Week long breaks from Bradford on Avon

Canal boat holidays on the Kennet & Avon Canal

There’s a choice of week long holidays on the Kennet & Avon Canal from Bradford on Avon

Pewsey and back (72 locks, 34 hours)

From Bradford on Avon Marina, head east along the Kennet & Avon Canal.  The journey takes you through Semington and Seend, with its canalside Barge Inn.  Soon after you’ll reach the base of the Caen Hill flight of 29 locks at Devizes, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’. It takes around five hours to travel up the flight, which raises the canal 235ft across 2.5 miles.  From the canal it’s a short walk to the historic market town of Devizes, with places to visit including the Wadworth Brewery Visitor Centre, Bear Hotel, Peppermill Restaurant and Dolcipani Bakery. After Devizes, you’ll pass through a series of pretty canalside villages dotted through the North West Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including All Cannings with its King’s Arms pub and Honeystreet, with its canalside Barge Inn.  You’ll travel on through the beautiful Vale of Pewsey, passing Pewsey Wharf with its French Horn pub, and close by to the village of Pewsey, with its Royal Oak pub.

Great Bedwyn and back (100 locks, 46 hours)

Follow the Pewsey route above.  After Pewsey, you’ll reach Wootton Rivers with its Royal Oak pub on the edge of the Savernake Forest.  Then you’ll pass through The Bruce Tunnel, also known as Savernake Tunnel, marketing the highest point of the canal.  Soon after you’ll reach Crofton with its historic Pumping Station and Beam engines. And flight of locks taking you back down the hill.  Next it’s Great Bedwyn, with its Three Tuns pub and Great Bedwyn Wharf where you can turn your boat.

Bristol Floating Harbour and back (28 locks, 24 hours)

Please note, this route is only available to hirers with lots of boating experience.

Heading west from the marina along the Kennet & Avon Canal, and cruise through the beautiful Bath Valley. You’ll cross over the Avoncliff Aqueduct, with the riverside Cross Guns pub next door.  You’ll cross over the Dundas Aqueduct and pass the entrance to the Somerset Coal Canal.  Soon after you’ll pass Claverton Pumping Station and Claverton Manor, home of the American Museum in Britain.  Next you’ll pass through Bathampton and the canalside George Inn.  You’ll cruise through two short tunnels – Beckford Road and Cleveland House.  Next you’ll travel down the flight of six locks in Bath (the Widcombe flight) before joining the River Avon. You’ll pass through Saltford with its Riverside Inn and Keynsham with its Brassmill and Lock Keeper pubs.  You’ll cruise on through a steeply wooded valley, before reaching Hanham Lock and the Old Lock & Weir Inn. Cruise on to Bristol Floating Harbour, home of Brunel’s SS Great Britain ship, the MShed Bristol Museum and galleries, and the Watershed arts centre, cinema and café bar.  The centre of Bristol is just a 20 minute walk away.  There are mooring fees at the floating harbour.

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