The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust

The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust

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  • Museums / heritage

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What are we here to do?

  • To promote the Kennet and Avon Canal to the benefit of all its users, the communities through which it passes, and its heritage

  • To be a voice for users of the Kennet and Avon Canal - whether on the water or on the towpath

  • To preserve the heritage of the canal, by promoting protection and restoration of historic features and making them accessible to visitors, canal users and local communities

  • To provide opportunities for all members of the public, and in particular community groups and those who are disadvantaged or disabled, to access the canal whether on boats or along the towpath

  • To develop new ways of enabling the public to experience the canal and its history, and widen the range of people who can engage with it


We own and open to the public Crofton Beam Engines - the oldest beam engine in the world still in its original location and still able to do the job for which it was built (pumping water to the summit level of the canal).  Through our trading subsidiary, we also operate five trip boats and a fleet of accessible boats adapted for holiday hire by people with any form of disability or who are disadvantaged in any way.

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