Travel to Bath by Narrowboat

Clare Minall and her family travelled to Bath and back on their first narrowboat holiday.

They set off for a weekend away from our canal boat hire base on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Hilperton.  This is near Trowbridge in Wiltshire.

Clare describes their boat, saying it was “well appointed and had everything we needed for our stay”.

She says they had a full induction prior to getting onto the boat.  Although they were daunted by what lay ahead after pulling out of the boat yard, they did get the hang of navigating quite quickly.  They used a map from the boat yard to give them “prior warning of places to moor, bridges…locks and…turning points.”

They travelled through Bradford on Avon lock and over Avoncliff and Dundas Aqueducts.  They stopped at the George Inn at Bathampton and enjoyed at cream tea at the Lock Café in Bradford on Avon.  Clare describes Bradford on Avon as “reminiscent of Bath but without the crowds.”

To read Clare’s full review, go to