Travel to Bath by Narrowboat

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

Setting off from our canal boat hire base on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Hilperton, near Trowbridge in Wiltshire, they enjoy a weekend break afloat.

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

She says they had a full induction prior to getting onto the boat, and although they were daunted by what lay ahead after pulling out of the boat yard, they did get the hang of navigating quite quickly and used a map from the boat yard to give them “prior warning of places to moor, bridges…locks and the all-important 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, which Clare describes as “reminiscent of Bath but without the crowds.”

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