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Bradford on Avon: Oxford Canals

Enjoy a canal boat holiday starting from the picturesque Wiltshire town of Bradford on Avon, a base that offers cruises to suit all levels of experience. Heading westward will take you over aqueducts, through bridges and locks to the World Heritage City of Bath, a gentle day’s cruise from the base. For the more experienced cruisers a week will provide adequate time to cruise through Bath and onto Bristol, travelling though countryside along the River Avon.

Suggested Routes From Bradford on Avon

1. BRISTOL & RETURN - ROUTE A
52 Miles, 28 Locks, 1 Week Cruise, 4 hours per day
A leisurely one week cruise through Bath and Keynsham to Bristol and return. The beautiful city of Bath plays host to the meeting of the Avon Navigation and the Kennet and Avon Canal. Arguably only York and Chester on the inland waterways can muster such an appealing backdrop. The Avon is actually navigable for a short distance upstream of the canals junction with the river at the tail of Bath Bottom Lock. It’s a detour well worth making. Spring tides occasionally lick their salty tongues up as far as Keynsham. Scenically the landscape pivots on Hanham : to the east the valley is wide and watermeadowy; to the west wooded and gorgelike. Bristol, hometown of such disparate characters as John Cabot, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Cary Grant. It is a terrific city full of atmospheric passages and corners, alleyways and stairways as befits a former sea-trading port.

2. BATH & DEVIZES - ROUTE B
44 Miles, 86 Locks, Short Break Cruise, 12 hours per day
Head west for a leisurely cruise to Bath and return. Heading east you will encounter several wide locks as you approach Devizes. You can choose to climb the Caen Hill flight but many prefer to moor up and walk or cycle to Devizes. It is possible to combine all of this into one short break – a canaloholics “ideal short break”

3. HUNGERFORD & RETURN - ROUTE C
72 Miles, 120 Locks, 1 Week Cruise, 8 hours per day
A busy weeks cruise through the pretty villages of Wilcot, Pewsey, Crofton and others and with lots of locks. Pewsey repays the trouble to walk down from the wharf. A weather beaten statue depicting King Alfred marks the right-angled entrance into the high street. Wiltshire morphs into Berkshire and a change of county brings a change of mood as the A4 trunk road comes alongside the waterway approaching Hungerford. Hungerford’s imposing parish church of St Lawrence overlooks swing-bridge 85.

 
Bradford on Avon Base Information

Hotels / Guest Houses
Ash House Farm, Chapel Lane, Acton Bridge, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 3QS
Telephone: 01606 852717
Fax: 01606 853752
www.ashhousefarm.co.uk
Prices are around £35.00 per person for bed and breakfast
 

Holly Bush Inn, Warrington, Little leigh, Northwich. Chesire, CW8 4QY
Telephone: 01606 853196
www.thehollybush.net
Price Guide: Double room £48.50  /  Single room £43.50 / Full English Breakfast £6.50
This inn was built in 1641

Happy Guests Lodge, Tarporley Road, Dutton, Chesire, WA4 4EZ
Telephone: 01928 790824
www.happyguestslodge.co.uk/
Price Guide: Double room £44.95 /  Single room £39.95 - Rates includes breakfast


Public Transport

National Rail Enquiries: www.nationalrail.co.uk Tel: 08457 484950
www.thetrainline.com Tel: 0871 244 1545

Nearest Airport: Bristol

Nearest Railway Station: Bradford on Avon


Taxi / Minicabs
Bradford and Avon Taxis Tel: 01225 862277
Beeline Taxis Tel. 01225 433936
Approximate prices: ( subject to change)
Bristol Airport to Bradford Wharf : £45
Heathrow to Bradford Wharf: £100
Gatwick to Bradford Wharf: £130
 


Car Hire
Hertz Car Hire have depots throughout the UK including main airports. We have an exclusive agreement with Hertz who will provide reduced rates for all Black Prince customers. Drop-offs, collections and one ways are all available, allowing you to pick up a car at your arrival point and request a car to be waiting at the end of your holiday for onward travel. To book your car visit www.hertz.co.uk or call 0870 844 4844 and quote CDP 694816.
 
Flying into London

FLYING INTO LONDON
From Heathrow take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington train station. Take the train to Bath about 90 minutes. If you have lots of luggage we suggest you get a taxi direct from Bath to the wharf.

FLYING INTO BRISTOL
We recommend a taxi direct from airport to the wharf.

BY TRAIN
We are about 025 mile walk from Bradford on Avon station (taxis are available). Trains from Bath take about 15 minutes. There are direct traisn from Bristol and London Paddington to Bath. Taxis journey from Bath to the wharf is about 20 minutes.

HOW TO FIND US (by car)
Bradford on Avon is near to Bath. Nerarest Motorway is M4 Junction 18. After leaving the Motorway take the A46 toward Bath, then the A4 toward toward Chippenham. After approx. 2 miles turn right onyo the A363 into Bradford on Avon totown centre. At the town centre take the B3109 toward Frome and follow for about half a mile until you cross the canal bridge on a sharp bend. The boatyard is directly after this on the left.


How To Find Us (By Road)

Our base at Acton Bridge is situated beside the A49 (Warrington to Whitchurch road) 4 miles south of Junction 10 on the M56 and 300 yards north of the swing bridge crossing the River Weaver.
www.theaa.com/route-planner


Groceries
There is Sainsbury Supermarket 2 minutes drive / 5 minutes walk from the wharf.

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