From the majesty of the River Thames to the peaceful countryside of the Kennet & Avon Canal, the waterways of southern England offer narrowboat holiday-makers the chance to enjoy some of Britain’s best loved countryside, as well visit iconic cities like Bath and Oxford.
Passing through the southern foothills of the Cotswolds, along the edge of the ancient Savernake Forest and through the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal offers canal boaters the chance to visit historic towns and villages, and the World Heritage City of Bath.
The River Thames combines scenic splendour, with riverside pubs and world class heritage attractions, including Windsor Castle and the Bodleian Library in Oxford. There are gastronomic delights to enjoy along the way, including the village of Bray with Heston Blumenthal’s famous Fat Duck restaurant and the Roux family’s Waterside Inn.
Meandering gently through the English countryside, the Oxford Canal follows the contours around hills, and is dotted with pretty villages, rural pubs and nature reserves.
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Things to see & do
From quiet country pubs and village churches, to exciting historic attractions where history and culture come to life, you’ll find plenty of places to visit on your canal journey.