Kennet and Avon    

The Kennet and Avon Canal stretches for 87 miles between Bristol and Reading. It is one of England's most beautiful and most admired canals. It has many delightful towns such as Bradford- on- Avon, Devizes and Newbury. Most impressive of all is the World Heritage site of Bath with its Georgian elegance, Pump Room, Roman Baths and many restaurants, pubs and shops - all a delight to explore.

The Dundas and Avoncliffe aqueducts take the canal over the river Avon and are spectacularly beautiful.

Once out in the countryside, the canal becomes peaceful with abundant wildlife and wooded hillsides, restful farmland and the occasional characterful country pub.

The Kennet and Avon canal has many swing bridges and over 80 locks, but for the real enthusiast the famous Caen Hill flight of 16 locks is a must. There are in total 29 locks at Caen Hill, though the 16 locks are the central part of this feat of engineering. The Bruce Tunnel is a highlight of the canal and is one the many engineering marvels.

It would take about three weeks to explore the full length of the canal but a week's holiday will give you a real flavour of narrow boating and a chance to enjoy the delights offered on the Kennet and Avon.