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If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Planning your visit
History and heritage
Things to do and see
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Kennet & Avon Canal Trust car park (P&D) Crofton Beam Engines, Crofton, SN8 3DW
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See www.croftonbeamengines.org for opening times and prices
For customers of the local pub/café
Water supply to the western end of the Kennet & Avon 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.
Crofton Pumping Station is owned by the The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, who run it day to day, including the 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.
A short walk away...
You might want to head to our Bridge 99 where, if you're lucky, you'll get to spot a steam train too!
Where does the water come from?
Managing our water is a full time job - here's how Crofton gets its water
Places to eat:
There are some benches dotted along the canal
As well as our friends the swans, ducks and moorhens, you'll probably hear the delightful song thrushes. And if you're very lucky, catch a glimpse of Common Lizards or Slow Worms sunning themselves on the towpath. Find out what else with our free nature spotters' guide
By car - there's a pay & display car park for visitors to Crofton Beam Engine
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