Kayaking in Bath is the perfect activity to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the waterway, whilst admiring the scenic setting of the Kennet and Avon Canal, nestled in the Somerset countryside.
ABOUT THE KENNET AND AVON CANAL
From Bristol to Bath the canal follows the course of the River Avon before joining the River Kennet when it reaches Newbury. In total the waterway is 87 miles long and incorporates 105 locks. Running amidst rolling hills and pasturelands the Kennet and Avon canal is the perfect location to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside. The canal is a popular location for boating, canoeing, paddle boarding and kayaking, attracting plenty of visitors each year looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The Kennet and Avon Canal is an ideal location for beginners, the water is incredibly still which provides a smooth journey on the waterway.
KAYAK OR CANOE?
What is the difference between a kayak and canoe? Kayaks are more light-weight which makes them slightly easier to manoeuvre. In a kayak the paddler uses a double-bladed paddle to cut through the water, the paddler will be seated with their legs stretched out in front of them. In a canoe the paddler is either kneeling or seated on a bench and uses a single bladed paddle to propel themselves forward. Canoes are a popular choice for families as they can often seat more people than a kayak can.
KAYAK AND CANOE HIRE
Bath Narrowboats – Canoe hire, Monday – Sunday (half day) £15 for 1st hour for 1 -2 people, £20 per hour 3 – 4 people. £80 for a full day and evening. Address: Sydney Wharf, Bathwick Hill, Bath, BA2 4EL
If kayaking is an activity you have tried before and love, purchasing your own kayak could be a worthwhile investment. You will have the opportunity to explore more places as you will be less restricted to staying within the parameter of the kayak hire company.
KAYAKING IN BATH
A fantastic starting point to explore the Kennet and Avon Canal is Bathampton. Follow this postcode BA2 6TR to navigate your way to a suitable launch point. You will be able to park for free very close to the water and easily lower your kayak into the canal.
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POINTS OF INTEREST
Warleigh Weir – Located on the River Avon, Warleigh Weir is a popular spot for wild swimming. The weir is easily accessible from the Kennet and Avon Canal and reached by walking a short distance down the track and across the railway line.
Dundas Aqueduct – Situated close to Monkton Combe in Somerset, the aqueduct carries the Kennet and Avon Canal over The River Avon. This point of interest boast spectacular views across the water and Somerset countryside.
KAYAKING IN BATH – ADVENTURE DAYS AND TRAINING
Original Wild offer multi day adventures and training days in Bath and Bathampton. The unique sessions are held during the day as well as offering night and evening sessions. Ideal for groups, hen and stag parties and corporate days.
Private tours £35p
Kayak by Night £25pp
Try kayaking sessions £20pp
WHAT TO TAKE
- Water – Make sure you keep hydrated.
- Change of clothes.
- Waterproof phone case.
- Phone power bank.
- Jumper/coat – Weather dependant.
- Basic first aid kit.
- Snacks – Protein bars are great for an energy boost.
- Footwear – Water shoes or footwear you don’t mind getting wet.
BEFORE YOU GO
Make sure you check the weather forecast before setting off, and familiarise yourself with the route.
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