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 just reopened (no kitchen yet, but not enough time for a pub lunch here… perhaps a swift half!) 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 suggest 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 for more information about our dayhire boat.

(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

A reminder concerning alcohol and behaviour on Moonlighting

Drink-Drive laws apply when in charge of any vehicle including boats, so if you are steering the boat you must be below the legal alcohol limit. We want everyone to enjoy their time on Moonlighting for all the right reasons, so you will appreciate that following a couple of recent isolated incidents of hirers behaving inappropriately on the canal, we have decided to tighten up on our already existing alcohol policy.  We have no wish to be party poopers – a cold glass whilst cruising through the countryside is one of life’s pleasures – but we will now require that any alcohol brought on to the boat will need to be checked in before loading and will be limited to 6 units per adult (this is equivalent to roughly half a bottle of wine or a couple of pints of beer per adult). Hire will be immediately terminated (with no refund of monies or deposit) should the boat be seen to be speeding or disregarding other vessels, or should there be any complaints of inappropriate behaviour or foul language.

Your safety, and the safety of other canal users, is our concern and we thank you for your support and respect in this matter.