Planning your visit
Address: Kennet & Avon Canal Trust car park (P&D) Crofton Beam Engines, Crofton, SN8 3DW View on Google map
Opening Times: See www.croftonbeamengines.org for opening times and prices
Toilets: For use of visitors to Crofton Beam Engines.
Water supply to the western end of the Kennet & Avon Canal was the main engineering challenge facing engineer John Rennie. Crofton Beam Engines at Crofton Locks Summit is a masterpiece, using two steam pumps to lift water from Wilton Water reservoir 40 feet to the canal. These engines, built in 1812 and 1846, are among the world's oldest working steam beam engines.
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.
Places to eat:
Visitors are encouraged to bring picnics to enjoy on the grounds.
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