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Walk #74: Wooton Rivers to Kintbury


I24	A lock at the summit of the Kennet and Avon Canal.
I24 A lock at the summit of the Kennet and Avon Canal.

General Data

Date Walked 03/04/2000
County Berkshire, Wiltshire
Start Location Wooton Rivers
End Location Holt Lodge (Kintbury)
Start time 09.15
End time 15.45
Distance 16.4 miles
Description Another day of canal walking, although at Hungerford I left the canal and headed cross-country to my B&B to the south.
Pack Full Pennine Way kit.
Condition My energy levels are fine, although my feet ached at the end. I was fairly cold and wet at the end, although my coat kept my trunk dry.
Weather Wet. very, very wet. This was made worse by a bitter north-easterly wind. Indeed, severe weather warnigs were issued.
OS map Landranger number 174 (Newbury & Wantage, Hungerford & Didcot) and Landranger number 173 (Swindon & Devizes, Marlborough & Trowbridge)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


The most notable thing about today was the weather, which was frankly awful and unusual for April. Indeed, they are forecasting sleet and snow for tomorrow so that promises to be a very not enjoyable day as well.

This B&B is marvellous - a very old (built in 1746) building and a nice old couple running it. The lodge has been in their family since it was built, and comes complete with a walled garden. The couple were very nice, and did not mind a very dishevelled and wet character (i.e. me) from entering.

The Lodge is quite some way from anywhere, and since the weather was so awful I was offered an evening meal. I agreed, and at eight thirty I was called down and was given a lovely and large evening meal. The parsnip soup starter, for instance, was home made and the parsnips had been in the ground a few hours earlier. The chicken was also lovely and in massive portions. Considering that they did not have to provide me with anything, it was well worth the extra money and I am very grateful to them for the lovely service that they provided. If I ever have cause to stay in he area then they will undoubtedly be my accommodation of choice.

For more details of the distances involved with this walk, please see Jim Shead's waterways pages.


The first stage of the walk from Wooton Rivers to Hungerford is very simple - just follow the Kennet and Avon Canal eastwards from Wooton Rivers Lock down through Great Berwyn and into Hungerford.

Because my B&B was not in Kintbury but 1.5 miles north of the village, I chose not to walk along the canal but to make for the B&B via roads. To achieve this, I headed east out of Hungerford town centre onto Hungerford Common. In the middle of the Common at SU345680 I took a right, heading south down a quieter road. Follow this road southwards past Cold Harbour Farm. The road is called Inkpen Road.

In Little Common take a bridleway that heads initially though woods past Balsdon Farm before heading southeast to the village of Inkpen. When the bridleway ends at Folly Road, follow the road directly eastwards. When this road ends take a footpath immediately opposite that leads down and up a small valley, passing Willow Farm before reaching another road. At the end of the footpath is a T-junction; take the road that leads eastwards, and follow it as it turns at Hell Corner to head northeastwards. When this road ends at yet another T-junction, turn left and then right up the driveway to Holt Lodge.


From To Distance (m)Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Wootton Rivers Great Bedwyn 6.2 108 164
Great Bedwyn Hungerford 4.8 75 144
Hungerford Holt Lodge 5.4 390 262

This makes a total distance of 16.4 miles, with 573 feet of ascent and 570 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #74
For more information on profiles, ascents and descents, see this page


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This walk was mentioned in the following routes:

My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk

Nearby walks

#TitleWalk length (miles)
73Devizes to Wooton Rivers14.9
75Kintbury to Newbury9.3
99Newbury to Reading19.6

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