Kennet and Avon Canal
Walking Holiday in
Southern England

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The Kennet and Avon Canal
Walking Holiday in Southern England
from Bristol to Reading
via Bath, Devizes, Pewsey, Hungerford and Newbury.

Enjoy a self-guided walking holiday on the 93 miles of the Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath between Bristol and Reading.
The hiking route is a great first walking holiday experience as it is easy walking. The Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath walking trail is clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your walking holiday in Southern England.
The route passes through the cities of Bristol and Bath 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.

The 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 of Pewsey. John Rennie undertook the surveying for the canal, with building commencing in 1794 and completed in 1810. The Dundas Aquaduct and the Avoncliff Aquaduct carry the Kennet and Avon Canal over the River Avon.
However the canal enjoyed only thirty years of exclusivve business, with the main trade being coal, before it suffered the competiton 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 re-opened in 1990.

We offer this walking holiday in either direction,
west to east,
and also east to west.

 

Kennet and avon sign post

Our self-guided walking holidays are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind and can be tailor-made to your own personal requirements.
The routes are clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your hiking vacation.
We use high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels with en-suite or private bathroom to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing. Rest assured that all our accommodation walking holiday providers are hand-picked and offer you that famous British hospitality.
We organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.
Let’s Go Walking has developed one of the largest choices of walking holidays and our offices are staffed 9am to 9pm to ensure your walking holiday runs without a hitch.

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This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.

The daily distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.

Rest days can be taken in any location.

Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of the UK or Ireland. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.

Online booking available.
A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Optional extra days and accommodation upgrades can be added during the booking process online.

Itineraries West to East

The Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath
West to East
from Bristol to Reading via Bath and Devizes
11 Day Itinerary
9 days walking and 10 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
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 Pewsey                       11 miles
Day 7: Pewsey to Hungerford                 14 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

£900pp
dbl/twin

£1,250pp
single occ

£1,500pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £48 per person depending on location

Suggested Tour Duration:
10 nights, 9 days walking
Total Distance:
93 miles/149 kms
Min/max daily distance:
9/14 miles
Average Daily distance:
10 miles
Grading:
Easy
Features:
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
River Thames
This route connects with:
Cotswold Way
White Horse Trail
Great Stones Way
Thames Path
Severn Way
Somerset Coast Path

The River Avon Trail
(Connects with Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath)
West to East
from Bristol to Bath 
4 Day Itinerary
2 days walking and 3 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Bristol
Optional Day 1: extra night in Bristol
Day 2: Bristol to Keynsham                  9 miles
Day 3: Keynsham to Bath                     9 miles
Optional Day 2: extra night in Bath
Day 4: Depart after breakfast

£285pp
dbl/twin

£390pp
single occ

£465pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £55 per person depending on location

Suggested Tour Duration:
3 nights, 2 days walking
Total Distance:
18 miles/29 kms
Min/max daily distance:
9/9 miles
Average Daily distance:
9 miles
Grading:
Easy
Features:
Clifton Suspension Bridge
SS Great Britain in Bristol
Roman Baths at Bath
This route connects with:
Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath
Cotswold Way
Severn Way
Somerset Coast Path

The Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath
 West to East
from Bath to Reading via Devizes
9 Day Itinerary
7 days walking and 8 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Bath
Optional Days 1: extra nights in Bath
Day 2: Bath to Bradford on Avon           9 miles
Day 3: Bradford on Avon to Devizes     12 miles
Optional Day 2: extra night in Devizes
Day 4: Devizes to Pewsey                       11 miles
Day 5: Pewsey to Hungerford                14 miles
Day 6: Hungerford to Newbury             10 miles
Day 7: Newbury to Aldermaston            9 miles
Day 8: Aldermaston to Reading             10 miles
Day 9: Depart after breakfast

£720pp
dbl/twin

£1,000pp
single occ

£1,200pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £48 per person depending on location

Suggested Tour Duration:
8 nights, 7 days walking
Total Distance:
75 miles/120 kms
Min/max daily distance:
9/14 miles
Average Daily distance:
11 miles
Grading:
Easy
Features:
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
River Thames
This route connects with:
Cotswold Way
White Horse Trail
Great Stones Way
Thames Path

Itineraries East to West

The Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath
East to West
from Reading to Bristol via Devizes and Bath
11 Day Itinerary
9 days walking and 10 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Reading
Day 2: Reading in Aldermaston               10 miles
Day 3: Aldermaston to Newbury             9 miles
Day 4: Newbury to Hungerford              10 miles
Day 5: Hungerford to Pewsey                14 miles
Day 6: Pewsey to Devizes                       11 miles
Optional Day 1: extra night in Devizes
Day 7: Devizes to Bradford on Avon       12 miles
Day 8: Bradford on Avon to Bath             9 miles
Optional Days 1: extras night in Bath
Day 9: Bath to Keynsham                         9 miles
Day 10: Keynsham to Bristol                    9 miles
Optional Day 3: extra night in Bristol
Day 11: Depart after breakfast

£900pp
dbl/twin

£1,250pp
single occ

£1,500pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £48 per person depending on location

Suggested Tour Duration:
10 nights, 9 days walking
Total Distance:
93 miles/149 kms
Min/max daily distance:
9/14 miles
Average Daily distance:
10 miles
Grading:
Easy
Features:
River Thames
Crofton Pumping Station
Claverton Pumping Station
Caen Hill flight of 16 locks
Tithe Barn in Bradford on Avon
Dundas and Avoncliff Aqueducts
Roman Baths at Bath
Clifton Suspension Bridge
SS Great Britain in Bristol
This route connects with:
Thames Path
White Horse Trail
Great Stones Way
Cotswold Way
Severn Way
Somerset Coast Path

The Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath
East to West
from Reading to Bath via Devizes
9 Day Itinerary
7 days walking and 8 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Reading
Day 2: Reading in Aldermaston              10 miles
Day 3: Aldermaston to Newbury             9 miles
Day 4: Newbury to Hungerford              10 miles
Day 5: Hungerford to Pewsey                14 miles
Day 6: Pewsey to Devizes                       11 miles
Optional Day: extra night in Devizes
Day 7: Devizes to Bradford on Avon       12 miles
Day 8: Bradford on Avon to Bath             9 miles
Optional Days: extras night in Bath
Day 9: Depart after breakfast

£720pp
dbl/twin

£1,000pp
single occ

£1,200pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £48 per person depending on location

Suggested Tour Duration:
8 nights, 7 days walking
Total Distance:
75 miles/120 kms
Min/max daily distance:
9/14 miles
Average Daily distance:
11 miles
Grading:
Easy
Features:
River Thames
Crofton Pumping Station
Claverton Pumping Station
Caen Hill flight of 16 locks
Tithe Barn in Bradford on Avon
Dundas and Avoncliff Aqueducts
Roman Baths at Bath
This route connects with:
Thames Path
Cotswold Way
Great Stones Way
White Horse Trail

The River Avon Trail
(Connects with Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath)
 East to West
from Bath to Bristol 
4 Day Itinerary
2 days walking and 3 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Bath
Optional Day 1: extra night in Bath
Day 2: Bath to Keynsham                        9 miles
Day 3: Keynsham to Bristol                     9 miles
Optional Day 2: extra night in Bristol
Day 4: Depart after breakfast

£285pp
dbl/twin

£390pp
single occ

£465pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £55 per person depending on location

Suggested Tour Duration:
3 nights, 2 days walking
Total Distance:
18 miles/29 kms
Min/max daily distance:
9/9 miles
Average Daily distance:
9 miles
Grading:
Easy
Features:
Roman Baths at Bath
Clifton Suspension Bridge
SS Great Britain in Bristol
This route connects with:
Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath
Cotswold Way
Severn Way
Somerset Coast Path

What’s included
in your UK walking holiday
in South England on
The Kennet and Avon Canal
& River Avon Trail

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • OS 1:25,000 map
  • guide book to The Kennet and Avon Canal & River Avon Trail Guide Book

Optional Extras
for your UK Walking Holiday
in South England on
The Kennet and Avon Canal
& River Avon Trail

  • upgrade to the region’s most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
 

What’s not included
in your UK walking holiday
in South England on
The Kennet and Avon Canal
& River Avon Trail

  • lunches and dinners
  • travel insurance

Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
Evening meals
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
Packed lunches
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.

Holiday Travel Insurance
We require that you take out holiday insurance as Let’s Go Biking Ltd accepts no liability for the following:
cancellation, personal accident, illness, loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money, and any unforeseen circumstances, especially travel delays.

This is in addition to our existing
booking conditions.

How to get there:

  • By Plane  to Bristol or London where we can arrange transfer to Bristol, Bath or Reading
  • By Car to Bristol, Bath or Reading where parking is available
  • By Train/Bus to Bristol, Bath or Reading

Telephone Lines are open 7 days a week.

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or +44 (0)207 193 1252

9am to 9pm
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