The Hungerford Branch of the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust covers a particularly beautiful stretch of the canal, between Kintbury and Great Bedwyn. The River Dun parallels the canal from Kintbury, through Hungerford and onwards across Freeman’s Marsh, a large open nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. From Froxfield, the canal climbs steadily through open farmland towards the villages of Little and Great Bedwyn.
The Branch works with a number of partners including the Hungerford Chamber of Commerce, Town Council and Action for the River Kennet (ARK) a group of people who care about the River Kennet, who want to see this valuable chalk stream protected. In addition we participate in local events such as the famous Hungerford Extravaganza.
The Rose of Hungerford
Our main activity is running The Rose of Hungerford, a traditional widebeam boat, based at Hungerford Wharf, which offers regular public trips and private charters along the canal.
We need you!
We’re looking for Volunteers who would like to be involved in the operation, marketing and running of The Rose of Hungerford boat. There are various roles to get involved with including helming, outside crewing, operating locks, servicing and maintenance, inside hosting, looking after our guests, manning the bar, serving food and drinks or even becoming a Skipper by qualifying as a professional Boatmaster. Full safety training will be given, as well as training in whatever role you choose. Most of our volunteers are trained in multiple roles so no two trips are ever the same.