Water supply to the western end of the canal was the main engineering challenge facing engineer John Rennie. The Crofton Beam Engines at Crofton Locks Summit are a masterpiece, using two steam pumps to lift water 40 feet to the canal. These engines, built in 1812 and 1845, are among the world's oldest working steam beam engines.
Address: Kennet & Avon Canal Trust car park (P&D) Crofton Beam Engines, Crofton, SN8 3DW
Visit time: 3hr - 4hrs
Price: Check website for latest information
Parking: There is a pay & display car park for visitors to Crofton Beam Engine
Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café
Crofton Pumping Station includes a gift shop, tea rooms and picnic area. The pretty village of Wilton is a half-mile footpath walk away from the Crofton Station. Here there is a pub and also the fully restored Wilton Windmill, which is open to the public and produces its own wholemeal flour. The area is a popular spot to ride your bike, take a walk or dangle a rod.
Crofton Beam Engines, Wilton Windmill, Great Bedwyn.
You might want to head to our Bridge 99 where, if you're lucky, you'll get to spot a steam train too!
You should see some narrowboats
Inside Crofton Beam Engine Visitor Centre
There are some benches dotted along the canal
Take in the stunning countryside and the historic Crofton Pumping Station
Get a different view of our canals
You may see:
You'll hear the delightful Song Thrush and if you're lucky, catch a glimpse of Common Lizards or Slow Worms sunning themselves on the towpath