A Walk Along The Towpath

Along the towpath, life’s a little slower. Gentle puffs of smoke drift from the chimneys of bobbing barges. The chug of engines making their way up the canal and the swoosh of the water as it leaves the locks. Moorhens, Coots, Mallards and perhaps even the odd Heron or Kingfisher,  occupy the reeds waiting for their next meal or chivvying their children back into their nests. It’s a restful place to be.

Kennet & Avon Canal - Painted Lady Barge

For our holiday in Bath the cottage we stayed in was in Bathampton, about five minutes walk from the Kennet and Avon canal. Most days we took advantage of this, walking into Bath along the towpath. (Click on the photos to see larger versions).

Kennet & Avon Canal - bridges along the canal

Kennet & Avon Canal - Daddy and Bean in the tunnel

If you fancy trying canal life, you can even hire a canal barge for the day.

Kennet & Avon Canal - lock gates

You can walk all the way along the towpath to Bath where the canal meets the River Avon. You can do a little river cruise along the Avon and I’ll be telling you about our trip along the river, later in the month.

Kennet & Avon Canal - Where the canal meets the river

At the end of your journey you might find a tea room, a place to refuel and watch the boats go by. This is the Cheshire Cat tea room on the outskirts of Bath city and it’s well worth a visit. Not much to look at inside but tasty food and if you sit outside, you really feel like your part of the canal life as it goes on around you.

Kennet & Avon Canal - Cheshire Cat Cafe

When Bean’s a bit older we intend to have a family canal barge holiday, but that’s an adventure for another day.


I hope you enjoyed the third of my posts about our holiday to Bath.  Next week we’re off to Laycock Village and Abbey another of the National Trust’s Properties.

I’d love to know if you’ve visited Bath yourself and what you thought, so don’t forget to let us know below.

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4 thoughts on “A Walk Along The Towpath

    • writerdsnelson says:

      I’ve been on a couple of canal holidays and they are great fun. I don’t think we’ll attempt one with Beany though until she’s old enough to be aware of danger around the locks and can swim! The water’s very deep and it pours in fast as you fill up the lock again.

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