19 hours from Foxhangers, Bristol combined with the attractions of a modern city and the history of a major Seaport closely associated with exploration of the north Atlantic and trade with the new world. Visit The SS Great Britain and the Matthew moored in the dock
Allow a day to cruise down from the Bath to Bristol where the scenery is more varied than many rivers. But be warned the river rises very quickly after prolonged rain especially in early spring.
10 hours from Foxhangers, a beautiful small city, stone terraces rising from the river on steep hillsides, moor on canal above top lock or drop down onto the river and moor below Pultney Bridge with views of the abbey across the river. Also visit the Roman Baths and take an open top bus tour through the city.
Arguably the most attractive section of the Kennet & Avon canal is the Bath Valley. The canal enclosed in the wooded hillside twice swaps sides across the valley & over the River via the Aqueducts of Dundas and Avoncliff. Take time to explore the secluded settlement of Avoncliff. Dundas Aqueducts and Claverton pumping station are also must-sees.
5 hours from Foxhangers, precariously perched on Avon’s valley side, Bradford on Avon has been described as a clone of Bath albeit to a much smaller scale. Take time to see the 14th-century Tithe Barn and 8th-century simplicity of the Saxon Church of St Lawrence.
Bradford on Avon
A marvel of canal engineering raising boats 240ft in 29 locks over two miles. The last section of the K&A to be re-opened by the Queen in 1990.
Caen Hill Locks
5 hours from Foxhangers, a Wiltshire market town renowned for its Wadworth 6x real ale, which is brewed alongside the canal and delivered by traditional, horse and cart to the local pubs. View the site of the 12th century castle and explore the surrounding medieval streets & buildings.
10 hours from Foxhangers, in the heart of the vale, Pewsey is a charming village which boast many half-timbered houses and thatched cottages. In particular, the vale is well loved for its mixture of picturesque villages and magnificent scenery. The mysterious and undated Wansdyke follows the ridge parallel to the canal for 20 miles offering circular walks with views of Silbury Hill, Avebury and the two largest hills in Wiltshire.
19 hours from Foxhangers, one of the two largest towns in the Kennet Valley offering full amenities, with Hungerford particularly noted for its Antique shops
25 hours from Foxhangers, one of the two largest towns in the Kennet Valley offering full amenities.
33 hours from Foxhangers, seek out the Abbey Ruins for a peaceful mooring off the main line of the river Kennet.