Kennet and Avon Canal

Kennet and Avon Canal

A walk through changing landscapes and charming settlements, following alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal.

3 to 14 nights
23-96 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate

From £420 per person

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About the trail

The Kennet and Avon Canal Walk travels from Reading to Bristol across the South of England. On this self-guided walking holiday, you'll walk alongside a major water transport route, built over 200 years ago during the heyday of the British canals.

The trail passes through the chalk hills of the North Wessex Downs in the east and southern fringes of the Cotswolds in the west. The changing landscape offers plenty of opportunities to spot wonderful plants and wildlife. This largely rural walk features rolling fields, quiet woodlands and pretty valleys. Along the way you will also visit picturesque villages and bustling towns. Among the most exciting places are the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Bath and the vibrant harbour town of Bristol.

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  • Kennet and Avon Canal
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Kennet and Avon Canal - Stile-Free

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

About this route

3 to 5 nights
23 miles
Easy to Moderate
2nd January to 24th December
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £420 per person

Kennet and Avon Canal - Stile-Free

This section of the Kennet and Avon Canal trail takes in much of the beautiful scenery you would expect from the full route but at a more manageable pace. Our Stile-Free offering meanders from Devizes to Bath along 20 miles of level, easy terrain. The views of the canals and surrounding countryside are truly stunning as you stroll along the Avon Valley. Sites of particular interest include the Caen Hill Lock Flight at Devizes and the Avoncliff Aqueduct. There is also plenty to see and do in the fantastic city of Bath, where your holiday concludes.

This holiday route is perfect for new or less able walkers who want to discover the delights and stories of the English countryside.

As a Stile-Free route, this holiday along the Kennet and Avon Canal has no stiles or other challenging obstacles to contend with. Any climbs or descents are short and/or gentle. It is suitable for beginners, young families and those with mild mobility impairments.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
KACA1 From Devizes to Bath 3 nights, 2 days walking Stile-Free - Moderate £420
KACA2 From Devizes to Bath 4 nights, 3 days walking Stile-Free - Moderate £555
KACA3 From Devizes to Bath 5 nights, 4 days walking Stile-Free - Easy £690

Kennet and Avon Canal - Stile-Free 3 nights, 2 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Travel to Devizes where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Devizes to Bradford-on-Avon. 13 miles (20.5km)

Day 2

Bradford-on-Avon to Bath. 10 miles (16km)


Depart from Bath after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£70.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Bath)
£75.00 per person / per night
© Contours Walking Holidays Kennet and Avon Canal - Stile-Free map
23 miles (37 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Wandering at your own pace along well-laid, clear paths through quintessentially English countryside, with wonderful views throughout.

Admiring the Caen Hill flight of locks and the Avoncliff Aqueduct, both amazing feats of canal engineering.

Arriving in the World Heritage City of Bath and exploring its magnificent architecture and range of attractions.

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

This section of the Kennet and Avon Canal has a wealth of fantastic sites to take in, so it is worth extending your walking holiday so you can explore further. We can arrange for you to do this at any of our overnight rest stops.

Devizes is a tempting location in which to spend a rest day. This market town offers a range of services, including plenty of choices for dining and shopping, and has a number of interesting sites to take in. For those interested in the region’s brewing contributions, the Wadworth Brewery Visitor Centre is certainly worth a look, whereas budding historians would enjoy the Wiltshire Heritage Museum and St John's Church. The privately-owned Devizes Castle, built on the site of a former Norman stronghold, is another impressive landmark that is well-worth a visit, so there is a good variety of things to see and do in and around this picturesque town.

The town of Bradford-on-Avon, with the River Avon winding through it, has plenty to occupy visitors for a day or two. The mechanisation of the wool industry in the late 18th century saw the construction of the great mills that still dominate the town’s architecture. Nowadays, the cottages, mills and industrial premises house independent shops and great places to dine. One of the main features of Bradford is the superb town bridge, and at its centre is a medieval pilgrim chapel with plenty of stories to tell. This combination of intriguing historic landmarks and ample facilities make Bradford a fantastic location in which to stay.

The UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath would also be a great place for an extra night or two if you wish to explore the local area more thoroughly. This Georgian spa town's origins can be traced back to the Iron Age, and so boasts a vast amount of history to learn about while exploring magnificent buildings such as Bath Abbey and the iconic Roman Baths. There are also a few great circular day walks out into the local countryside, as well as a variety of shops, eateries and activities available, catering to every taste and ensuring that everyone has a wonderful stay.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Bath)
£75.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 23 miles (36.5 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10 miles (16 km)
Maximum daily distance: 13 miles (20.5 km)
Code: KACA1 Grade: Stile-Free - Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Devizes
End of holiday: Bath

Route Profile

Kennet and Avon Canal - Stile-Free Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air

The most convenient major city and international airports are London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Bristol and Cardiff.

By Rail

The nearest train station to Devizes is at Melksham (approximately 8.7 miles away). There is a train station at the end of the trail (Bath).

By Bus

Buses run from Melksham to Devizes. Various bus services run from Bath.

From London

Trains run from London Paddington to Melksham Train station. From here, take a bus/taxi to Devizes.

Return to Start

To return to the start of the trail, take the bus from Bath to Devizes.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.