Passing through Staverton, just north of Trowbridge, this world-famous canal stretches for 87 miles between Reading and Bristol, and has lots for history buffs, and also nature lovers – its length is home to over 100 recorded species of birds. Making its way through the glorious Wiltshire countryside, its towpath is ideal for walkers and cyclists staying in the area. Visitors can walk or cycle to Bradford-on-Avon, just under four miles’ walk along the canal towpath from Trowbridge. This peaceful stretch of the canal is mostly rural, so look out for herons amongst other waterfowl, or maybe take a turn off the towpath and enjoy the lovely woodlands around Widbrook.
You can also walk or cycle to Bradford on Avon, Avoncliff and Bath (approximately 12 miles).
Heading east along the canal, you’ll find the lovely market town of Devizes. Just before you reach the town along the towpath, you can’t miss the Caen Hill Flight. This hill has a series of 29 locks, installed to negotiate a rise of 237 feet over approximately two miles, and was the last major engineering project undertaken on the canal before its opening in 1810.
Nearer to Trowbridge, why not walk to the village of Staverton and have a traditional pub lunch at the Old Bear Inn? If you’re visiting the area over the weekend, the Sunday carvery is not to be missed (please note, bookings are advised).
You’re sure to be able to find out more by visiting the K&A website.