Weekly hire - Holiday itinerary travelling West
Please note: this route is the maximum distance you can cruise in one week heading West. For a less active holiday we would recommend turning around at Bradford-on-Avon or Dundas instead of Bath, giving you shorter cruising days and more time to explore the local areas. If you're hiring for over a week, it is possible to head further into Bath and on to the River Avon towards Bristol* It's a good idea to keep your itinerary flexible. Once on-board your instructor will happily go through a tailored route with you. This itinerary is based on cruising 2 miles per hour plus 15 minutes per lock.
Honeystreet to All Cannings - LOCKS 0 / MILES 2 / HOURS 1.5
After the handover with your instructor (starting at 15:00), continue heading West for 1.5 to the local village of All Cannings. There are wonderful hard-standing visitor moorings here which make an easy place to stop for your first night. A short 5 minute walk will take you into the wonderful village of All Cannings which has a small community shop and a brilliant pub called The Kings Arms. They serve lovely food and always have a good selection of beers and wine. They've won 'The Perfect Pint' award from Wadwrorth Brewery for many years - so if you're into good beer come here! If you're planning a holiday during May then we highly recommend checking out Concert at the Kings - An incredible local music festival showcasing acts like The Sweet and 10CC!
All Cannings to the botton of Caen Hill Flight - MILES 6 / SWING BRIDGES 1 / LOCKS 22 / HOURS 6 - 9
Wake up for an early start. Make sure you have a hearty breakfast today - you'll be heading down Caen Hill Flight this afternoon! You'll pass through Devizes without stopping, but don't worry - you'll have time to look around on the return leg of your journey. You should arrive at the top of the main flight by late morning or early afteroon, giving you time to complete the main section. The flight itself consists of 16 locks and will take anywhere between 2 - 5 hours, depending on the energy of your crew and how busy the flight is with other boats. Caen Hill is one of the "seven wonders of the waterways!" Get your camera ready...
Bottom of Caen Hill Flight to Bradford-on-Avon - MILES 9.5 / SWING BRIDGES 2 / LOCKS 14 / HOURS 8
Continue on to Bradford-on-Avon. A good stopping off point on route is The Three Magpies pub at Sells Green. Bradford-on-Avon is a historical Saxon town surrounded by wonderful architecture that is very smilar to Bath. The River Avon runs through Bradford-on-Avon making one of the most picturesque locations on your holiday. There's lots to see and do here, including a variety of interesting independent craft shops and cafes. A visit to the spectacular 14th century monastic stone Tithe Barn is not to be missed!
Bradford-on-Avon to Bath (turn around here) - MILES 9 / SWING BRIDGES 4 / LOCKS 0 / HOURS 5 - 6
This is a really amazing part of the canal. You'll navigate two incredible Aquaducts at Avon Cliff and Dundas. There is a good canalside pub at Avoncliff called The Cross Guns which offers brilliant views of the Aquaduct and makes a lovely spot to stop for a drink or early lunch. You'll find a picture postcard scene around every bend and experience some of the best landscape views the Kennet and Avon Canal has to offer. Tonight you'll moor around the Sydney Gardens area of Bath. It'll feel like you've just been transported back to the Jane Austin era as you cruise underneath Sydney Gardens footbridge and through Cleveland House Tunnel. Turn your boat around at Bathwick and moor up for a relaxing day in world heritage City of Bath tomorrow.
Bath to Bradford-on-Avon - MILES 8 / SWING BRIDGES 1 / LOCKS 1 / HOURS 4
You can spend the best part of the morning exploring the City. It's worth heading to Visit Bath where you'll find lots of information on places to visit and things to do in this wonderful Roman City. Places of particular interest are The Roman Baths at Bath Abbey, The Jane Austin Museum, The Royal Crescent and The Thermae Bath Spa. After lunch head back to your boat and set off for a 4 hour cruise to the Bradford-on-Avon area.
Bradford-on-Avon to Bottom of Caen Hill - MILES 9 / SWING BRIDGES 4 / LOCKS 14 / HOURS 7
Head off again in the morning back towards Bradford-on-Avon. Stop off at Claverton Pumping Station before continuing through the beautiful Limpley Stoke valley. Moor overnight at Seend - there's a good pub here called The Barge Inn, with easy access to a water point for a top up if needed.
Bottom of Caen Hill to All Cannings - MILES 5 / SWING BRIDGES 2 / LOCKS 22 / HOURS 6
Muster up the crew! You'll be heading back up the flight today, so eat well and top up those thermoses! Try to aim to moor up after lock 50 - this will get you right in the heart of Devizes town making an easy stroll to the local pubs, cafes and restaurants. Head as far East as you can to make your morning stretch easier.
Morning Of Your Return
All Cannings to Honeystreet - MILES 2 / SWING BRIDGES 1 / LOCKS 0 / HOURS 1 - 2
NB: The route suggested is based on the advised maximum distance. For those of you wanting a less active holiday, plan to turn-around at Bradford-on-Avon or Dundas.
*If you are hiring one of our boats for over a week and intend to head onto the River Avon then you will need to have specific training during your handover. Experience manouvering canalboats is highly advised. Navigation restrictions may apply.