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Garston Lock


Planning your visit

Address: Sheffield bottom lock Picnic Park car park, Swingbridge, Off Hanger Road, Theale, RG7 4AJ View on Google map

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Toilets: None on site

Garston Lock is one of two remaining turf sided locks built by engineer, John Hore, the other being Monkey Marsh at Thatcham, and both are scheduled ancient monuments. On the Kennet River end of the the Kennet & Avon Canal, why not cycle to Garston Lock and find out what's special about it!

Sheffield Bottom Lock is the next lock west along the towpath and it's there you'll find a picnic park. And both these locks sit within a set of ponds and reservoirs that are part of the Theale Nature Reserve.

Things to do and see

Picnic spot:

There is a picnic area along side Sheffield Lock

Wildlife spotting:

Definitely the place to take our free nature spotters' guide with you. Spot waterbirds such as mute swans, mallard, coot, moorhens. You may even catch sight of a kingfisher!

Getting here

By car - there's a canalside car park off Hanger Road, signed Sheffield Bottom Lock Picnic Area. Take the first left after swingbridge from Theale, or turn right before swingbridge from other direction. It's a half mile walk or cycle from here to Garston Lock

By train - Theale Station is just a 10 minute walk away

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