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Monkton Combe

Brassknocker Basin, Bath BA2 7JD

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Re-Opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1990, the Kennet & Avon, Britain’s most southerly canal is also one of our most popular waterways. It will take you through some of the country’s best-loved landscapes from the rolling Wiltshire Downs to lush and leafy West Berkshire.

Brassknocker Basin base is at the end of the Somerset Coal Canal, just a short two-hour cruise from the centre of Bath, it has established itself as a favourite narrowboat holiday start point.

With a fabulous rural setting just on the City’s doorstep, our friendly and knowledgeable base team is ready to help with your holiday and ensure you make the best of both worlds.

En route east, enjoying the fresh air, spotting darting kingfishers, listening to the gentle wash of water against the side of the boat, sipping on a cup of coffee, giving a friendly wave to fellow boaters and forgetting about the rest of the world.

You might like to stop off at Claverton Pumping Station, which was quite a feat of engineering in its time, and there’s also the fascinating ‘American Museum in Britain’, based at Claverton Manor – it’s a unique collection and the only museum of Americana outside the States.

With a variety of experiences on this beautiful stretch of canal it’s also worth noting that the canal between Bath and Bristol will need the steady hand of the more experienced canal crew.

For further information please consult the Pearson (P) or Nicholson (N) Guides indicated above and found here.


Routes: South of England Circuit
Waterways: Kennet and Avon Canal, River Avon, Somerset Coal Canal

Below is a selection of Narrowboat routes that we have hand picked to help you decide which holiday you would like to take.

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So why choose Anglo Welsh?

More than 55 years providing unique canal boat holidays.
Modern & spacious narrowboat holiday fleet – from 2 to 12 berths.
Wide choice of narrowboat hire locations and canal.
Canal boat holiday routes for novices & experienced boaters.
Flexible holiday booking, no hidden costs.
Family friendly holidays, pets also welcome.

Anglo Welsh. So much more than narrowboats

...but don't just take our word for it

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