Suggested Route Options from Devizes Wharf

Weekend Break

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Friday 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.

Saturday: Set off – it’s either 2hrs to Honey Street, the Barge Inn (01672 851705), or 4hrs 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 1hr further. The thatched Royal Oak Inn (01672 810322) is excellent for dinner if you wish.

Turn round before Bridge 109 (Farm Bridge) – put bow of boat in until you just touch the railway sleepers, on just over ‘tick over’ push tiller to right and boat will gently come round, then into reverse tiller in opposite direction and gently take boat under the bridge so as to straighten up. You are now facing Pewsey again.

Sunday: If you stay the night at Wootton Rivers you will need to allow 6hrs ‘non-stop’ cruising if you need to leave your boat at Devizes Wharf on Sunday afternoon. However a gentler cruise on Sunday can place you at either Bishops Cannings or Horton ready for a short cruise to Devizes Wharf on Monday morning. Or, lunchtime Sunday at Honey Street (3hrs from Devizes) or the Kings Arms, All Cannings (2hrs to Devizes) mooring at Allington Swing Bridge area and taking the public footpath through fields to the pub. Evening meal available at either The Crown or the Horton Bridge Inn…or simply relaxing on a mooring in the countryside – to allow for a timely arrival at Devizes Wharf by 09.00 next morning.

 

Midweek Break – an extra day’s cruising….

 

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Monday 2pm -5pm: Arrive at Devizes Wharf (SN10 1DX), 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.

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) – 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 and reach 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 there you cruise to/through the 500-yard Bruce tunnel to Crofton top lock (1hr). It’s 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. An hour or so takes you down the Crofton flight to the pumping station. Opposite, the Wilton Windmill and Swan Inn are a half mile walk around the reservoir. For a relaxing break turn here and return to Wootton Rivers for the evening. If you’re active, continue on to Great Bedwyn (1hr) where there is the choice of the Cross Keys and the Three Tuns pubs, a post office and a 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 9hrs

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