Walking at Hungerford Wharf

Walking at Hungerford Wharf is a flat and scenic walk, the route we took was a circular walk which included walking through the town of Hungerford and along the canal at Hungerford Wharf.

About Hungerford Wharf

Hungerford Wharf was once a busy industrial canal which is now popular for walking, cycling, fishing, boating and canoeing.

At Hungerford Wharf you will find The Rose of Hungerford and The Kennet Horse Boat Company. In Hungerford itself there are a number of places to get food from shops, bakeries and hotels including The Three Swans.

Where did we walk?

We parked the car at Church Street Car Park (full details below) and walked left out of the car park into Hungerford. We then walked down the high street, under the railway bridge and then down towards the road bridge which crosses over the canal. We kept to the left and walked down the passage next to the bridge which allowed us to access the canal tow path, this is where we saw the Rose of Hungerford moored. Here you will find a map of the canal.

The Rose of Hungerford

We went left up the tow path to the Hungerford Lock where we stopped for a picnic and watched a boat coming through the lock.

Canal at Hungerford
Hungerford Lock
Hungerford Wharf

After stopping at Hungerford Lock with continued up the canal until we reached St Lawrences Church and church swing bridge. Here were headed on a circular walk back to the town but you could have carried on the tow path up to Hungerford Marsh Lock with swing bridge.

Canal Path Hungerford
Swing Bridge Hungerford
Hungerford Wharf Swinging Bridge and Church

There were ducks throughout our walk along the canal, so you could take some food to feed them.

Once we had reached the church and had walked over the swing bridge for a look and a few photos, we then walked through the St Lawrence’s Church yard which takes you onto Parsonage Lane. At Parsonage Lane with the church gates behind you we walked left, past The Croft Hall and then the tennis and bowls club all on your left hand-side. Opposite the tennis courts was ‘The Croft’, open green space, where we found Leonard The Hungerford Lockdown Snake. You then carry on walking with the green on your right down Parsonage Lane which takes you to a walkway between buildings until you come back out onto the High Street. Turn right and walk under the railway bridge and then take the first road on the right, past the library and you are back at the car park.

St Lawrences Church in Hungerford
Leonard the Lockdown Snake
Lenoard the Lockdown Snake Hungerford
Map of The Croft, Hungerford
Is the walk dog and buggy friendly?

The walk is dog friendly. It is also flat so buggy friendly, we visited in the spring so it may be muddy in places during the winter months.

Where did we park?

We parked at Church Street Car Park, Hungerford, RG17 0JH. The car park has 55 spaces. Click here to view the parking charges. We visited on a Sunday and the car park was free of charge (do check this before parking in case it has changed).

There were also public toilets at the car park.

The train-line also ran next to the car park, so we managed to wave to a couple of trains.

If you have enjoyed reading about Walking at Hungerford Wharf why not have a look at other Walks by Water in Berkshire or Buggy Friendly Walks in Berkshire.

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