Relax and enjoy the nature and the calm surroundings on the Kennet and Avon Canal, by hiring bikes. Enjoy a calm cycle across the Canal from Devizes to Bradford on Avon and Bath, whilst looking at the range of attractions like Crofton Beam Engines and the beautiful countryside that the canal has on offer. The canal offers safe and calm cycling for all the family making your trip even better.
Cycling is a permitted use for most of the length of the towpath. Currently an individual Cycle Pass is required but shortly the Local Authorities will fund general access for all.
Contact the Canal and River Trust in Devizes (01380 722859) for the up-to-date position.
The towpath surface has been improved for cycling by funding through Sustrans - www.sustrans.org.uk
The section from Reading to Bath is part of the National Cycling Route No. 4 from London to St Davids and for the most part uses the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath.
6 berth hire boats
For more information about our 6 berth hire boats please contact us
Devizes Marina Canal Holidays
Tel: 01380 725300
The Kennet & Avon Canal is noted for the quality and variety of its fisheries. However, most of the fishing is under the control of Angling Clubs with only limited day licence angling available.
Coarse fishing is also available in adjacent gravel pits. In the upper Kennet valley, trout fishing is available and there are commercial trout farms close to the canal.
The improved water quality of the Thames estuary has provided conditions for the return of salmon to the River Thames. The weirs on the Kennet are now provided with special passes to enable salmon to reach potential spawning areas.
Relax with pleasant dreams in our rural retreat amid the Wiltshire countryside. Roam the canal towpath and see the gaily-painted narrowboats as they lazily glide through the rippling water and climb the unrivalled flight of Caen Hills Locks, or explore the more challenging walk along the mysterious and undated Wansdyke.
Recent surveys have identified up to 103 different species of bird over the length of the canal. Of these 38 could be classified as specialist waterway birds with 14 species confirmed as breeding. Sand Martins nest in the drain-pipes set in the brick walls of the canal in the centre of Reading.
The relatively rare Reed Bunting (left) is found in many parts of the canal. Wilton Water and the Kennet Valley gravel pits provide significant habitats for breeding and wintering waterfowl. The Red Kite has also been seen in the Great Bedwyn area as it extends its range over the Downs from its base in the Chilterns.