Beautiful Kennet and Avon

This canal is enshrined in folklore for all sorts of reasons. Hundreds of live aboard boats for one. The Wiltshire countryside with its crop circles and witches. The sheer size of the Caen flight of locks and stunning city of Bath 100 locks later. None of these were a problem and we thoroughly enjoyed this trip.

It starts as the river Kennet at the Thames in Reading going right through the new Oracle shopping centre and gradually climbs to the lovely town of Newbury. This stretch has some wonderful canal side pubs, The Cunning man, The Rowbarge and the Lock, Stock and Barrel to name three.

Up to Newbury the river Kennet changes to the Kennet and Avon canal and from there onwards the waterway rises lock by lock to 450ft above sea level. Hungerford, Devizes, Bradford-on-Avon all stunning places on the way.

It is 87 miles long from the Bristol Channel to the Thames with 105 locks. It has floral edges with indigenous plants which look stunning in the summer with purples, whites and yellows.

We stopped our journey in Bath not wanting to travel onwards to Bristol with tidal sections. Our experience of this waterway has been wonderful. There has been adequate mooring places, friendly people and great watering holes. Well done CRT. Perfect cruising.

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