Kennet and Avon Canal

A canal side towpath through rural England

Length 96.9 miles (156.0 km)
Toughness 4 / 10
Off Road 95% - canal towpath. Between Great Bedwyn and Devizes (roughly the middle 35 miles), the towpath is muddy and narrow in places, so the official, NCN path doesn't follow the canal. Its is passable - just take care and give extra priority to anglers and pedestrians on narrow sections

Follow a tranquil towpath from Reading through Wiltshire to Bradford upon Avon, over an aqueduct and eventually to Bath.

Links up with the Thames Path in the east, and a disused railway line path to Bristol, and Bath's famous '2 Tunnels' path in the west


London Paddington to Reading, Bath and Bristol. There are cheaper trains from Waterloo to Bath only. You'll need to reserve bike places on these trains

The route follows a railway line for the entire way, so there are plenty of places to cut it short

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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234



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