See historic towns
Kennet Avon Canal
Take a canal boat
Take canal locks
up and down hills
Stop at peaceful
pubs and villages
Four Counties Ring
Base 46 is located in the historic town of Bath, on the Kennet and Avon Canal. It is run by one of the largest boat operators in the UK and is easily accessible by road or rail.
Only five minutes from the base are Bath's visitor moorings. From here you can explore the World Heritage city of Bath with its Georgian crescents, Roman Baths and superb cityscape. A good location for a city break!
Dundas Aqueduct and Return: 8 miles 0 locks 4 hours
The Kennet and Avon canal runs east through the beautiful Limpley Stoke valley to the magnificent Dundas Aqueduct carrying the canal high over the River Avon.
Saltford Lock and Return: 14 miles 16 locks 6 hours
Head west towards Bristol, down the locks to Bath City Centre and Pulteney lock, to Saltford lock which marks the last turning point before the no-waiting section to Bristol.
Bristol and Return: 36 miles 26 locks 16 hours
Beyond Bath is the great city of Bristol and its Floating Harbour. Its shops, waterfront bars, clubs, restaurants, museums offer something for just about everyone. Bristol's modernised but historic harbourside gives a blend of the old and the new in this bustling city. See Brunel's iron steamship SS Great Britain or go hands-on in @Bristol.
Foxhanger Wharf and Return: 38 miles 16 locks 21 hours
East beyond Bradford on Avon head into the countryside towards Seend, turning before the Caen Hill flight of locks.
Pewsey and Return: 66 miles 74 locks 42 hours
Continue further east along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Devizes, this time ascending the Caen Hill flight of 29 locks (timed opening) through the Vale of the White Horse to Pewsey. Return down the Caen Hill locks.
Hungerford, Newbury or Reading and Return: 94/112/153 miles 122/144/188 locks 62/72/98 hours
East of Pewsey follow the Kennet and Avon through a mixture of locks, swing and lift bridges through Hungerford and Newbury and perhaps to the end of the canal at Reading. See the Crofton Pump Station with the world's oldest working Beam Engine between Pewsey and Hungerford.
We would not recommend a first timer to cruise to Bristol along the River Avon - as this is a tidal river section and not for the inexperienced.