River Avon Trail: Bristol to Bath, Part 1

This 13 mile walk follows the River Avon from Hanham Mills on the outskirts of Bristol to Bath (the Bristol Avon, not to be confused with Shakespeare’s Avon or any of the others).

We wanted to ensure we had finished the entire Kennet & Avon Navigation and not just the canal itself which have already completed.

dsc01377We ventured to the riverside hamlet of Hanham Mills, Bristol, where the first of the waterway’s 107 locks can be found.

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Hanham Lock

Hanham Mills is made up of a row of beautiful riverside cottages and two pubs, one aptly named The Old Lock and Weir. Narrowboats line the banks here, and many of the boat-owners call this their home.

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Weir, Hanham Mills

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Hanham Mills

dsc01388dsc01389dsc01391dsc01380We set off along the grassy riverside path, taking in the lush surroundings. Despite being the middle of June the weather was grey and drizzly. Across the river we could see the nearby town of Keynsham.

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River Avon, Leaving Bristol

dsc01407dsc01409dsc01412dsc01420dsc01423dsc01428The path took us through several fields and at one point led us right underneath an pylon – this giant metal structure felt extremely imposing when up so close and we could actually hear the menacing buzz of the power lines.

The rain began to get heavier, but it was so warm and humid that we did not put on our waterproofs. We arrived at the second lock of our journey next to the appropriately named Lock Keeper inn at Keynsham.

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Keynsham Lock

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The Lock Keeper, Keynsham

The riverside path then continued past Portavon Marina, where many boats of all types and sizes are housed. Even more narrowboats were moored along the next stretch of river, including some which were being worked upon at a boatyard. The countryside was very nice along this stretch and complimented the river perfectly.

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dsc01468dsc01469dsc01473dsc01474dsc01478dsc01480dsc01487dsc01498We carried on through the long grass eventually passing under a huge railway bridge.

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Avon Valley Railway

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Underneath Avon Riverside station

The railway in question is the Avon Valley Railway which used to carry passengers up to the North of the country or down into Dorset but was sadly closed in 1960. However volunteers have helped restore three miles of the tracks and now steam trains run along it once more and its is also used as a cycle route.

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Continue our route on the next page below;

7 thoughts on “River Avon Trail: Bristol to Bath, Part 1

  1. Shame about the weather! It’s such a pretty area. You’ve reminded me that I still have a canalside walk to post from my visit to Skipton. It was a wet old day and it doesn’t do the place justice. Still, we did have our share of nice weather this year. 🙂

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