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The Kennet and Avon Canal

Hiking the full canal from Reading to Bristol plus 20 day walks

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Guidebook to walking along the Kennet & Avon Canal. The 94 mile route from Reading to Bristol is split into 7 stages of fairly easy walking, and includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath and Bristol's Floating Harbour. 20 circular walks are also included, ranging from 4¼ to 9 miles, taking in the best sections of the canal.


The canal and walks can be undertaken at any time: summers tend to be fairly dry and mild, spring and autumn offer some of the best walking conditions. In winter some paths can be quite muddy and some routes may be impassable if rivers become flooded - however, walking alongside the canal on a clear, frosty winter's day can be a magical experience.


Reading, Newbury, Hungerford, Great Bedwyn, Pewsey, Devizes, Bradford-on-Avon, Bath, Keynsham and Bristol


Fairly easy walking on mostly good paths and tracks through fairly low-level terrain (below 286m above sea level). The stages on the canal walk range in length from 15.5 to 29.7 km (9¾ to 18½ miles); however, these can be easily split into shorter stages if required. The circular walks range from 6.8 to 14.5 km (4¼ to 9 miles) and include several, sometimes steep, ascents and descents, however, they should be suitable for most walkers.

Must See

Numerous fascinating features along the canal, such as Crofton Pumping Station, the impressive Caen Hill flight of locks at Devizes, aqueducts at Avoncliff and Dundas; picturesque towns and villages, with pubs, ancient churches; Georgian splendour at Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, vibrant Bristol and its Floating Harbour; the canal travels through an interesting, gentle landscape, ranging from the rolling chalk hills of the North Wessex Downs AONB in the east to the limestone country in the west, touching on the southern edge of the Cotswolds AONB.
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15 Aug 2024
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.40cm

Two-part guidebook to walking along the Kennet and Avon Canal. The first part describes the 152km (94 mile) route from Reading to Bristol, incorporating the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath and Bristol’s Floating Harbour. The second part describes 20 circular walks, taking in the best sections of the canal and interesting places nearby. All routes can be walked year-round and are suitable for walkers of every ability.

The canal path route is described in 7 stages of 15 to 29km (9 to 18 miles), though it can easily be split into shorter or longer stages. The day walks are between 7 and 15km (4 and 9 miles) are described, taking between 2-4.5 hours.

  • OS 1:50,000 mapping and step-by-step route descriptions for each walk
  • Easy access from Reading, Newbury, Hungerford, Great Bedwyn, Pewsey, Devizes, Bradford-on-Avon, Bath, Keynsham and Bristol
  • Highlights include Crofton Pumping Station, the Caen Hill flight of locks at Devizes, the ornate aqueducts at Avoncliff and Dundas and the North Wessex Downs and Cotswolds AONB
  • Comprehensive planning information and information on local history, geology and wildlife 
  • GPX files available to download? 

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Steve Davison Cicerone author SDAVISON

By Steve Davison

Steve Davison is a writer and photographer who has written a number of books, including several guidebooks published by Cicerone. He has also written articles for a range of outdoor magazines and other publications. A keen hill walker for most of his life, with interests in nature, geology and the countryside, Steve is a qualified Mountain Leader and has also previously worked as a part-time outdoor education instructor. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild. Find out more about him at 

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