#12. Bristol to Braford on Avon, 5 nights

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A mixture of relaxing scenery and “engaging” locks, with a visit to the splendours of historic Bath and Bradford on Avon.

Bristol Harbour is our departure location and we give guests the opportunity to see the various sights and attractions before we depart the following day around lunchtime. Brunel’s SS Great Britain is of particular note.

Bath Pulteney Weir

View of Pulteney Weir at Bath

We experience the varying sights and sounds along the Avon and reach Keynsham, the upper limit of the tidal river. On towards Bath until we reach Bath Bottom Lock where we enter the Kennet & Avon Canal, a rise of 19ft.

Bath was first developed by the Romans and is now a popular spa resort. There are many places of interest in the city. See some of the wonderful architecture, especially Royal Crescent, for which Bath is particularly famous. There are various museums, including the Postal Museum, from where the first postage stamp was sent on 2 May 1840.

As we leave Bath, a mixture of Georgian housing, ornate bridges and tunnels follow, where we are treated to extensive views of the city and pretty Bathwick.

K&A Dundas Aqueduct

View of Dundas Aqueduct

Open countryside follows and we reach Dundas Aqueduct, one of the most well-known features on the whole canal. It is a fine example of work with Bath Stone, designed by John Rennie. Major improvements took place in the 1970’s and it was reopened in 1984.

We continue through wooded areas and see more of Rennie’s work at Avoncliff Aqueduct, leads us to Bradford on Avon, one of Wiltshire’s beauty spots and a highlight on the canal. The town is well worth visiting. Until the 19th C, the town had 30 water-powered cloth factories in production. Some of these buildings have survived, ensuring Bradford remains rich in architectural treasures.

We have cruised 26 miles and encountered 14 locks and 2 swing bridges.

Join us on Kailani at 2pm. Departure on your last day will be at 10am. 

The closest railway stations are at Bristol Temple Meads and Bradford on Avon.


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Hotel Boat Kailani