Walking Holiday in England on
This is a 93 mile walking holiday on the Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath and the River Avon Trail.
The walking holiday follows the whole meandering course of the Kennet and Avon Canal from the River Thames at Reading to Bath, and then follows the River Avon from Bath to Bristol.
The hiking route is a great first walking holiday experience as it is easy walking and offers a wealth of interesting places to visit en-route. The Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath walking trail is clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your walking holiday in Southern England.
and Avon Canal Towpath
Reading to Bristol
9 days walking
Min/max daily distance:
Average Daily distance:
Clifton Suspension Bridge
SS Great Britain in Bristol
Roman Baths at Bath
Dundas and Avoncliff Aqueducts
Tithe Barn in Bradford on Avon
Caen Hill flight of 16 locks
Claverton Pumping Station
Crofton Pumping Station
Day 1: Arrive Reading
Day 2: Reading in Aldermaston 10 miles
Day 3: Aldermaston to Newbury 9 miles
Day 4: Newbury to Hungerford 10 miles
Day 5: Hungerford to Pewsey 14 miles
Day 6: Pewsey to Devizes 11 miles
Optional Day 1: extra night in Devizes
Day 7: Devizes to Bradford on Avon 12 miles
Day 8: Bradford on Avon to Bath 9 miles
Optional Days 1: extras night in Bath
Day 9: Bath to Keynsham 9 miles
Day 10: Keynsham to Bristol 9 miles
Optional Day 3: extra night in Bristol
Day 11: Depart after breakfast
Kennet and Avon canal connects the Bristol Channel at Bristol with the River
Thames at Reading providing an inland waterway between Bristol and London.
On its journey it passes through the magnificent Avon Valley and the Vale
John Rennie undertook the surveying for the canal, with building commencing in 1794 and completed in 1810.
The Dundas Aqueduct and the Avoncliff Aqueduct carry the Kennet and Avon Canal over the River Avon.
However the canal enjoyed only thirty years of exclusive business, with the main trade being coal, before it suffered the competition of the Great Western Railway which opened in 1841.
The canal was then deliberately run down and neglected until the post war years when forty years of hard work and renewed interest resulted in the the canal being reopened in 1990.
walking trail connects with the following routes:
Cotswold Way at Bath
White Horse Trail at Devizes and Pewsey
Great Stones Way at Alton Barnes
Thames Path at Reading.
The route passes through the cities of Bath and Bristol which are great places to visit, with good shopping, restaurants and pubs.
This walking holiday is great hiking for visitors to the UK as it offers a taste of England's history mixed with the modern UK of today. This is a gentle walk, full of contrasts, with bustling cities and quiet river and canal banks.
This is a popular walking tour, so we have carefully selected comfortable accommodation to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing.
|How to get there|
Plane to London
By Car to Bristol or Reading where parking is available
By Train / Bus to Reading or Bristol
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canal walking holidays