Our self-drive narrowboat day hire on the Kennet and Avon (K&A) Canal, available March to end October, 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. This is a roughly 2hr journey each 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. We estimate a 3.5hr journey each way, so please bear in mind that you will have very little time to spend ashore at Honey Street.  This cruise to Honey Street boasts fabulous views to the Alton Barnes White Horse. (This is the horse on our logo: you will recognise its distinctive shape). The Barge Inn has fabulous beers and home cooked meals, and the lovely Honeystreet Mill Cafe is just beyond here… moor on the towpath before the bridge and walk over to it.  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.  We strongly recommend that you first turn the boat before you moor up, ready for your return journey- the turning point is beyond Honeystreet Wharf, but before the bridge.

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.

Click MOONLIGHTING or Moondancing for more information about our dayhire boats.

(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!)


Bridge Inn at Horton                        Kings Arms at All Cannings               The White Horse from Honeystreet