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Institute of Tourists Guiding

MR 04676

The Kennet Valley

The ancient route to the west

Exploring the Kennet Valley

Newbury, Hungerford and Marlborough are just three of the small towns that are dotted along the Kennet Valley.  We could also add places like Lambourn, Pewsey and Devizes in the slightly wider area.

The River Kennet rises near Avebury, with its fabulous stone circle as part of a wider ancient historical area.  It was along the Kennet Valley that those settlers arrived from Europe.

Routes still follow that valley, and it is those that allow us to get into the heart of this ancient landscape, and to explore the more recent settlements.

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Create your ideal day by selecting any of the options from the table below. Choose from distance, time or types of activity. At any point, feel free to get in touch and we will help you build the perfect tour for you and your group.

Type of activityApproximate lengthFeatures
An introduction to the Kennet Valley
Half day, up to 4 hours
A tour and a town
Half day, up to 4 hours
Includes a town stop
Discovering more of the Kennet Valley
Full day, up to 9 hours
A drive and a visit
Full day, up to 9 hours
Includes a town or venue visit

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Getting the most from our tours:

We offer a half day or a full day tour by coach along appropriate parts of the Kennet Valley.

On the half day tour, we can include a visit to one of the towns, Newbury, Hungerford, or Marlborough.

For a full day we could visit the World Heritage Site at Avebury, take a boat trip or visit Crofton Pumping Station on the Kennet and Avon Canal or spend longer exploring those Kennet Valley towns.

The choice is yours.

Take a look at previous tours in the Kennet Valley

Qualifications and accreditations

  • Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding
  • Member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides
  • Blue Badge Guide for South and South East England 2011
  • Blue Badge Guide for South West England 2014
  • Ambassador for the Great West Way
  • Member of Association of West Country Tourist Guides
  • Guiding endorsement for Windsor and Eton
  • Member of Association of Wessex Tourist Guides

Sam Evans

Humphreys of Henley

Graham is one of our clients’ favourite guides! They tell us that he is not only informative, but fun and entertaining, bringing the stunning destinations across southern England to life. We love to introduce Graham to our clients because he finds out about them and makes the whole experience truly personal.

HF Holidays guest

Don’t think he could improve! Excellent in all respects.

Lin Wilson

Solent Events & Leisure, Gosport

Thanks Graham and thank you for a superb tour yesterday. It was both interesting and amusing which we love! Everyone really enjoyed the whole day and are now eager to book my next one, which is great.

British visitor


Thank you so much for all the work you put into a most interesting day in Reading yesterday.  You were a wonderful guide.

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