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Kennet & Avon Canal

The Kennet & Avon Canal runs through the heart of Reading and has played a major role in the history and development of the town. Come along and hear about;

  • When and why the canal was built

  • The rise, decline and rise again of the canal

  • The role it played in the development of the town

  • What was Amelia Dyer's connection with the canal and what were her infamous deeds that led to her execution at Pentonville Prison

  • What is the canal's connection with invading 9th century Vikings

Tour starts from County Lock, Rear of The Anchorage, 34 Bridge Street, Reading (What3Words location - focus.burn.jokes)

Amount of walking - approximately 2 miles

Length of time - approximately 1.5 hours

Tour finishes at Caversham Lock

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