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.