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Woolhampton on the K&A
Woolhampton is onwards from Aldermaston 4 miles and 3 locks so allow about 2 hours to proceed towards Thatcham.

Woolhampton on the K&A is between Aldermaston and Thatcham, railway runs alongside the canal route. Notable watering hole and hospitality at The Rowbarge Pub, also nearby difficult navigation so be careful! Woolhampton like Thatcham was an ancient settlement running along the River Kennet. In the village itself are the contrasting Coach and Horses and the Angel, pubs and restaurants to suit a variety of tastes.

The village lies on the northern edge of the flat flood plain of the River Kennet with the background of the Berkshire downs rising above the village to the north,some 400 feet over Bucklebury Common. The railway runs parallel to the K&A route there are a number of swing bridges in this area with strong currents so be alert and advised to adopt careful and vigilent navigation , we can brief you on the details, where the river meets the tail of the lock, it is a brisk introduction! 


Swing bridges are electrical now but remember that prior to automation this navigation alone could take 3 hours so if you think the pace is slow and relaxed now think what it was like before and much more tiring.

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A short walk north from Midgham Lock over the Midgham Bridge and you can enjoy a drink and a bite at the Coach and Horses. Link for details of the pub[more]

Colthrop Lock 91 after Midgham and before Monkey Marsh Lock [more]

Midgham Lock 92 between Woolhampton and Thatcham [more]

Heales Lock 93 after the Rowbarge and before Midgham Lock 92 [more]

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