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Kennet and Avon Canal Path

Kennet and Avon Canal Path


The Kennet & Avon Cycle Route is Britain’s most popular long-distance waterside cycle route.

The first section will take you through historic Bristol and Bath, past the stunning aqueducts at Dundas and Avoncliff, to the dramatic Caen Hill Locks at Devizes.

The canal itself starts at Bath, however, there is no direct cycle route along the Avon River from Bristol to Bath. Between these two cities follow the Bristol to Bath railway. This attractive route through the Avon Valley was a pioneering traffic-free cycle path
and set the standard for the National Cycle Network.

After Bath, cycling is permitted throughout the length of the canal, except for a few short sections near Reading.

Please be aware that the canal is also very popular with walkers, anglers and boaters and there may be times when it is necessary to dismount.

Long sections of the towpath – including the whole length from Bath to Devizes, around Newbury and between Thatcham and Reading – have been improved as part of a partnership between British Waterways, Sustrans and local councils.

The result is a wider path with a surface that is more suitable for cyclists and disabled users.

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Opening Times

2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
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