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Bradford on Avon and Avoncliff

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Bradford on Avon and Avoncliff
Author: Claire, Published: 29 Jan 2019 Walk Rating:star1 Bradford on Avon and Avoncliff, Wiltshire Walking Guidestar1 Bradford on Avon and Avoncliff, Wiltshire Walking Guidestar1 Bradford on Avon and Avoncliff, Wiltshire Walking Guidestar1 Bradford on Avon and Avoncliff, Wiltshire Walking Guidestar1 Bradford on Avon and Avoncliff, Wiltshire Walking Guide
Wiltshire, Bradford on Avon
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Bradford on Avon and Avoncliff
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Bradford on Avon and Avoncliff, Wiltshire Walking Guide boot Bradford on Avon and Avoncliff, Wiltshire Walking Guide
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A 3.5 mile circular walk from the picturesque town of Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire. The walking route is a popular waterside gem, leading you alongside the River Avon and then the Kennet and Avon Canal, with plenty of boat-life and wildlife to enjoy along the way. At the halfway point you will reach the remarkable Avoncliff Aqueduct, which carries the canal high above the river and gives fabulous views. The return leg includes a stretch through a fern-filled atmospheric woodland plus a visit to a Tithe Barn dating from the 1300s, now surrounded by quaint craft workshops.

The walk is relatively flat for the most part, with some access slopes plus one moderate climb during the return leg. The outward riverside paths and towpaths are normally firm with only a few puddles and surface mud, but the return woodland and field paths can become quite muddy in winter. The outward leg includes no stiles or gates (making it suitable for wheelchairs if you return the same way) whilst the return leg includes flights of steps and kissing gates. On the return leg you will cross a couple of fields that are sometimes used to graze cattle. The walk is very popular at weekends and holidays, particularly with dog walkers, so is ideal for sociable pooches (but not for nervous dogs). Allow 2 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at Bradford on Avon rail station, making it ideal for arriving by train. If you are coming by car, there is a pay-and-display car park directly alongside the station (with some bays for All Day Parking and some bays for 3 Hour Limited Parking). The car park fills up quickly at peak times, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Approximate post code BA15 1DQ.

Walk Sections

Start to Path Fork
Start to Path Fork

Start point: 51.3447 lat, -2.2547 long
End point: 51.3429 lat, -2.264 long

The walk begins in the car park alongside the rail station. Walk to the far end of the car park (away from the road entrance) to reach a signpost marking a choice of two riverside paths. Take the left-hand option (signed to Tithe Barn) and follow the tarmac slope leading you underneath the railway bridge. After passing under the bridge, stay on the riverside path with the river on your right.

You will come to a junction of paths, with the complex of converted stone farm buildings ahead (you will have chance to explore this later). Ignore the sharp right turn over a river bridge, instead bear right to follow the main wide tarmac track (with the river to your right). Continue on this tarmac track until you reach a fork.

Path Fork to Aqueduct
Path Fork to Aqueduct

Start point: 51.3429 lat, -2.264 long
End point: 51.3389 lat, -2.2823 long

Stay with the main tarmac track (the left-hand option), which climbs a slope to reach a junction with the canal towpath. Ignore the canal bridge (we will return that way later), instead turn right to join the towpath with the canal running on your left.

Construction of the Kennet and Avon Canal was completed in 1810. At first the canal proved to be a commercial success with barges carrying goods to Bath, Bristol and London, including stone from local quarries. After the introduction of the railway, commercial barge traffic declined and today the canal is used mainly for recreation.

At the end of this straight stretch of canal, you will reach the edge of the small village of Avoncliff, passing the house called The Farriers on your right. Follow the towpath and canal as it swings right to lead you onto the Avoncliff Aqueduct.

Aqueduct to Woodland
Aqueduct to Woodland

Start point: 51.3389 lat, -2.2823 long
End point: 51.3379 lat, -2.2775 long

It is worth making your way to the middle of the aqueduct to appreciate this impressive construction and enjoy the views of the river below. Look out for the weir and old mill buildings within the river. The aqueduct was completed in 1801, carrying the canal high above the river. The central arch is 18 metres wide to accommodate the river, whilst other arches give access for the towpaths and railway.

When you have finished with the views, retrace your steps back to the start of the aqueduct, then turn left down the tarmac slope (signed to Dundas). Pass two cottages on your right, then turn sharp left to follow the path leading under the aqueduct. At the far side, turn sharp left to climb back to canal level and walk ahead to pass tea rooms and the village car park on your right. With the car park on your right, follow the village lane left and then right, climbing uphill. Where the lane bends left again, do NOT follow it, instead go ahead through a gate to join a sunken tree-lined footpath.

Follow this path uphill, soon with views across the valley to your right. Pass under a wooden footbridge (which gives access to a cottage) and emerge to a junction with a lane. Turn left here to join the driveway for House 121 (signed as a public footpath). Follow the stone path leading you between walls and fences, then bearing left to join a paved and tarmac driveway. At the end of the drive you will reach a T-junction with the lane. Turn left (taking care of traffic) for just 40 metres and, where the lane bends sharp left), turn right into the woodland.

Woodland to Meadows Bridge
Woodland to Meadows Bridge

Start point: 51.3379 lat, -2.2775 long
End point: 51.342 lat, -2.2661 long

Take the left-hand of the two woodland paths, heading downhill. This is a particularly pretty woodland that has an almost magical feel, with plenty of ferns, moss, lichen and ivy plus woodland flowers in the spring. At the path fork, take the left-hand branch and at the end of the woodland you will reach a kissing gate. (NOTE: You may come across livestock in the next couple of fields).

Go through the gate to enter the field and cross this diagonally left to exit via a kissing gate in the bottom corner. Continue ahead along the left-hand edge of this second field. At the far side, turn left through a kissing gate and cross the small footbridge. Continue on the short stretch of towpath with the canal on your left. When you reach the canal bridge (Number 173, Meadows Bridge), cross this to reach the opposite towpath.

Meadows Bridge to End
Meadows Bridge to End

Start point: 51.342 lat, -2.2661 long
End point: 51.3448 lat, -2.2546 long

At the far side, turn right and you will see a choice of two paths. Ignore the left-hand option (which you used for the outward leg), instead take the canal towpath with the canal running immediately on your right. Continue alongside the canal until you draw back level with the stone farm building complex (marked by the start of a stone wall and a fingerpost on your left).

Turn left here (signed to the Town Centre) and you will have a lovely view of the Tithe Barn on your right. Head down the flight of steps and turn right into the farm complex to explore this. It is worth heading inside the large Tithe Barn, which dates from 1341 and was the grange for the Abbess of Shaftesbury. The impressive roof timbers support the stone roof tiles that weigh around 100 tons. The complex also includes a coffee shop, team room and a number of workshops selling crafts, arts and antiques.

When you are ready continue, pass the farm complex on your right, bear right to join the main tarmac track then fork left to join the path from the outward leg. Pass under the railway then fork right back into the car park where the walk began.

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A canal boat on the viaduct near the middle of the route.
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Even in winter, the woodland was full of ferns.
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On the return route...
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The grain store, closed when we were there but it did have opening times.
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Inside the tithe barn

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