Kennet and Avon Canal
The Kennet and Avon canal links the River Avon in Bath to the Thames, 75 miles over to the west at Reading. It is a superb leisure facility, busy with narrowboats, anglers and walkers. Bath Narrow Boats offers narrowboats for hire on the canal while Bath and Dundas Canal Co has electric-powered boats for hire.
The narrowboats are home to lots of Bath residents, many living an alternative lifestyle.
The canal towpaths are more good places to walk dogs, but again, any mess has to be cleared up.
There are canalside cafes at Claverton and Limpley Stoke.
canals are perfect for cycling, wheelchairs can use the canal path easily between Warminster Road and Bathampton. In Bath, the path has several steep stretches by the locks.
The K&A was completed in 1810, when canal-building became almost a mania. As a transportation network canals enjoyed a boom until the railways made them obsolete. Now the country’s extensive canal network is being gradually restored for leisure use.
Summer evening walks along the canal towpath can be very romantic.
The George at Bathampton, three miles east along the towpath, is a popular canalside pub.
Canalside villages worth exploring are Bathampton (3 miles east from Bath) and Limpley Stoke (7e). Bradford (10e) is more like a village than a town.
The canal path is good for walking in all weathers, and if you’re keen you can walk along it all the way to London, 150 miles away!
As on the river you will see lots of geese, moorhens, swans, herons, and the odd kingfisher. There are lots of wild flowers to watch out for too, such as campion and herb robert.