Can you recommend a canal route in UK?

MY HUSBAND AND TWO OTHER COUPLES ARE PLANNING A 7-DAY NARROW BOAT HOLIDAY IN THE UK . IDEALLY WE WANT A CANAL ROUTE THAT HAS LOTS OF VILLAGES AND PUBS AND WE NEED TO GET TO THE START POINT BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

The 140-kilometre Kennet and Avon Canal is the classic British waterway, and one of the most beautiful. Running from Reading, west of London, to Bristol, the waterway follows the natural course of the Thames from Reading to Newbury, where it joins the Kennet and Avon Canal to join with the Avon River at Bath before the final leg of the journey to Bristol. It includes spectacular stretches of countryside, including the West Berkshire hills, the southern end of the Cotswolds and the lovely Georgian city of Bath, passing through 105 locks. Getting to and from the start and finish points by public transport is no problem. A week is just about the right amount of time, and there is no shortage of riverside pubs and villages along the way. You can find out more information on this historic waterway, plus contacts and information on canal boat operators, at the Canal Junction website . See also the website of Canal Holidays .

This question and answer first appeared in The Tripologist column of Fairfax’s Traveller. Read more at www.traveller.com.au




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