The kennet and avon canal is made up of three different sections two navigable rivers and one man made canal. Our cycle route changes too.
Kennet and avon canal route. The kennet and avon canal opened in 1810 and after restoration was re opened by hm the queen in 1990. The route includes the fully restored caen hill flight of 29 locks at devizes. The name is often used to describe all three sections whereas strictly it is the section that links the river avon at newbury and then to reading on the river thames.
Bath 83mi the kennet avon canal formally ends at bath and the natural river avon forms the rest of the watery route to bristol. In 1724 the river kennet was made navigable from reading to newbury and by 1727 boats could reach as far as bath. Kennet and avon canal walk 76 miles 122 km a splendid waterside walk from the thames at reading through thatcham newbury hungerford pewsey devizes bradford on avon to bath.
There s plenty to see and do near the route including highclere castle nature discovery centre and the museum of reading. Our cycle route changes too. View this route on os maps.
The resulting canal was completed in 1810. A simple route map to help plan your canal boat holiday on the kennet avon canal with black prince narrowboat holidays from our bradford on avon hire base. And best of all canals try to dodge hills rather than going over them so it s easy cycling all the way.
The kennet and avon cycle route is around 83 miles in length and takes you from bath to reading. You don t have to head north to enjoy the national cycle network s signature rides. The canal starts in bristol and ends at reading.
The name is used to refer to the entire length of the navigation rather than solely to the central canal section. One of the loveliest waterways in britain the kennet avon meanders 86 miles between bristol and reading passing through the historic city of bath. Balance payment special offers email us 44 0 1527 575 115.
The kennet and avon canal is a waterway in southern england with an overall length of 87 miles 140 km made up of two lengths of navigable river linked by a canal. Narrowboat holidays across great britain. Instead of the towpath it follows the bristol bath railway path a superb cycling highway between the two cities.
For hundreds of years before this people had talked about linking the river kennet with the river avon but it was not until 1794 that a route was fixed via devizes and an act was passed. Kennet and avon canal a lovely mix of gorgeous countryside and tranquil canals the 21 mile kennet and avon canal route is a perfect day out for the whole family. The 100 mile route from reading to bristol following the kennet avon canal is just 25 minutes from london by train.
Most of the walk follows the towpath making for an easy relaxing walk. It uses tranquil canal towpaths along the way and passes through gorgeous countryside. Search for your holiday.
The canal s impressive architecture is in keeping with the peaceful surroundings.