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Aldermaston Wharf in Berkshire

Padworth, Reading. Berkshire RG7 4JS

Things to do from Aldermaston Wharf

Cruise the Kennet & Avon Canal to Bath and Bristol. You can also cruise on the River Thames.

Windsor Castle - An official residence of HM The Queen Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Visit the State Apartments and marvel at the vast amount of treasures from the Royal collection. Take a guided tour which gives you a chance to take a glance at life at this magnificent castle.

Reading - For a shoppers paradise visit The Oracle which is situated in the heart of the town centre which combines chic boutiques with major department stores. For a vast choice of dining experiences visit one of the many Riverside restaurants, cafes and bars which stretch along banks of the River Kennet.

Oxford - Visit the City of Dreaming Spires and marvel at the unique blend of traditional and modern culture. As well as the beauty of the city's world famous colleges Oxford offers a host of tourist attractions and a vast selection of restaurants and pubs which give this historic city a vibrant and cosmopolitan feel.

The Roman Baths - Built by the Romans as a magnificent temple and bathing complex visit this World Heritage Site and meet the Roman costumed characters. Walk in their footsteps and hear the stories from the people who lived and worked there 2,000 years ago.


By Road : Leave the M4 at junction 12 and at the roundabout take the first exit onto the A4, Bath Road.At the next roundabout take the second exit following A4, Bath Road.Again at the next roundabout take the second exit following A4, Bath Road.At the next roundabout take the second exit following A340, Basingstoke Road.Take a left turn on Wharfside and the marina office is straight ahead.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Aldermaston which is 300 metres away. For more information about train timetables and ticket costs please go to

By Air : London Heathrow airport is 40 miles away (45 minutes by car), and Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports are all linked to Reading by motorway and bus services

Aldermaston Wharf is well positioned for cruising the picturesque and peaceful Kennet and Avon Canal and the River Thames.

Aldermaston Wharf Cruising Map

3 Night Cruises | 4 Night Cruises | 1 Week Cruises | 2 Week Cruises


3 night Cruises

Aldermaston Wharf to Kintbury and return.


4 Night Cruises

Aldermaston Wharf to Hungerford and return.


1 Week Cruises

Aldermaston Wharf to Pewsey & returnPewsey and return Cruising Route Map

7 Nights, 6.5 hours per day, 90 locks

Starting from the small boating centre of Aldermaston Wharf, cruise west to the picturesque market town of Newbury. There are some nice pubs at the canalside village of Kintbury before arriving at Hungerford, stop off and visit the numerous antique shops and admire the charming canalscape. Then it’s on to Great Bedwyn and Crofton Pump Station, home to the world’s oldest working beam engine. Don’t miss the historic conservation village at Wootton Rivers on your way to the traditional village of Pewsey with its beautiful thatched cottages.


Aldermaston Wharf to Windsor & return (including River Thames cruising)Windsor and return Crusing Route Map

7 Nights, 5.5 hours per day, 42 locks

A short cruise takes you to Reading, with its host of facilities where you join the Thames and cruise downstream through the rowing town of Henley, the charming town of Marlow, where Shelley and T.S. Eliot once lived, and Cookham, home to the Stanley Spencer art gallery. Moor up at Taplow for a visit to Cliveden House and, if your budget is up to it, at Bray, where you could enjoy a fine meal at either Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck or the Roux brothers’ Waterside Inn.Visit Eton College before arriving at the royal town of Windsor, famous for its castle, and nearby Legoland


Aldermaston Wharf to Oxford & return (including River Thames cruising)Oxford and return Cruising Route Map

7 Nights, 6 hours per day, 46 locks

Cruise east to Reading, with its wide range of facilities and then join the River Thames upstream to Elizabethan Maledurham House, a magnificent Elizabethan building, complete with working corn mill.

Just after Goring, moor up for a visit to Beale Bird Park and then it’s on to the pretty market town of Abingdon via Wallingford.

The historic dreaming spires of Oxford now await you.

Don’t miss a visit to the fabulous Ashmolean Museum and Bodleian Library while you’re here.


Two week cruisesLechlade & return Crusing Route Map

Aldermaston Wharf to Lechlade or Teddington & return (including River Thames cruising)

14 Nights, 8 hours per day, 70 locks

Head east to join the Thames for an unforgettable cruise along this great river.

You’ll pass Windsor, famous for its castle and nearby Legoland, before arriving at Hampton Court Palace, home of kings.

Then return via Reading and cruise to Oxford and on through the peaceful Oxfordshire countryside to the Cotswold town of Lechlade


Aldermaston Wharf to Bath & returnBath and return Cruising Route Map

14 Nights, 6.5 hours per day, 176 locks

Cruise almost the entire length of the beautiful Kennet and Avon Canal going west from Padworth via the picturesque market town of Newbury and then on to Hungerford.

The historic conservation village of Wootton Rivers is well worth a visit before you reach Devizes, with its amazing flight of locks at Caen Hill. Bradford-on-Avon is a pretty market town with a 14th century tithe barn, which lies a few miles from highlight of your cruise – the graceful Georgian city of Bath, which boasts a host of good restaurants and some great shopping.

Customer Testimonial

I'd like to say a big 'thank you' to the staff at Union Wharf for the great service afforded us last weekend. We had a warm welcome and received explanations about the process for loading the boat, the tuition and how your system works, including how things worked on board. We were very pleased with the boat - good condition, clean, tidy and very well equipped. The tuition and information we received was straightforward and well-delivered, which helped us to enjoy a very lovely weekend - thank you. I would certainly recommend you in the future. Sue Bridgehouse

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