Kennet & Avon Canal, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

This 87 mile long stretch of water links London with the Bristol Channel, passing through some very picturesque countryside on it’s route. The wharf at Bradford on Avon was once the busiest on the Kennet & Avon, or the K&A as they call it, and it still gets busy in the summer, with people coming to hire boats and bikes, or just to stroll along the towpath to the medieval Tithe Barn. There are a few places to eat including two inns and the fabulous Lock Inn Café with its floating boat restaurant, and you can hop on board a narrow boat for an unhurried trip along the waterway to Dundas or Avoncliff Aqueducts. It’s nice to just find a quiet spot for a picnic and if you’re lucky you’ll see some of the resident wildlife – ducks, swans and moorhens, and maybe even the blue-green flash of a kingfisher.

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