The Kennet and Avon Canal is a waterway that is eighty seven miles long and passes through charming villages, pretty towns, rolling hills and downs and stunning countryside. This waterway is actually made up of the River Avon at Bristol and Bath, then a canal joins this to the River Kennet at Newbury and finally on to the River Thames, ending up at Reading.
The canal is a popular heritage tourism destination and is good for boating, walking, cycling, fishing and it is also important for wildlife conservation. Kennet and Avon canal boat holidays are the perfect way to explore this fascinating stretch of waterway.
Boats can be hired for a short period of time and also for a week or even a couple of weeks. A trip from Devises to Wootton Rivers and back can be completed in two days whilst completing the full route can take around ten or eleven days. There is so much to see along the way such as some magnificent feats of engineering. Caen Hill Lock at Devises is part of a series of twenty nine locks that rise two hundred and thirty seven feet in two miles.
The boatyards where you can start your boating holiday on the Kennet and Avon Canal network include:-
The Bruce Tunnel disappears into a hillside and reappears five hundred and two yards later. You will also pass through Freeman’s Marsh, which has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is an important area for migrating birds and there are some rare varieties of fauna found here. Kennet and Avon Canal boat holidays have something for everyone.
The canal takes in the cities of Bath, Bristol and Reading so you can do some shopping or have a good night out. Kennet and Avon canal boat holidays are all about being on the boat, but you will see so much as you meander slowly along. Go at your own pace and drink in the beautiful sights and fantastic wildlife. Stop off at a waterside pub and have a top class meal and a well deserved pint.
A holiday like this is great for relaxing and unwinding and you will be able to leave the stress of everyday living behind. So if you want something fun, different and something everyone will enjoy then take the Kennet and Avon Canal Boat Holidays.
Kennet and Avon Canal Boat Holidays Boatyards Mapped
If you prefer to see where the canal boatyards are so you can plan your starting point of your holiday then just check out the map below. This map has all the boatyards in this area and you can click through to check out your preferred one, and the boats and holidays and breaks they have to offer.