) are on offer.

DAY 3: From the summit you will comfortably reach Hungerford today with a lunch stop at Great Bedwyn where there are two pubs, the Cross Keys and the Three Tuns, a bakers and a Post Office plus the railway station. Hungerford is a lovely town with all facilities, famous for its antique shops, and has a nice wharf to moor at, space permitting.

DAY 4: This evening marks the half-way point of your week’s holiday so REMEMBER to TURN before the day is out so you arrive back in Devizes in good time not to forfeit your deposit! This is a delightful section of canal with the infant River Kennet criss-crossing the canal all the way now. Towards Kintbury you might meet the horse drawn trip boat – remember to steer on the far side of the boat to where the horse is pulling! Turn at Kintbury for a relaxing week, perhaps returning to moor in the watermeadows below Hungerford. Adventurers may reach Newbury this evening but beware of long days back, as above: – no speeding or night boating please! Do not try to over-extend your outward journey; most hirers go as far as Kintbury, but only a few make it to Newbury. Doing this means long days on board and missing some of the delights of Wiltshire along the way.

DAY 5: If you moored at Hungerford cruise back up to the summit, perhaps mooring before the tunnel to explore the Savernake Forest with dinner on board. If at Newbury, cruise back past Hungerford to reach either Hungerford Marsh or the top of the Froxfield Locks for a remote country mooring for the evening.

DAY 6: Both routes today should lead to an evening mooring in the Pewsey area, allowing around 6 hrs cruising back to Devizes on your last full day.

DAY 7: If you left Pewsey today, why not stop for a morning snack at the pretty Wide at Wilcot, or pause for lunch at the Barge Inn at Honey Street? Moor for the evening no further away than Bishops Cannings to allow a timely arrival next morning before 09.00.

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