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Welcome to the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust. We’re the charity that saved the Kennet & Avon Canal which runs from Bristol to Reading. Now we work to promote the Kennet and Avon Canal to the benefit of all its users, the communities through which it passes, and its heritage.  Our Vision and Strategy is here.

Browse our site to find out about our boat trips, our steam engines, our events and our cafes. Lots to do along the very best 87 miles in southern England.

Please note that if you would like to get in touch with us, the best way to do so is currently by email. Please email and your query will be passed to the relevant person or see our Contact Us page for a full list of email addresses.  

Latest News

Crofton’s next (and last!) steaming days for 2021 will be Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September, booking recommended. August was VERY busy.

Full details and booking via

There are also full details on our ‘What’s On’  page for Virtual and In Person Heritage Open Days in September and Arts Award Explore in October.

Spring 2021 Edition of The Butty 

An online copy can be read here.

A Word version of the form requesting confirmation of membership details is here.

Annual General Meeting

The Trust’s Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 22 May at 11 am.  The draft minutes are here.  The Report and Accounts for 2020 are here

Reopening Plans for 2021

With publication of the roadmap for exit from lockdown, our activities are now restarting for the 2021 season.

Holiday hire bookings for Bruce Boats are now open, currently for a maximum of two households (including any linked household).  Our public trip boats also now restarting operations – see ‘boat trips’ for up to date details. 

Crofton Beam Engines is now open every weekend and Bank Holiday Monday until the end of September.  Full details are at

Our Museum at Devizes is currently open from 10am-3pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

All future dates are subject to change.  Please check the website and social media for the latest updates.

Support the Trust as you shop online!

Following a suggestion from some of our Branches, you can now support the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust on #easyfundraising. When you sign up as a supporter, 4,700 shops and sites will donate for free, every time you shop online.  This includes the big names like eBay, John Lewis & Partners, Argos, ASOS, Expedia, M&S, Just Eat and many more.  You can sign up at  We have also joined Amazon’s charity support scheme, Amazon Smile.  If you have an Amazon account, select the Trust as your preferred charity after logging into the Amazon Smile page at


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