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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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This easy terrain walk covers towpaths for 20 miles. Along this walk, courtesy of The Outdoor Guide, you can admire the Avoncliff Aqueduct and the grand finale which is Caen Hill lock flight at Devizes.
“I am thrilled that The Outdoor Guide and Canal & River Trust are working together to inspire people to head out for walks along our beautiful waterways. The outdoors should be available to all.”
The walk takes you from Bath to Devizes – virtually all of it alongside some of the most breathtakingly beautiful canals to be found anywhere as you stride down the Avon Valley.
Head south from Pulteney Bridge in Bath with the water on your right and you walk into a wonderland of canals, canal boats and canal people.
There is a bit of an uphill walk to start with, following six restored locks. You then walk through Sydney Gardens, one of the most exclusive areas in Bath.
Head through the tunnel and you will arrive in countryside, then to the village of Bathampton which seems to live and breathe canals and has moorings crammed with boats and barges.
The next port of call is Dundas Wharf. From here you head to Limply Stoke Valley. Then it's a short walk to the Avoncliff Aqueduct.
Here the canal crosses the River Avon and provides views of the surrounding countryside that are little short of stunning. Undoubtedly though, the best is saved for last as you reach the Caen Hill lock flight at Devizes. Here the canal is raised 235-feet and you can see close up on of the seven wonders of Britain’s waterways.
There are great rail services to Bath and Chippenham.
Recommended Maps: OS Explorer 155 and 156.
For more information please see this walk on The Outdoor Guide website