Kennet and Avon Canal  
General Information
Paddle Points

The George - Bathampton

A picturesque riverside pub with a large grassy area to pull canoes on to out of the way of the numerous hired narrowboats which often tie up here.

Mill lane bridge - Bathampton

The tow path has a stone edged drop of about 1 1/2 ft to the water. Limited street parking available in Tyning road - fills up fast at weekends! Fresh water tap at bridge (British Waterways key needed)

Brassknocker basin camping

A greenfield camping area for organized groups with good access to the canal and river Avon. there is a water tap and chemical disposal and the field owner can provide a portaloo if required. Proper toilets and cafe up at the canal center.


Fees as of mid may were £5 per night per tent / caravan / motorhome regardless of number of occupants.


Contact;


Richard Young


Downside Nurseries,

Upper Westwood,

Bradford-on-Avon,

Wiltshire,


BA15 2DE


07970 279749

Cafe at Avoncliffe

A Licenced cafe alongside the canal with large garden with benches and toilet etc.


It is suggested that canoes/kayaks are lifted to the ledge on top of the sloping concrete canal bank to avoid narrowboats who fail to make the tight turn off of the aqueduct.

Avoncliffe

You can get in at water level. A bit of a squeeze between the metal fence & bank, so small craft only & you'll need to be able to carry or slide it over the grassy bank. Less than a mile into Bradford on Avon going Eastfrom here.

Free car park less than 100 yards away (up to 16 hours free I think).

Cafe 50 yards across the road, & you can get across the canal to the Cross Guns pub (excellent food by the way) by walking under the viaduct at this point

The Cross Guns, Avoncliff

Reached by mooring above and walking down under the aqueduct.

Bradford on Avon towpath

Put in below lock from lock moorings or adjacent towpath, stone edge, two foot drop into water.

Parking available for unloading only along access road.


Watch out for boats queuing for lock.

Bradford on Avon wharf

Put in from the tow path, stone edged, two foot drop to water level. Nearby toilets and cafe overlooking canal, pay and display parking at Baileys Barn pay and display 50 yrds away

The Barge Inn

The Barge Inn canal side bar & restaurant providing good food.


Bed and Breakfast available with generous breakfast.


http://www.thebargeinn.co.uk/


Parking available.

Bailey Barn car park

A large pay and display car park with no height barriers and path leading to the canal wharf.

Note - involves lifting canoe / kayak over or sliding under a cycle barrier.


Charges as of May 2012- £1 per hour or £4 for eight hours

Trowbridge Road Bridge

Put in beneath the bridge.

Bridge 170 - Bradford on Avon

the put in is from the tow path over a low reinforced grass bank without undercut edges, The private road alongside the tow path permits level access to the put in but no vehicles are allowed.


This put in is ideal for users of the Beehive camping field.

Beehive camping field

A greenfield camping area for organized groups with good access to the canal and river Avon. there is a water tap and chemical disposal and the field owner can provide a portaloo if required.


Fees as of July 2013 were £5 per night per tent / caravan / motorhome regardless of number of occupants.


Contact;


Richard Young


Downside Nurseries,

Upper Westwood,

Bradford-on-Avon,

Wiltshire,


BA15 2DE


07970 279749

put in on slipway

You'll need to ask permission at the office or shop. No charge.

large parking lot but was rather busy on the sunny day I was there. No parking charge, but again ask permission.

Couple of miles into Bradford on Avon, West from here.

Beef & Barge pub 100 yards from here. Great setting with veranda overlooking the longboat park. Good food to.

Hilperton, Whaddon Lane

Parking for a couple of cars. Launch under the bridge.

Swing Bridge

Semington

Parking on road - trolley useful.

Pub just along the road - the Somerset Arms

Lock

Lock

Devizes wharf

A large pay and display car park with no height barrier and a slipway. Cafe and canal museum at the end of the car park

All Cannings Bridge

A simple put in from the moorings near the bridge. If they are full, its easy to put in actually under the bridge.

There is a small rough gravel car park on the south side of the bridge, with access through an easy gate.


There is a pub, the King's Head about 5 minutes walk away in All Cannings.

Barge Inn campsite

Nn informal campsite with showers and toilets at the back of the pub. Easy access to the tow path put in and there is a fire pit for those cold evenings. Phone number for the Barge Inn is 01672 851705

The Barge Inn

put in from the stone edged tow path in front of the pub which has a car park.

The Lair of the Beast

Here Be Monsters!!!


Well, an infamous swan who protects his territory & family, especially April to June. Most of his charges are just bluffs. He doesn't like vuvuzelas being blown at him!

Stonehenge and Pewsey canoe club

Waterfront Bistro and Bar

Despite its slightly pretentious name, the bar serves up to 6 real ales and was Pub of the Month recently.

Pewsey Wharf slipway

A small slipway leading off of the BW pay and display car park.

Wootton Rivers

A trolley friendly portage from the bridge down to the lock. roadside parking on north side of bridge toward the pub.


west of lock


east of lock

Day 24 Bliss Trail Expedition

Finish for Day 24 Bliss Trail Expedition

The Bliss Trail (Southern Region)

The Bliss Canoe Trail

"The longest round tour possible" 862.25 miles 1388km a circumnavigation of England by Inland Waterways.

From Canoe by William Bliss published in 1934

The trail is divided into regional sections with the aspiration that each RDT will facilitate and publish an annual opportunity for paddlers to complete their section of the tour.

This section of the trail is yet to be adopted.

Canal walk, Hungerford

Low put in by bridge, no parking in canal walk.

Lock

British waterways car park

Kintbury lock

Easy trolly freindly put ins each side of the lock. British waterways car park opposite pub car park

Dundass Arm

Nice pub. Surrounded by water (well on an island)

Lock

Lock

Lock

Marsh Benham

Lock

Lock

Lock

Sheffield Bottom

Easy put in from the moorings just below the swing bridge and above the lock.


Head upstream under the bridge. There's a lock (easily portaged) about a km or so upstream, continue as far as you want.


Free parking.

Lock

Sulhamstead

Easy put in from the moorings above or below the lock, and head up or downstream easily.


Parking in gravel car park by lock.

Sulhamstead Lock

Free Car Park

Used to be a pay and display car park with an entrance height restriction, but it's now free with no overhead bar. Room for about 20 cars, but can get busy (and a bit muddy).

Sheffield Lock car park

Large free car park. Height restriction bar at entrance.

Lock near Lower Padworth

Quite steep grass banks when portaging.

Lock

Portage on river right. Steep with high sides below lock.

Sheffield Bottom Lock

Easy portage on river right.

Lock

Aldermaston Lock

Due to the swing bridge below the lock being very low, it is likely that you will need to portage both the lock and the bridge in one, crossing the road with care and over the bridge.

Kennet & Avon Canal Trust

Easy put in if heading downstream.


If heading upstream, you will need to carry across the road bridge and beyond the lock - 3-400 yds.


Pay & Display car park is signposted for the visitor centre. Small cafe.

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