We took a visit to Aldermaston Wharf, which is home to part of the Kennet and Avon Canal and just 1.5 miles away from Aldermaston in West Berkshire.
What did we see and do at Aldermaston Wharf?
After parking the car (details below), we went straight to find the canal. From the car park we walked through the grounds of the quaint Aldermaston Tea Rooms garden which had a one way system from the car park. Then we were immediately on the canal.
First of all we turned right and walked up to the electric lifting bridge which went over the canal. We crossed over the road and watched a canal barge going through Aldermaston Lock, lock number 95. It was a manual lock so my eldest had plenty of questions to ask about how to lock opens and works. Once the boat was through we then walked up the tow path a bit to look at the boats. We walked just beyond the white bridge and then turned back on ourselves.
Then we headed back down the tow path, crossing the electric lifting bridge and past the tea room. We carried on down the tow path until we reached lock number 96 Padworth Lock where we saw two more boats coming through the lock.
We then re-traced our footsteps to watch the boats that came through Padworth Lock going through the electric lifting bridge.
We had a fantastic morning out, observing canal life. We did not go to the tea room this time but definitely will next time we visit. The whippy ice-creams looked amazing as did their other food. All the staff were in masks and gloves, with hand sanitiser upon entrance, a staff member to greet you and a one way system in place.
The walk along the canal was flat so great for buggies and it’s dog friendly. There is also National Cycling Network number 4 sign posted on the route.
Where did we park?
There is a small car park at Aldermaston Tea Rooms (The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust Aldermaston Wharf Tea Rooms and Visitors Centre Car Park), Postcode: RG7 4JS. Currently due to Covid-19 there is an honesty box for parking by the entrance to the cafe.
We loved our time at the canal and will definitely be exploring more of the Kennet and Avon Canal in the future.
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