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Kennet Avon Canal Bradford on Avon to Bath

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Syndey Wharf Bridge No. 188


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ST7564
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright


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2011
ST7564 : Canal towpath in Bath by Philip Halling
Towpath beside the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath in Bath.
by Philip Halling



February 2007
ST7564 : Bath narrowboats by Roger Cornfoot
The main hire centre, at the west end of the canal.
by Roger Cornfoot



February 2012
ST7564 : Kennet & Avon Canal, Bath by Gareth James
The Bath Hire Boat base just above Sydney Wharf Bridge.
February, and the fleet's in port again - Yo! Ho! This is the time of year for servicing, maintenance and repairs. Quite a different view from Easter to mid October. MEP



1977
ST7564 : Sydney Wharf Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath by Dr Neil Clifton
This shows the southern face of the bridge, which carries an important urban road.
by Dr Neil Clifton



2007





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Bath Top Lock no.13 : Pulteney Lock no.12

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2005 ST7564 : House above the Kennet and Avon Canal at Bathwick. by Jonathan Billinger 2007 ST7564 : Lock keeper's cottage by Paul Taylor 2011 ST7564 : Kennet and Avon Canal in Bath by Philip Halling




2006
ST7564 : Bath Top Lock, Kennet & Avon Canal by Pierre Terre
The sixth lock up from the Avon, and the last until Bradford-on-Avon.
by Pierre Terre



2012
ST7564 : Bath Built Bridge by D M Wilmot
A 'footbridge' over the Top Lock, on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Widcombe, Bath.
Built by Stothert & Pitts, who also constructed dockside cranes.
by D M Wilmot



1977
ST7564 : Pulteney Gardens Lock No 12,  Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath by Dr Neil Clifton
This is the second lock down on the Bath flight, taken from the top lock.
by Dr Neil Clifton



2006
ST7564 : Kennet & Avon Canal, Pulteney Lock, Bath by Pierre Terre
View downstream from Bath Top Lock to Pulteney lock and weir.
by Pierre Terre



2004
ST7564 : Old GWR Canal Bridge Sign, Pulteney Road by mark harrington
This sign dates to the early years of the 20th Century, from the days when the Kennet and Avon Canal was owned (and progressively run down) by the Great Western Railway. The canal behind is roughly mid way down the Widcombe Flight.
by mark harrington



2006
ST7564 : Abbey View Lock, Kennet and Avon Canal by Pierre Terre
The fourth lock up from the Avon, looking upstream.
by Pierre Terre



1977
ST7564 : Below Lock No 12, Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath by Dr Neil Clifton
The very ornate chimney seen to the right of this image by Dr.Clifton was built to serve a steam engine which pumped water from the neighbouring pound to the top of the flight. See comments below. MEP



1977
ST7564 : Pound above Lock No 10, Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath by Dr Neil Clifton
Seen from above in 1977.
by Dr Neil Clifton



1977


2006
ST7564 : Wash House Lock, Kennet and Avon Canal by Pierre Terre
Looking upstream. This is the third lock up from the Avon.
by Pierre Terre



2006
ST7564 : Kennet and Avon Canal below Horseshoe Walk Bridge by Pierre Terre
Looking upstream to Horseshoe Walk Bridge and Sydney Buildings.
by Pierre Terre



2006
ST7564 : Kennet & Avon Canal below Wash House Lock by Pierre Terre
Looking downstream to Bath Deep Lock.
by Pierre Terre



2006 From the top
ST7564 : Bath Deep Lock, Kennet and Avon Canal by Pierre Terre
View downstream. This was originally two locks, hence the unusual depth.
by Pierre Terre



2006 From the bottom
ST7564 : Barges in Lock, Bath by don cload
Very deep lock at the end of the canal in Bath.
by don cload



2006
ST7564 : Below Bath Deep Lock, Kennet and Avon Canal by Pierre Terre
View upstream from under Pulteney Road Bridge
by Pierre Terre



2008
ST7564 : Kennet and Avon Canal in Bath by Derek Harper
A similar view to ST7564 : Below Bath Deep Lock, Kennet and Avon Canal, taken from the west side of the Rossiter Road bridge, which crosses the canal diagonally.
by Derek Harper


The ornate chimney by the side of Lock 7, below, was built around 1833. The building attached housed a steam engine which pumped water from the bottom lock half way up the flight to the pound above Lock 11, from where a second engine pumped water to the pound above the top lock. Both engines were sold in 1855. Only the even more ornate chimney remains of the upper engine.
from The Kennet and Avon Canal by Kenneth R. Clew MEP

2008 A 7ft narrowboat will pass through a single gate on the K&A which is very convenient when only one crew member is available. Great care should be taken not to rub the boat against the closed gate causing wear and leakage. British Waterways generally disapprove of this practice and you may receive a yellow card if seen. I'm a fine one to talk.
ST7564 : Bath Bottom Lock by Stephen McKay
A narrowboat squeezes through one of the top gates as it enters the last lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal before joining the River Avon.
by Stephen McKay



1977
ST7564 : Widcombe Lock No 7, Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath by Dr Neil Clifton
This is the bottom lock of the Bath flight, and below here is the junction with the River Avon
by Dr Neil Clifton



2008 A 7ft narrowboat will pass through a single gate on the K&A which is very convenient when only one crew member is available. Great care should be taken not to rub the boat against the closed gate causing wear and leakage. British Waterways generally disapprove of this practice and you may receive a yellow card if seen. I'm a fine one to talk.
ST7564 : Bath Bottom Lock by Stephen McKay
A narrowboat squeezes through one of the top gates as it enters the last lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal before joining the River Avon.
by Stephen McKay



2008
ST7564 : Turning basin on the Kennet and Avon Canal by Jonathan Billinger
Looking east at Dolemeads by the final lock into the River Avon.
by Jonathan Billinger



2006
ST7564 : Entrance to Kennet & Avon Canal, Bath by Pierre Terre
The entrance to Bath Bottom Lock on the K & A from the River Avon. Pulteney Weir is the limit of navigation on the main river.
by Pierre Terre



1977
ST7564 : Canal/River junction in Bath by Dr Neil Clifton
Through the bridge in the centre, and you could take your boat to London, or, for that matter, to Birmingham or York
by Dr Neil Clifton



2007 ST7564 : Footbridge by Roger Cornfoot 2008 ST7564 : Kennet & Avon Canal, Bath by Stephen McKay 2006 ST7564 : Bath Bottom Lock, Kennet & Avon Canal by Pierre Terre 2007 ST7564 : Canal junction by Roger Cornfoot



BATH


We come to the Bath end of the canal section of the Kennett & Avon Navigation.
There have been a number of attempts to make the river Avon navigable between Hamham Mills and Bath from 1606 when a bill was introduced in Parliament for the purpose, though it failed to pass. A bill eventually received the Royal Assent on 22nd May 1712, though nothing was done until 1724 when John Hore of Newbury was employed. By 1727 only two of the six locks, Saltford and Weston, were uncompleted.
Information from Kenneth R. Clew's The Kennett & Avon Canal where there is much more detail.

The River Avon is normally a quiet creature but can turn into a raging beast in times of flood. Care should be taken. From the canal exit it is worth turning left, upstream, as far as Pulteney Weir, the head of navigation, but be careful not to approach too close, if you get drawn in to the base of the weir you may need assistance getting off.
KML

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