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Canoeing and Kayaking on : Kennet and Avon Canal

The Kennel and Avon Canal is one of the most famous waterways in Britain, and a perfect place to go canoeing or kayaking.

Crossing the southern half of the country from the Avon at Bristol, to the Thames at Reading, the Kennet & Avon is 87 miles long, and all of this length is open to canoeing.

There are some sections where the number of locks close together makes canoeing and kayaking a little frustration. However, there are also long flat sections with little or no locks, and the one between Pewsey and Devizes is a particularly nice place for a paddle.

As with all canals, there are numerous waterside pubs along the route.

The Kennet and Avon canal forms a major part of the famous Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Marathon, which takes part every Easter weekend, and is a very difficult endurance event of 125 miles. The record for the distance is an amazing 15 hours 34 minutes, set in 1979.

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Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK

A varied route starting in Bradford-on-Avaon. The first half is along the Kennet and Avon Canal through open countryside before passing through Bath and then on down the River Avon.
Return can be arranged easily by train from Keynsham back to start at Bradford on Avon.
It can be easily divided into two with a overnight stop in Bath to provide two days of paddling ideal for a weekend.
The route involves negotiating 9 locks. If portering then the 5 locks end to end that drop nearly 60 feet down to the centre of Bath and down River Avon can be particularly arduous, a trolley is strongly recommended.

The route could be varied by first paddling along the river Avon from Bradfor-on-Avon before transferring to the Kennet and Avon Canal.

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Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK

Canoe and Bike hire available from Towpath trail operated out of TT Cycles shop.

http://www.towpathtrail.co.uk/

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Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK

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.

carry on along the towpath west for another 100 yards for a low timber edged stretch between the moored narrowboats, much more hull friendly.

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Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK

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

Bed and Breakfast available with generous breakfast.

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

Parking available.

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Pewsey, Wiltshire SN9, UK

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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


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Kintbury, West Berkshire, UK

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




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Hungerford, West Berkshire RG17, UK

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

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Devizes, Wiltshire, UK

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Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK

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

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Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK

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.




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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.

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

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Quite steep grass banks when portaging.

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Easy portage on river right.

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

Parking in gravel car park by lock.

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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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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.

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



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

The Barge Inn is pretty famous for being a top spot for an ale. It has recently changed hands, and though it is a little "posher" than before, its only a bit and the welcome is still great. Its run by the local community, and I think its a great place to support. 4 real ales on today, plus local cider.

http://www.the-barge-inn.com/index.php
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Pub and campsite currently closed for refurbishment. new shower block being built
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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

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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.

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Devizes, Wiltshire, UK

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



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Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK

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

Parking is reasonable. £1 per hour or £3 for 8 hrs
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Reached by mooring above and walking down under the aqueduct.

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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.

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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

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Bathampton, Bath and North East Somerset, UK

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)

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Bathampton, Bath and North East Somerset, UK

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.

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