The Kennet and Avon Canal

Between Pewsey and the confluence of the Kennet with the Thames, the Kennet and Avon Canal is close to the railway. By using the train for one leg of a journey, you can leave a car at one station or a nearby pub (but ask first) take the train as far as you like, then walk back, along an almost level towpath.
On weekdays there is an hourly rail service between adjacent stations from Bedwyn to Reading.
Between Pewsey and Bedwyn on Saturdays there is one convenient direct train in each direction. If the timings don't suit, you could start at the middle, say Wootton Rivers, Savernake or Wilton, and put the rail transfer and pub stop between two halves of the walk. The Crofton Beam Engines are on the route, while Wilton Windmill is a mile from the canal.
Use the links to all pubs below, and the link to the National Rail Timetable when you have decided which stretch to walk and when - the distances are indicated. Pub postcodes are all somewhere on their websites.
Alternatively you could use the half-hourly Jet Black bus service along the A4 between Newbury and Reading: this enables the Coach and Horses at Midgham to be used as a starting point. There are also less frequent services between Newbury and Hungerford, and Hungerford and Savernake that might be handy.
A map is hardly required. Just make sure you go in the right direction, and don't fall in! The water does not taste very nice.
RAIL STATIONS
and intervening
distances

Pewsey
9m
Bedwyn
5.5 m
Hungerford
3 m
Kintbury
6 m
Newbury
3.5 m
Thatcham
3 m
Midgham
2 m
Aldermaston
4.5 m
Theale
4.5 m
Reading
3 m (ret)
(Confluence)
PUBS ON OR NEAR THE CANAL



French Horn
Royal Oak (Wootton Rivers) Swan (Wilton, 1/2m from the canal)
Three Tuns
Harrow (Little Bedwyn) Pelican (A4 Froxfield)
John of Gaunt, Three Swans
Down Gate (Hungerford Common)

Dundas
Red House (Marsh Benham)
Lock Stock and Barrel, Hogshead, The Hatchet (Wetherspoons)

Swan
Coach and Horses (A4 mid-way at Midgham)
Row Barge; Angel, (A4 in Woolhampton)

Butt

Fox and Hounds (Sheffield Bottom)
Cunning Man (Burghfield Bridge)
The Oracle Lots of other pubs
Fisherman's Cottage
Nothing at the confluence - return via Thames bank as far as Reading Bridge.

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