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Short Adventures from London - No 1 - Cycle and Walk the Avon Valley

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Recipe for perfect 2 day trip. Day 1 9am train from Paddington to Bradford on Avon -3 hrs . Rent bicycle from Towpath Trails nr stn. Cycle 12 miles (90 mins) on towpath east to locks at Devizes. with lunch stop at Barge Inn. Return bikes & walk 1.5 miles along river west to Cross Guns Inn Avoncliff. Day 2. After breakfast follow the 5 mile '2 Valleys Walk' from the hotel via Freshford Inn & Ilford Manor. Return to hotel, then catch the 350 pm train to Paddington from Avoncliff station.
Stunning Ilford Manor is on the 5 mile '2 Valleys Walk' which starts at Avoncliff Pub. The gardens are lovely

Stunning Ilford Manor is on the 5 mile Valleys Walk' which starts at Avoncliff Pub.

You can pick up bicycles to hire from Towpath Trails near the station at Bradford On Avon. It is 12 miles up to Devizes (90 minutes cycle) along the car free tow path.

You can pick up bicycles to hire from Towpath Trails near the station at Bradford On Avon. It is 12 miles up to Devizes minutes cycle) along the car free tow path.

The famous lochs of Caen Hill (Devizes) . There are 29 locks which rise 237 feet over 2 miles. Quite a sight - particularly when canal boats are going through the system.

The famous lochs of Caen Hill (Devizes) . There are 29 locks which rise 237 feet over 2 miles. Quite a sight - particularly when canal boats are going through the system.

The scenery on this area of the Avon is some of the most beautiful in Wiltshire

The scenery on this area of the Avon is some of the most beautiful in Wiltshire

This is a stretch of the towpath which extends east and west of Bradford on Avon for more than 10 miles in each direction

This is a stretch of the towpath which extends east and west of Bradford on Avon for more than 10 miles in each direction

The view from the bridge between the Cross Gunns Pub and the Avoncliff station (3 minutes walk apart).

The view from the bridge between the Cross Gunns Pub and the Avoncliff station minutes walk apart).

The beers of Somerset and Wiltshire on tap at the Cross Gunns

The beers of Somerset and Wiltshire on tap at the Cross Gunns

Bluebells in April and Wild Garlic in May on the '2 Valleys Walk'

Bluebells in April and Wild Garlic in May on the Valleys Walk'

There are many boats along the canal and gorgeous bridges and locks

There are many boats along the canal and gorgeous bridges and locks

The beautiful dry stone walls of Somerset and Wiltshire in Spring

The beautiful dry stone walls of Somerset and Wiltshire in Spring

The Barge Inn at Seend is right on the Canal half way between Bradford on Avon and the Devizes lochs and serves great pub lunches.  Tip: book a table if you are going at the weekend.

The Barge Inn at Seend is right on the Canal half way between Bradford on Avon and the Devizes lochs and serves great pub lunches.

The Avoncliff Pub is a 17th century Alehouse located with the Avon River on its frontage and the canal at its rear. It has cute accommodation, a great beer garden, reasonable food and the only sound you hear at night is the water washing over the weir. And it is just 3 minutes walk from the station.

The Avoncliff Pub is a 17th century Alehouse located with the Avon River on its frontage and the canal at its rear. It has cute accommodation, a great beer garden, reasonable food and the only sound you hear at night is the water washing over the weir. And it is just 3 minutes walk from the station.