Canoe Days Out

Berkshire - Kennet & Avon Canal - Dunmill Lock, Near Hungerford to Newbury

This page was submitted by Keith Day (E-mail this submitter)
How to get there - Dunmill Lock is the first lock east of Hungerford. Hungerford is located four miles to the South of Junction 14 on the M4. From the A4 turn south into Hungerford, pass over the canal and under the railway bridge. Turn left into Park Street. After 3/4 mile bear left onto Hungerford Road. Turn left at the next junction, go over the railway. The road bends sharp right. Park in the carpark on the right hand side.

For those with SatNav a nearby postcode is RG17 0UN.

Get a map with driving directions to start or end (enter the postcode of your starting point at A)

Suggested Launch Site - Portage across the canal and turn right onto the tow path.. Launch here.

General Description - This stretch of canal is very rural and attractive but there are locks (11 in total) at roughly 3/4 mile intervals all the way to Newbury. There is only one pub along the way - The Dundas Arms at Kintbury(after the third lock) but it's worth the stop.

The suggested recovery point in Newbury is at Newbury Wharf (now a car park) immediately prior to the dual carriageway bridge (see map).

The trip is a total of 8 miles and 11 locks.

If you want to extend it by a further one mile and one lock you can start in Hungerford itself. I suggest you unload the canoe to the west of Hungerford Town Bridge in Canal Walk and either park there if restrictions allow or park in one of the public car parks further south. Launch from the Green area to the west of the bridge (see map).


Hungerford Masacre
Kintbury History
Dundas Arms

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The last trip loaded was Great Haywood to Great Haywood (Circular Route) on the River Trent / Trent & Mersey Canal by Peter Robinson