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Kennet and Avon Canal


The Kennet and Avon Canal is over a hundred miles long with over 100 locks. It is an impressive feat of engineering. The canal was reopened in 1990 after years of deriliction and decay.

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The Kennett and Avon Canal runs from the Severn Estuary near Bristol to the River Thames at Reading. Many bridges, aqueducts and other structures were built in impressive classical style, designed by John Rennie. Whilst his work was not always a success there are some impressive structures on the canal.

The Canal cuts through wooded hills and the famous Avon Gorge on its way to Bristol and then meanders up to Bath. Bath was a Roman spa town and has many Roman remains, though the spa baths are no longer open.

You will then climbs the Caen flight of locks to Devizes with its medieval buildings and Norman remains. You will enjoy rolling hillsides along the Vale of Pewsey (with its White Horse cut into the hillside) towards the market town of Hungerford.

At Hungerford you will then descend through wonderful pasturelands & woods. Finally at busy Reading with its new business parks you will find the Junction to River Thames.