Walking Holiday in England on
This is a 93 mile walking holiday on the River Avon Trail and the Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath.
The walking holiday follows the River Avon from Bristol to Bath, and then the whole meandering course of the Kennet and Avon Canal from Bath to the River Thames at Reading.
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.
Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath
Bristol to Reading
Day 1: Arrive at Bristol
Optional Day 1: extra night in Bristol
Day 2: Bristol to Keynsham 9 miles
Day 3: Keynsham to Bath 9 miles
Optional Days 2: extra nights in Bath
Day 4: Bath to Bradford on Avon 9 miles
Day 5: Bradford on Avon to Devizes 12 miles
Optional Day 3: extra night in Devizes
Day 6: Devizes to Wootton Rivers 13.5 miles
Day 7: Wootton Rivers to Hungerford 11.5 miles
Day 8: Hungerford to Newbury 10 miles
Day 9: Newbury to Aldermaston 9 miles
Day 10: Aldermaston to Reading 10 miles
Day 11: Depart after breakfast
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
walking holiday in the UK operates from March to October and can also be
The above distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too. Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of the UK.
Online booking available. A deposit of £55 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
|How to get there|
Plane to London
By Car to Bristol or Reading where parking is available
By Train / Bus to Bristol or Reading
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.
This 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.
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