|Picture by Bob Naylor©|
There will be a canal artist at work and you will be able to:
- learn to tie knots and lasso
- learn about canal life and history
- learn more about wildlife
- learn how to build model railways
There will also be homemade cakes and refreshments to enjoy on the lawn as you take in the beautiful scenery.
|Pictures by Bob Naylor©|
Entrance fee: £5 for adults. Children under 16 are free if accompanied by an adult.
John Rennie had the waterwheel powered pumping station built at Claverton to supply water to the Limpley Stoke valley length of the Kennet & Avon Canal.
It was completed in 1813 and it operated continuously until 1952. It then lay derelict for 15 years until a group of enhusiasts restored the waterwheel, beam engines and pumps to full working order.
It re-opened in 1978 and the Claverton Group continue to maintain and operate the Pumping Station.
The waterwheel and pumping machinery which are housed in a pump house built of Bath stone use the river's own power to pump water 48 feet up from the River Avon.
It burns no fuel and makes no waste — it is the ultimate in environmentally friendly technology.