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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.

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 admin@katrust.org.uk 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

Autumn Butty Magazine 

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Trust will not be producing paper copies of our Autumn Butty. To view online please follow this link – Autumn Butty 2020

We hope you will enjoy this opportunity to read news from across our Trust branches. 

Annual General Meeting

The 58th Annual General Meeting of the Trust was held on 19 September, with 11 members attending in person and a further 10 by Zoom.  As well as approving the reappointment of directors, the meeting approved new Articles which confirm that attendance at an AGM may be by electronic means, with a lower quorum.  The new Articles can be found under Trust Documents, and the draft minutes in the Annual Report section.

2020 season

Crofton Beam Engines has now closed for the 2020 season.  A ’thank you’ video has been posted on the Crofton website.  Plans are already being developed to allow the engines to steam again in 2021.

Both Barbara McLellan and Rose of Hungerford were able to operate some trips within the 2020 season, with Barbara McLellan also offering some special Christmas themed trips. Unfortunately, our usual Santa Trips were not able to proceed as normal.  Bruce Boats have also welcomed visitors for holiday hire, although the ‘rule of six’ has had an impact on recent bookings.