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Kennet and Avon Cycle Route

This historic canal links the Thames and the Bristol Channel, weaving through spectacular scenery on its way from Bath to Reading.

Route Details

  • From – to: Bath to Reading
  • Distance: 85 miles
  • Type: Canal towpath and quiet rural roads
  • Surface: Compacted stone
  • National Cycle Network: Route 4

Route Description

This historic canal links the Thames and the Bristol Channel, weaving through spectacular scenery on its way from Bath to Reading. Its impressive architecture is in keeping with surroundings that also provide a habitat for a diverse range of flora and fauna. The route extends to Bristol along the 16 mile Bristol & Bath Path and is a part of the Severn & Thames Cycle Route between Gloucester and Reading.

Between Bath and Devizes you will pass two impressive aqueducts at Dundas and Avoncliff and the dramatic Caen Hill Locks at Devizes. The route then continues towards Reading passing through some of Wiltshire’s quietest countryside.

Between Devizes and Marsh Benham the cycle route leaves the towpath and follows quiet lanes through the Vale of Pewsey with fine views of the surrounding hills and the Pewsey White Horse. From Marsh Benham the route is again generally along the towpath all the way into Reading.

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