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Dundas Aqueduct

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Planning your visit

Address: Brassknocker Basin, Monkton Combe, BA2 7JD View on Google map

Opening times: All day, everyday

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café

Completed in 1810 by John Rennie, the spectacular Dundas Aqueduct carries the Kennet & Avon Canal over the River Avon and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. That means it's as important as Stonehenge!  In fact, it was the first canal structure to be designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1951.

And now it's won a prestigious Red Wheel plaque from the Transport Trust.

Named after Charles Dundas, the first chairman of the Kennet and Avon Canal Company, the aqueduct forms the junction between the Kennet and Avon Canal and the largely derelict Somerset Coal Canal. The short stretch of the Somerset Coal Canal still in water forms Brassknocker Basin, used for boat moorings, cycle hire and a cafe. A short walk further there is the Dundas Wharf where the small tollhouse, warehouse and crane still stand.

Things to see and do

Take to the towpath:

  • Cycling - hire a bike and visit Avoncliff Aqueduct also built by John Rennie and opened in 1801
  • Walking
  • Canoeing

Places to eat:

Boat trips:

Picnic spot:

You'll find benches dotted along the canal

Wildlife spotting:

A super stretch of idyllic canal where you'll see plenty of ducks, kingfishers and even bats!

Getting here

By car - there's a car park at the Brassknocker Basin

By bus - From Bath, bus route 265 runs past the aqueduct and Brassknocker Basin

By boat - download our free map showing visitor moorings and other boating facilities along the Kennet & Avon Canal

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