Hire a narrowboat on the Kennet and Avon (K & A) Canal which stretches across southern England from Bristol and Bath through beautiful Wiltshire and Berkshire scenery to Reading, featuring some of the most spectacular scenery and sights of the English canal system. Bradford on Avon is an attractive, historic, thriving market town, full of Bath stone buildings and converted riverside mills nestling in the heart of the Avon Valley close to the World Heritage City of Bath. And of course there are lots of colourful barges, boats, and narrowboats to wave hello to as you meander along the beautiful K&A Canal!
West from Bradford on Avon, the canal clings to the side of the Avon Valley, crossing two splendid aqueducts and passing the historic Somerset Coal Canal towards Bath, then descending one of the country's deepest locks to offer the world-famous view of Pulteney Weir in central Bath. Cruise down the tranquil River Avon into Bristol and its Floating Harbour with the magnificent SS Great Britain in its dock. Brunel's other engineering masterpiece - the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge - is not far away.
East of Bradford the Kennet and Avon Canal offers rural cruising as it ascends a number of wide locks, culminating in the famous Caen Hill Flight of 29 locks. After all that work, enjoy a break in the charming canalside market town of Devizes (home to the superb Victorian Wadworth Brewery). Head east into the idyllic Vale of Pewsey (home of the White Horse) with the canal meandering through a countryside of thatched villages and country pubs, then climbing the last few locks to the summit deep in the heart of Savernake Forest. At the eastern end lies Crofton and its famous steam-pump, marking the beginning of a long descent along the pretty Kennet Valley through Hungerford, Newbury and Thatcham before joining the River Thames at Reading. And of course the K&A Canal is home to no less than four Barge Inns even though the barges have long gone!
WEEKEND SHORT BREAK
Our most popular short break - our weekend break is ideal for beginners. Head west on the K&A Canal for an almost lock free cruise to Bath. Heading east you'll encounter several wide locks as you approach Devizes - you can choose to climb the Caen Hill flight; but many prefer to moor up and walk or cycle into Devizes. It's possible to combine all of this into one boating weekend - a canalcoholics' ideal short boating break!
The Kennet and Avon Canal toward Bath is one of the most popular routes for your Stag or Hen Party! With appropriate consideration for other waterways users you can enjoy a great party afloat using our narrowboat (s) as your budget-priced accomodation - your very own stag boat or hen boat - whilst you enjoy Bath's nightlife. We offer a skippered boat hire service for the first afternoon to help you learn the ropes so hire with us and enjoy a weekend to remember on the Kennet and Avon Canal! Any size of stag or hen party catered for.....
MIDWEEK SHORT BREAK
With the extended time a midweek break offers, cruise along the Kennet & Avon Canal to Bath then on the River Avon to Bristol and enjoy this most maritime of cities - with its world famous Floating Harbour (home to an eclectic mix of seagoing craft, barges, narrowboats), Clifton Suspension Bridge, SS Great Britain amongst the top attractions. Alternatively strike east on the K&A Canal and cruise up through Devizes as far as the idyllic hamlet of Honey Street, where the original Kennet Barges were built - with lots of locks to do and stunning canalscapes through the beautiful Vale of Pewsey..
ONE WEEK HOLIDAY
A leisurely holiday narrowboat cruise could allow exploration of the Kennet & Avon Canal both east to Devizes and west to Bristol or Bath. Or, heading directly east, you could comfortably reach the pretty town of Hungerford before turning homebound. Along the K&A Canal to Hungerford you'll ascend the famous Caen Hill locks, cross the oustanding Vale of Pewsey, reach the summit of the canal and chug through the short Bruce Tunnel, descend past the fascinating Crofton Pumping Station with its unique steam powered pumps before a gentle descent through the infant Kennet Valley to Hungerford. There are no less than 3 waterside Barge Inns and numerous other pubs and villages to enjoy and explore!
TWO WEEK HOLIDAY
With two weeks and some experience you could enjoy the whole of the Kennet and Avon Canal, but you'd have a few long days. We recommend an easier itinerary as far east as vibrant Newbury, offering a taste of the variety that the K&A Canal can uniquely offer. Excellent towpath walking or cycling throughout makes this the perfect activity holiday for all the family!
BEST VALUE & LOCK-FREE HOLIDAYS
If you're looking for a budget boat holiday on the Kennet & Avon Canal, or would prefer a route with few or no locks to work, take a look at our sister company White Horse Narrowboats based at the top of the locks at Devizes Wharf- no frills and excellent value. Click here to visit the website: WHITE HORSE NARROWBOATS