Bath to Devizes to The Kennet and Avon Canal

Bath to Devizes – The Kennet & Avon Canal

A 21 mileflat cycle route which is suitable for family/leisure cycle rides which is along mainly good surface. The route is entirely along the Kennet & Avon Canal. The canal between Devizes and Bath opened in 1810. Along the route you will pass locks, bridges and aqueducts and takes you through part of The Avon Valley. You may require a permit to cycle on some canal tow paths. You can download your FREE permit from our homepage by clicking on the link to

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Bath is a city known for its history from the Roman baths from the ‘spa waters’ through to the magnificent Georgian architecture such as ‘The Circus’ There is an abundance of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy as well as theatres and museums in Bath.

Starting from Sydney Gardens on the outskirts of Bath city centre. From Sydney gardens
bear left along the canal towpath and after a few hundred yards you find yourself cycling along the canal towpath leaving the suburbs of Bath. After about 1 mile you pass the village of Bathampton home of the famous product Plastacine (interesting ! ).

Continue along the canal and after about one and a quarter miles past Bathampton you come to a small basin on the canal. At this point the Kennet & Avon Canal meets with The Somerset Canal (straight ahead) . On reaching the basin you cross over the canal and at the end of the basin TURN LEFT across the canal and over the river running next to the canal heading in the direction of Bradford on Avon and Devizes.

After crossing the canal the towpath takes you past a wood on your left and after approximately 3miles you pass the historic town of Bradford on Avon dating back to the Romans. There are plenty of places to get refreshments at Bradford on Avon and also has a medieval bridge and a tithe barn.

Continue along the canal and about a mile past Bradford on Avon you come to Wiltshire’s county town of Trowbridge which was mentioned in The Domesday Book . About three quarters of a mile past Trowbridge you pass some locks on the canal at the small village of Semington.

Continue along the tow path and approximately 4 miles past Semington as you reach the outskirts of Devizes you pass an impressive set of 16 locks on the canal. Continue past the locks as the canal bends slightly to the left and then right for about a quarter of a mile where you come to a car park at The Kennet & Avon Canal Museum on your right hand side. The end of your cycle ride. From here you can make your way in to the centre of Devizes.
Devizes is a busy market town and there are plenty of shops, cafes and bars for you to enjoy at the end of your cycle ride. There are said to be over five hundred listed buildings in the town as well as some notable churches and a Town Hall. The town has grown around the 11th century Norman castle over the years.

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