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Bradford on Avon to Bradford on Avon via Bath (5 nights) Monday 22 October 2018

Pultney Weir and Bridge, Bath

This five night cruise is a return trip from the charming historic Cotswold town of Bradford on Avon to the splendid city of Bath and back.

We depart Bradford on Avon Wharf and pass through Bradford lock (the second deepest on the Kennet and Avon at 10ft 3in) heading for our first port of call – Avoncliff, a small hamlet at the Eastern end of John Rennie’s magnificent Avoncliff aqueduct which spans the River Avon. Guests will have the opportunity to view the splendid triple arched structure from below before we cruise across and follow the canal along the scenic Limpley Stoke Valley.

At the Western end of the valley, we encounter another of Rennie’s masterpieces, the Dundas Aqueduct. Named in honour of the first Chairman of the Kennet and Avon Canal Company Sir Charles Dundas, the aqueduct is a scheduled ancient monument and carries the canal across the River Avon again to Dundas Wharf and the delightfully named ‘Brassknocker Basin’.

Beyond Dundas lies the 200 year old Claverton pumping station, home to a wooden water wheel once used to drive pumps lifting much needed water 48ft from the river into the canal. The wheel and pumps have been undergoing restoration for a number of years and have recently been successfully restarted. The station plans to begin opening to visitors during 2017 so a visit may be possible.

From Claverton the navigation winds through spectacular countryside to the picturesque village of Bathampton. The parish church of St Nicholas here is the final resting place of Captain Arthur Phillip, the founder of the first British penal colony in Australia and first governor of New South Wales.

From here a gentle and scenic stretch of canal takes us into the grand city of Bath with its elegant architecture echoed along the canal in numerous ornate bridges and buildings. This cruise includes a trip down through the city’s locks including Bath Deep Lock, the second deepest lock in the country at 19ft 5in and an impressive sight from on or off the boat! At the bottom lock the canal joins the River Avon and (river conditions permitting) we plan to take a short cruise upstream to view the famous Pulteney horseshoe weir and bridge before returning to the canal. Here we will secure a suitable overnight mooring and guests will have time to visit the splendid City of Bath, a designated World Heritage site with a plethora of stunning architecture and interesting attractions to explore.

Following our overnight stay in Bath, we will begin our return journey to Bradford on Avon with another chance to appreciate the spectacular scenery and places of interest along the way. Bradford on Avon is a chocolate box town and boasts a beautifully restored 14th century Tithe Barn close to the canal. The historic town centre nestles on the banks of the River Avon, influenced by its prominent status as a centre for wool and textiles for almost six centuries. We aim to arrive in good time to allow guests the opportunity to visit both the Tithe Barn and Town Centre.

 

Cost per person for this cruise £815.00*                                     Deposit required £408.00 per cabin

To book please select the required number of cabins below. Our three cabins are identical and can all be configured as either twin or double bedded rooms according to your preference.

Please refer to our terms and conditions before booking. If you have any questions or specific requirements please contact us

Twin/Double Cabin Bradford on Avon to Bradford on Avon via Bath Monday 22 October 2018

Cabin Not Available

Price: £408.00

Twin/Double Cabin Bradford on Avon to Bradford on Avon via Bath Monday 22 October 2018

Cabin Not Available

Price: £408.00

Twin/Double Cabin Bradford on Avon to Bradford on Avon via Bath Monday 22 October 2018

Cabin Not Available

Price: £408.00

 

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*based on 2 people sharing a twin/double cabin. Single supplement applies, please see our 2018 price list

.2018 Cruise Schedule        2019 Cruise Schedule

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