Kennet and Avon Canal

A lovely mix of gorgeous countryside and tranquil canals, the 19-mile Kennet and Avon Canal route is a perfect day out for the whole family. There’s plenty to see and do near the route, including Highclere Castle, Nature Discovery Centre, and the Museum of Reading.

With its gentle gradients and the close-up view of canal side life, the Kennet and Avon Canal route is a wonderful way to explore this corner of Berkshire. Linking Newbury with the modern centre of Reading, the route follows the canal towpath, with an occasional on-road detour.

Quieter than the western section (between Bath and Devizes), it's a delightful day out for the whole family.

There are stations every few miles along the route so it’s easy to plan a day trip. With lots of attractions in the area, including Highclere Castle, Nature Discovery Centre, and the Museum of Reading, it’s worth coming off the canal path and doing some further exploring.

With its lovely mix of gorgeous countryside and tranquil canals, the Kennet and Avon Canal route is a wonderfully peaceful trail.

Towpath Code

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

Kennet and Avon Canal is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy

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