Aqueducts Near Bath
The canal and river follow each other on the east side of Bath to Bradford, ten miles away. At two points along the way, at Dundas (pictured here) and Avoncliff, the canal crosses over the river on aqueducts.
The stone on the Dundas Aqueduct is in need of restoration but the architecture of the whole canal shows the 19th-century desire to blend engineering projects into the landscape, not impose them.
There are direct (but not frequent) trains to Avoncliff, and buses to Limpley Stoke.
The Somerset Coal Canal starts here. A few hundred yards has been restored as a marina.
You can hire electric boats and Canadian canoes at Dundas. You could go all the way to London via the canal and then the Thames, though you’d need several days!
The Cross Guns pub at Avoncliff is on the aqueduct and therefore manages to be on both the canal and riverside.