The history of the Kennet and Avon Canal began way back in 1626 when an Oxford don named Henry Briggs decided it would be good idea to construct an artificial waterway joining the Avon and Thames rivers. However, legal wranglings, a lack of cash and logistical problems all conspired to delay the completion of the canal until 1810.
In the late 19th and early 20th century the canal fell into disrepair as the railways grew in popularity and importance, but it was largely restored by volunteers in the late 20th century, to become an important heritage destination. Visitors to the city of Bath can walk along the stretch that runs through the city, affording glorious views over its famous Georgian terraces and parks.
Other visitors come and stay for days or weeks, hiring a canal boat and exploring the canal as it winds its way through the glorious countryside in this part of England. Equally impressive is the huge array of navigable locks and weirs along the way, which made it possible to travel across England by boat, from east to west, for the first time.
Find out more about The Kennet and Avon Canal on our Bath tour. Click here for more information.