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Walking from Bradford on Avon to Avoncliff Aqueduct

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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
Published September 15th 2017
Bradford On Avon: Walking, boating and Aqueducting
Bradford On Avon is a beautiful and independently-minded town just seven miles from Bath. It also boasts a wonderful walk along its canal that takes in a 14TH Century Tithe Barn, idyllic canal towpaths and a stunning Victorian aqueduct. I took a morning walk there today and enjoyed every scenic second of it.

Avoncliff Aqueduct

My walk began at the imposing 14th Century Tithebarn, which is just off the bustling centre of Bradford On Avon. It is a remarkable example of England's agricultural past and measures 50 metres in length. Once the epicentre of grain storage for the region, it is now a monument to be enjoyed.

Tithe Barn
The timber-roofed barn

Turning right at the barn and following the river, my walk led me along the banks of the river Avon, along a wide, well-paved road that sloped gently upwards to the canal towpath. The trees were teeming with birds and wildlife, and many walkers were out enjoying the sunny weather.

Route up to the towpath

Following the gentle beat of barge engines, I walked uphill to the canal and saw many residential boats and boaters, just beginning their mornings. The canal is wide in Bradford and at times resembles a river rather than a barge waterway.

Morning on the canal

I headed onwards and reached Avoncliff after 30 minutes, stopping for a coffee at the wonderful Avoncliff aqueduct. This aerial bridge takes canal barges over the river Avon, speeding them towards the Bath Locks, a few nautical miles away. The aqueduct is an impressive structure and I enjoyed the spectacle from the beer garden of the Cross Guns Pub, with a cappuccino from their deli.

The Aavon, as seen from the Cross Guns pub

Coffee break
A moment's rest

If you crave a little respite from city life, then this is truly the place to seek some gentle solitude. Aim for the early morning if you want to embrace this path by yourself.
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Why? Beautiful canal-side walk
When: All times of the year
Phone: 01225 862335
Where: Bradford On Avon, Wiltshire
Cost: Free
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