Never been on a narrow boat before?
Always wanted a canal boat holiday but worried about the locks?
Then Honeystreet boats is the perfect place to start
Based in the middle of a lovely 15 mile stretch of the Kennet and Avon or k&a canal in Pewsey Vale Wiltshire. It is possible to have a lovely week exploring the local area taking Honey the narrowboat with you. This can be described as the ultimate unwind and relax holiday.
Plan your week to stop by a different pub each day or plan your week to stop in a different stretch of peace and quiet.
An ideal route would be, start on Friday afternoon collecting Honey from the ever cheerful folk at Honeystreet boats, cruise for a couple of hours to Horton and moor up at the Bridge Inn for delicious food and great beverages. Wake up to peace and quiet cook your own breakfast in Honey’s galley and then gently cruise still lock free to Devizes. Explore the town, visit the Saturday market, shops, Museum and the amazing Wadworths visitor centre and brewery tour. Have a relaxing evening and good nights sleep.
Sunday morning, church maybe, then a good hearty walk up and down the famous Caen Hill lock system, it is totally an amazing feat of engineering and enjoyed best whilst sipping coffee and eating freshly made cake from the cafe!
Back onto Honey turn around time and head east to All Cannings. Moor up and the Kings arm pub and local village shop is just a mile away. Relax until morning.
Monday and time to head to Honeystreet, stop, have a drink or lunch in the barge inn or the Honeystreet Cafe, a real treat. Then continue the day with the plan to moor up in the total peace and quiet beyond lady’s bridge.
Tuesday and still lock free, your canal boat holiday on the Kennet and Avon continues to Wotton Rivers here is as far as you go. This is a totally picturesque village and the Royal Oak pub serves wonderful beer and great food.
Wednesday a small Cruise back to Pewsey. Here explore this lovely village, with a monthly Wednesday auction, pubs, micro brewery, proper bakery, supermarket, swimming pool and post office for sending your postcards. An evening in the canal side ‘Waterfront’ food and beers and great ambience.
Thursday and time to cruise back towards Honeystreet. Moor up in Wilcot and the Golden Swan awaits…. Another fine Wadworths pub, you should now be an expert on their beers! Last night of fun, then it is back to Honeystreet in the morning to arrive at 9.00
30 miles cruised,7 days relaxed.
There is the most amazing and beautiful countryside all around waiting to be explored. Even crop circles in the summer. The stretch of water is just ideal for your canal boat holiday and Honey is the perfect boat to share it with.
The Kennet and Avon canal is among the loveliest waters in UK for a canal boat holiday. It rambles for 86 miles between Reading and Bristol, and passes via the historic city of Bath. It is possible to take a canal boat holiday on a narrow boat enjoying the canal and the adjoining area.
The Kennet and Avon canal was officially opened back in 1810, although it was to be reopened again in 1990 by Her Majesty The Queen after undergoing some renovation. It passes through beautiful, unspoilt and tranquil scenery full of plant and wildlife. It also passes through picturesque villages, bustling market towns and past historic monuments. Along the way there are numerous inviting canal side pubs and restaurants.
This canal includes the Georgian magnificence of the City of Bath, the pastoral delights of rolling Berkshire and Wiltshire, as well as unique engineering and architectural features of majestic bridges and aqueducts. The route begins at Brunel’s historic Floating Harbour located at Bristol, near the city’s shops, theatres and restaurants, initially taking the tidal River Avon to Bath. There is Roman remains and Georgian architecture in this spectacular World Heritage City that includes the famous Abbey, Baths and numerous historic attractions.
Travellers get to cruise through the dramatic River Avon’s valley on top of the Dundas Aqueduct and then to a little town called Bradford on Avon that has a fascinating history. They will then pass through rolling farmland and land on the famous flight of locks at Caen Hill. It takes about a day to climb or ascend these locks.
The next step for travellers involves passing through historic Devizes, which happens to be home to the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust as well as its canal shop. Through a 15 mile pound, meaning no locks. Passing through the home of Honeystreet Boats in Honeystreet. After here, they will go via Pewsey onto Crofton, which is home to the well-known working steam beam engines, please check with their website for steaming days. The striking Hungerford town contains centre of town moorings in which visitors can browse around the numerous antique shops. The Kennet and Avon canal goes on to Newbury where travellers will experience a touch of Venetian charm, and after that meet the River Thames just after passing Reading.
Well, we had a visit today, and a video was taken. We were kindly given the video and okayed to share so here it is. It is a small tour of inside ‘Honey’ so you know what to expect for your canal boat holiday