Set high above the village of Wilton, about 9 miles south east of Marlborough, Wilton Windmill is the only working windmill in Wessex and still produces wholemeal, stone-
The construction of the Kennet and Avon Canal in this area involved canalising the waters of the River Bedwyn, thereby taking away the power to drive several water mills that were used to grind corn in the vicinity. The windmill was constructed to replace these water mills. It can be reached by a pleasant country walk from Crofton. A reciprocal entry price discount scheme is operated.
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The Kennet and Avon Canal
The Kennet &Avon Canal joins the River Avon at Bath to the Thames at Reading via the River Kennet. It was completed in 1810 and formed a major transport route between London and the West Country. The highest point of the canal, known as the summit, is just to the west of Crofton Beam Engines. It is 137 m (450 ft) above sea level and keeping it supplied with water is the reason for the pumping station’s existence. Water is pumped from Wilton Water, adjacent to the station and raised 12m (40 ft) to the summit. Locally, the picturesque canal follows the Vale of Pewsey, an exceptionally fertile stretch of countryside supporting productive farms, a multitude of wildlife and several attractive towns and villages. To the West is the town of Pewsey with its famous Carnival, the newly-
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Crofton, situated amongst gently undulating countryside and alongside the canal, is ideally placed to offer a number of country walks. In our shop, you will find a small booklet describing a selection. The walks take from 1 hour to 2½ hours to complete and could be added easily to a trip around the pumping station. The walking is not difficult although waterproof boots might prove useful on some stretches which use the canal towpath and grass tracks. For those wanting something more ambitious, we sell the local Ordinance Survey map in the shop.
Marlborough is situated in the picturesque rural north-
The town displays the confidence of wealth from times past, yet today remains vibrant and progressive with its own chic café culture.
The Merchant’s House –
The cosmopolitan flavour of the town is greatly enhanced by the annual International Jazz Festival which takes place in July and the Food Festival in October.
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