Canal & River Holidays – London Area & Kennet & Avon

18 February, 2015

These descriptions refer to cruises in either direction

 

Little Venice / Hertford, Regents Canal & River Lee.

5 nights, 32 miles, 26 locks

The vibrance of London to the peace of Hertfordshire. Maida Vale Tunnel, Regents Park Zoo and Aviary. Battlebridge Basin Canal Museum, busy London suburbs. The scenery becomes rural with opportunities for walking or cycling beside the river. Visit the old market town of Ware.

 

Near Ware on the Lee & Stort NavigationHertford and return via Bishop’s Stortford, Rivers Lee & Stort.

5 nights, 38 miles, 36 locks

This is a rural cruise along 2 rivers, each with its own separate character. The peace of water meadows, urban areas and a few surprises. The old market town of Ware is worth a visit.

 

Ware / Kingston, River Lee and River Thames. 4 nights, 50 miles, 25 locks

This meander down the Lee takes us into the busy Limehouse area, followed by a day through London upstream to Kingston. See London Bridge, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Millennium Bridge, Royal Festival Hall, Westminster Bridge, County Hall, The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and more.  Eventually we reach suburbia then open views until we reach Teddington, then Kingston. Cameras at the ready !!

 

Little Venice round trip (The London Ring), Regents Canal, River Thames,

Grand Union Canal.  4 nights, 41 miles, 21 locks

London Houses Of Parliment and Big BenThe vibrance of London  Regents Park Zoo Aviary, London Canal Museum, Primrose Hill, Camden and Kentish Town, Maida Vale, Islington and Kings Cross. We join the River Thames at Limehouse. See London Bridge, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Millennium Bridge, Royal Festival Hall, Westminster Bridge, County Hall, The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and more. We reach suburbia then Brentford and the Grand Union Canal. Then up the Hanwell flight and back to Little Venice.

 

Caversham / Newbury, Kennet and Avon. 3 nights, 19 miles, 22 locks

The route of the canal constantly joins and leaves the river Kennet and we encounter a number of swing bridges and locks. Monkey Marsh lock is one of only two remaining turf-sided locks, listed an ancient monument by English Heritage.  Through isolated water meadows towards Thatcham and onto Newbury. Relaxing and scenic.

 

Newbury / Devizes, Kennet and Avon Canal. 5 nights, 33miles, 18 locks

A relaxing and scenic cruise through countryside with woodland and thatched cottages. See Kintbury, Hungerford, the Bedwyns, Crofton Pumping Station, Wootton Rivers, Pewsey and the Vale of the White Horse. Visit the K&A Trust Museum at Devizes. Maybe also a visit to Wadsworth Brewery here!

 

Caen Hill flight going upDevizes / Bath, Kennet and Avon Canal. 5 nights, 21 miles, 44 locks

Featuring the famous Caen Hill flight of locks

A mixture of relaxing scenery, architecture, engineering feats, aqueducts and more, with a visit to historic Bradford on Avon and Bath. The magnificent Caen Hill flight of 16 locks + 13 more within the first 3 miles!! The Dundas Aqueduct deserves time to visit and a walk along the short Somersetshire Coal Canal. Bathampton Church is the resting place of Admiral Arthur Phillip, first Governor of New South Wales and regarded as the “founder” of Australia.

 

 

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