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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

Spring 2021 Edition of The Butty 

Members should shortly receive their copies of the 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 will be held on Saturday 22 May at 11 am.  It will be a ‘hybrid’ meeting, with members able to join by Zoom.  The formal Notice is here.  The Report and Accounts for 2020 are here.  If you wish to attend the AGM, please contact the Devizes office (, or by post to the address below) saying whether you wish to join by Zoom or attend in person, by Thursday 13 May.  If you cannot attend, a Proxy Form is here.  

Reopening Plans for 2021

With publication of the roadmap for exit from lockdown, we can now start planning the restarting of our activities for the 2021 season.

Holiday hire bookings for Bruce Boats will be open for single households (including any linked household) from late April, with our public trip boats restarting in late May.  We expect Crofton Beam Engines to reopen on 22 May, with the engines in steam on 26 and 27 June.  We are also hoping that our Museum at Devizes will reopen in June.

All these dates are subject to change if the timescales for moving to Step 3 of the roadmap is extended.  Please check the website and social media for any 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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