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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 Protect, Enhance and Promote Britain’s best waterway. 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.

The Autumn 2019 version of our Trust magazine is now online. Please click here to view.


Following the relaxation of restrictions on opening of visitor attractions, we are now working to restore our activities where it is safe to do so.

Crofton Beam Engines will reopen to the public on Saturday 18 July at 10.30, and will then be open from Friday to Sunday each week, from 10.30 to 3.30.

We are now also taking bookings for holiday hire of Bruce Boats.  Please visit the Bruce Boats website or contact for more information.  We will make further announcements about restarting public trips on our other boats.  Full details will be published on the individual websites for each boat.

Our cafés have all reopened, apart from Crofton, but with some changes in opening times.  Up to date information can be found on social media.

The Museum at Devizes remains closed for the time being.  The Trust office is also closed, and staff are working from home.  Please see our Contact Us page for a full list of email addresses.

Annual General Meeting

In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, and the likelihood that restrictions will continue well into the summer, we have decided that the AGM planned for 16 May should be postponed. A revised date will be publicised on this website in due course, and details will also be sent to members who have provided email contact details. If necessary, the rescheduled meeting may be held ‘virtually’, using video conferencing facilities.

Crofton Beam Engines – Learning and Community Engagement Officer

Our site, Crofton Beam Engines, are looking to recruit a part-time Learning and Community Engagement Officer to help us develop our links with schools and the local community. For more information and how to apply, please click here.