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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
23-95 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate

From £320 per person

About the trail

The Kennet and Avon Canal walk travels from Reading to Bristol across the South of England. The trail follows 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.

Dog friendly tours available

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

Customer reviews from the Kennet and Avon Canal

“From picking this holiday on the website, the personal attention given to our booking, the very complete holiday pack, all the b&b's and hotels we stayed in, the way the luggage transport is handled; this is the most relaxed way I can imagine booking a holiday and be sure our interests are in capable and caring hands.”
Mrs Sanders, Netherlands
“This was an easy, relaxed walk with lots to see along the way.”
Ms Matthews, USA
“We enjoyed the walk very much, beautiful scenes, many locks and comfortable walking paths, even the weather was helpful.”
Mr van der Meer, Netherlands
“Great countryside and interesting engineering of canals. Baggage and B&B all worked well.”
Mr Styles, UK
“Great trip! Wonderful time of the year.”
Mrs Rodgers, USA
“The walk was challenging but so much fun. We often walked for hours without seeing anyone; just us, the ducks/geese/swans (and their babies) and the birds. Perfect. The walk was everything we wanted and more. Some of the route involved an almost non-existent path; nothing more than the canal bank. That added to the adventure. Would absolutely recommend, especially if someone wants an off-the-beaten-path experience.”
Ms Burda, USA
"Boats on the Canal" by Carmen Matthews (2018)
"West of Lock 15" by Carmen Matthews (2018)
"Great Bedwyn" by Carmen Matthews (2018)
"Caen Hill Locks" by Carmen Matthews (2018)
"Balance" by Hannah Vernon (2018)
"Bradford on Avon Canal" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Vintage Steam Train" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Red Barge in the Sun" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Bradford on Avon Canal" by Claire Renard (2018)