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Kennet and Avon Canal, South West England


  • Located in South West England, England
  • Canal built to connect Bristol City to Reading (and via Reading up the River Thames to London)
  • The world's steepest flight of locks at Caen Hill are part of the Kennet and Avon Canal
  • Canal linking the River Avon (Gloucestershire to Bristol) to the west of England with the River Kennet (and then the River Thames)
  • Opened in 1810, in decline from the early 1840s with the coming of the railway
  • Passes through Bath, Bradford-on-Avon, Newbury
  • Closed in the mid-1950s
  • Restored by British Waterways and The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust and re-opened in 2003
  • From the Kennet and Avon Canal Museum, Devizes: 'River and Canal (From 1810). A horse can pull a barge laden with a load of (say) 70 tons. The journey from Bristol to London along 166 miles of waterway might take about 16 days. Even though navigation on the Thames was often hindered by shoals and shallows, this was much more economical than a journey by packhorse or waggon.' and 'Railway (From 1845). Once Bristol and London were connected by railway, goods could be carried between those cities in about four hours or less, about a hundred times faster than by water, and even cheaper'

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Kennet and Avon Canal Museum

Located in Devizes, Wiltshire, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Excellent small museum exploring the history of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Takes visitor from the eighteenth century to the modern day. Describes how the canal was conceived, built, used. Outlines its decline with the co...

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Wadworth Brewery and Visitor Centre

Located in Devizes, Wiltshire, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Located in the historic market town of Devizes in Wiltshire. Wadworth Brewery was founded in 1875. Every day shire horses and dray men deliver casks to local pubs. The brewery also boasts its own cooper, one of only eigh...

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Devizes Market Cross and Marketplace

Located in Devizes, Wiltshire, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Devizes Marketplace is the largest in the west of England. Formed from the outer bailey of Devizes Castle (now a private residence). It contains the Market Cross, built in 1814 by a former Prime Minister and on its east...

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Less than a mile away.

Rates: 19 - 55 Per Night

At Travelodge, we provide the essentials for a comfortable night's sleep whether you're on the road for business, enjoying a city break with friends or family or you just need a bed for the night....

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Lansdowne Strand Hotel, Calne
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Approximately 5.7 miles away.

Total Rooms: 26; Rates: 60 - 130 Per Night

This prominent Grade II listed building is situated on the A4 Built in the 18th century, the original Brewery House is still intact and overlooks the medieval courtyard...

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The Conigre Hotel, Melksham
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Approximately 6.2 miles away.

Total Rooms: 8; Rates: 55 - 85 Per Night

This charming, family-run, 400 year old farmhouse has been converted to a friendly, 8-bedroom hotel and restaurant, easily accessible from the A350...

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