Bradford on Avon – Kennet & Avon canal boat hire
Enjoy a Kennet & Avon canal boat holiday starting from the picturesque Wiltshire town of Bradford on Avon, a narrow boat hire base that offers canal cruises to suit all levels of experience. Heading westward will take you over aqueducts, through bridges and locks to the World Heritage City of Bath, a gentle day’s canal cruise from the base. For the more experienced narrowboaters a week will provide adequate time to cruise through Bath and onto Bristol, travelling though countryside along the River Avon.
Suggested Routes From Bradford on Avon
Please Note! Start days from this hire base are Saturday 2.30pm and Tuesday 2.30pm
ROUTE A Bristol and Return
52 Miles, 28 locks, 1 week cruise, 26 hours
A leisurely one week canal cruise through Bath and Keynsham to Bristol and return. The beautiful city of Bath plays host to the meeting of the Avon Navigation and the Kennet and Avon Canal. Arguably only York and Chester on the inland waterways can muster such an appealing backdrop. The Avon is actually navigable by narrowboat for a short distance upstream of the canals junction with the river at the tail of Bath Bottom Lock. It’s a detour well worth making. Spring tides occasionally lick their salty tongues up as far as Keynsham. Scenically the landscape pivots on Hanham : to the east the valley is wide and watermeadowy; to the west wooded and gorgelike.
Bristol, hometown of such disparate characters as John Cabot, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Cary Grant. It is a terrific city full of atmospheric passages and corners, alleyways and stairways as befits a former sea-trading port.
ROUTE B Bath and Devizes
44 Miles, 86 locks, Short Break cruise, 36 hours
Please note! Short breaks from this hire base are Saturday 2.30pm to Tuesday 9.30am or Tuesday 2.30pm to Saturday 9.30am
Head west for a leisurely canal cruise to Bath and return. Heading east you will encounter several wide locks as you approach Devizes by narrowboat. You can choose to climb the Caen Hill flight but many prefer to moor their narrow boat up and walk or cycle to Devizes. It is possible to combine all of this into one short break – a canaloholics “ideal short break”
ROUTE C Hungerford and Return
72 Miles, 120 Locks, 1 week cruise, 54 hours
A busy weeks canal boat holiday through the pretty villages of Wilcot, Pewsey, Crofton and others and with lots of locks. Pewsey repays the trouble to walk down from the canal wharf. A weather beaten statue depicting King Alfred marks the right-angled entrance into the high street. Wiltshire morphs into Berkshire and a change of county brings a change of mood as the A4 trunk road comes alongside the canal approaching Hungerford. Hungerford’s imposing parish church of St Lawrence overlooks swing-bridge 85.
|Bradford on Avon||Sat 2.30pm to||Tues 2.30pm to|
|Tues 9.30am||Sat 9.30am|