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Kennet and Avon exploration

A moderate walk (canal) in Wiltshire, England, about 11.60km (7.21 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 104m (341ft)
Descent 91m (298ft)
Max. Elevation 120m (393ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 195m (639ft)
Start & End
Bradford on Avon
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 10 Sep 2011
This route loops around the Kennet and Avon canal, from Bradford on Avon to Monkton Coombe, then back to Avoncliff. The route includes canal towpaths, riverside stretches, farmland, woods and some lovely villages - typical of this area on the Wiltshire-Somerset border. Plenty of refreshment stops along the way. Only downside is the walk covers three OS maps, so you will need to keep switching. But if that's the worst thing that happens then you're in for an easy day.

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OS Grid ST824606
Start the walk at Bradford on Avon. There is a train station and plenty of bus services.
OS Grid ST822604
From the station, head across the car park and past the toilets to a small riverside park. The first point of interest (unless you are a fan of car parks or public toilets) is a 14th century stone tithe barn.
About 0.33 km (~0.21 miles) from
OS Grid ST795598
Switch from a canal walk to a riverside walk as you head towards Freshford.
About 2.74 km (~1.7 miles) from
OS Grid ST787600
This is a great place to stop for lunch or a pot of tea. Galleries cafe (www.galleriesshop.co.uk) is a community-run shop and cafe in Freshford. The quiche is highly recommended.
About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid ST780609
Walk through the village and be suitably impressed by the beautiful bathstone houses that you almost certainly can't afford. At the main road, cross carefully as it's a busy one, then just opposite is the footpath through Limpley Woods.
About 1.17 km (~0.73 miles) from
OS Grid ST779615
Look for the yurt hidden away in the trees.
About 0.63 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid ST776618
When out of the woods, backtrack along the river to reach the bridge.
About 0.39 km (~0.24 miles) from
OS Grid ST781622
After crossing the river, you rejoin the canal near a small row of shops.
About 0.59 km (~0.37 miles) from
OS Grid ST784625
Cross the canal at the aqueduct and begin the return to Freshford.
About 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
OS Grid ST785618
As you walk along the canal towpath, you can see the river further down the slope.
About 0.71 km (~0.44 miles) from
OS Grid ST783608
A good spot to look back across at the way you came in.
About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from
OS Grid ST792606
Hope you don't see atrain as you walk past Freshford Station, as you won't make it to Avoncliff in time.
About 0.94 km (~0.58 miles) from
OS Grid ST803601
Finish up back at Avoncliff for the train home. What's that? Time for another pint before the next train? Oh go on then.
About 1.23 km (~0.76 miles) from

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