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Planning your visit

Address: Kennet & Avon Canal Trust car park (P&D) Crofton Beam Engines, Crofton, SN8 3DW

Price: Check website for latest information

Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café

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.

Great for

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.

  • Dog walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Canoe trail


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!

Spot a boat

You should see some narrowboats


Picnic spot

There are some benches dotted along the canal



You may see:

  • Swans
  • Mallard ducks
  • Coots
  • Moorhens
  • Tufted ducks

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


There is a pay & display car park for visitors to Crofton Beam Engine