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

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.
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Charming Bradford on Avon

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Stunning Ilford Manor is on the 5 mile '2 Valleys Walk' which starts at Avoncliff Pub. The gardens are lovely

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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.

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

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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 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 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 beautiful dry stone walls of Somerset and Wiltshire in Spring

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

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