River Kennet

River Kennet

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River Licensing Information

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The River Kennet is a river in the south of England and one of the many tributaries of the River Thames.

The Kennet is a river popular with people practising their white water skills. It has good ‘starter’ playspots and small rapids along the route.

Notably, Newbury is a good grade 1 section where paddlers can practice their white water skills, but there are a couple of weirs here too which paddlers should be aware of – see above map for more.

County Weir is also a good playspot to be aware of for those looking to practice their playboating skills.

Wildlife on the River Kennet

As well as a good river for beginners to white water, the Kennet is also a good place for nature lovers to paddle. It has many plants and endangered species.

Thriving populations of water vole, grass snake, reed bunting, brown trout and brook lamprey are present along the Kennet.

During early morning in summer in the marshy meadowlands of the Kennet you can hear warblers.

The churr of the Sedge Warbler is a common sound near the river. Also, the Willow Warbler and the monotonous song of the similar-looking Chiffchaff are likely to be heard from bushes.

Pipistrelle bats can also regulars. They feed on small flying insects near the river. You can also see Daubentons hunting above the water on the river.