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The Kennet and Avon Canal

The Kennet and Avon at Caen Hill
The Kennet and Avon at Caen Hill


The Kennet and Avon Canal runs a couple of miles to the south of Melksham where Well House Consultants is located and the national Cycling path runs along the old track where horses used to tow boats.

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If you're on one of our courses, there's also plenty of Walking in the area and you can see placed like Devizes and Bradford on the canal

The K and A (as we know it) was fortified as the last line of defense for the Midlands and North of England during the second world war and it's guarded by numerous fortified positions known as pillboxes. To this day, you'll find pillboxes hidden in the undergrowth at quite frequent intervals

Pillbox fortification by the Kennet and Avon Canal
Pillbox fortification by the Kennet and Avon Canal


After falling into disrepair in the 1950s, the K and A was restored in the 1990s. Although it took a few years thereafter to correct water supply problems, today it's a reliable and popular holiday with lots of colorful boats to be seen

Boats photographed at Devizes Wharf
Boats photographed at Devizes Wharf


To the east, the canal continues through the Vale of Pewsey, past Honey Street to Wootton Rivers, Savernake and Crofton.

The Wilts and Berks Canal used to run from the Kennet and Avon at Semingon via Melksham, Swindon and Wantage to the Thames at Abindgon.
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