GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Kennet and Avon Canal Cycle Route

76 miles (122 km)

The Kennet and Avon Canal runs from the Thames at Reading to Bath. It's great for easy cycling with nearly all of the canal open to cyclists. Several sections have a nice wide, surfaced towpath making it ideal for families or anyone looking for a nice traffic free ride. On the way you'll enjoy lovely views of the Somerset, Berkshire, and Wiltshire countryside, passing through a series of pretty villages and the beautiful Vale of Pewsey. There's also several nice canalside pubs where you can stop for refreshments and rest your legs.
Much of the route follows National Cycle Network Route 4 so it is well signed throughout.
Starting on the Thames in Reading, you head south and then west to Aldermaston Wharf, Woolhampton, Thatcham, Newbury, Hungerford and Devizes where you will pass the impressive Caen Hill Locks. The final section takes you through Bradford-on-Avon before a lovely run into Bath which includes views of the River Avon.
To continue your cycling you can pick up the Bristol and Bath Railway Path in Bath. It's another easy, traffic free ride linking the two famous cities on a disused railway line.

Kennet and Avon Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Kennet and Avon Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Along the Towpath - - 496462

Towpath view

Bradford on Avon Wharf

Bradford on Avon Wharf

Kintbury Lock 04

Kintbury Lock

Kennet and Avon Canal, Hungerford


Kennet and Avon Canal, Hilperton - - 66426

Kennet and Avon Canal, Hilperton

Caen Hill Locks, 2016

Caen Hill Locks