Swing Riots Walk - BLHA

A FREE outdoor event for the historically minded! See below for booking details.

The BLHA has arranged a walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal from Kintbury to HUngerford. Meet at Kintbury Station at 10.30am. The walk will be looking at sites connected with the Swing Riots of 1830, from the grave of local leader William Winterbourne, in Kintbury churchyard, to Hungerford Town Hall.

The Swing Riots were a protest by impoverished agricultural labourers against the new threshing machines, which they believed were putting them out of work. West Berkshire was one of many areas in Southern England where the protests took place. The name 'Swing Riots' comes from their mythical leader, Captain Swing, who sneigned a threatening letter sent to The Times.

Distance 5 miles with optional pub lunch in Hungerford. Please arrange your own transport.

This is a Free Event, but please contact Membership Secretary Ann Smith on

email: membership@blha.org.uk or phone 01189 783430 to reserve a place


Monday, 28 June 2021 - 10:30am
Event location: 
Kintbury Station
RG17 9UN
United Kingdom