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 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.
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:
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