From Claverton Wharf, you can head East towards Reading which is takes a 2 weeks return journey or Pewsey for a 1 week break. If you are renting the boat for a long weekend or a short mid-week break, then you will be able to adventure Eastbound along some of the most exquisite canal in the county, passing aqueducts, swing bridges, locks and leaving the magnificent World Heritage City of Bath behind you.
Dundus Aqueduct spans the River Avon and was the start of the old Somerset Coat Canal. There is a small piece of the canal remaining, where you will find the Angelfish Café (pictured) and a bike rental company. The stretch of canal between this aqueduct and the next at Avoncliff is truly beautiful, where the sun dappled canal passes through ancient woodland and overlooks the picturesque Freshford valley and the river Avon.
Avoncliff Aqueduct (pictured) spans the river once more and is next to the Cross Guns, a pub with a sloping, terraced garden that overlooks a beautiful weir. From here, you can travel another 30 minutes before arriving in Bradford on Avon, the southernmost village of the Cotswolds. This is where you will reach you first lock of the eastbound journey; from here you can continue cruising eastward passing through Hilperton and on to Semmington and Seend. The Barge Inn in Seend is a pleasant family pub, with good food. Although be aware that you will need to go up 2 locks to get to the pub and a further 3 to get to the winding hole, here you will need to turn around and go back down the 5 locks to head back westwards and return to Claverton. But hey, that’s the point – ‘It’s not about the destination, it’s all about the journey’.
If you prefer to head West, traveling through the 6 locks leading into Bath city centre. Perhaps visit the natural hot springs of the Roman Baths (Ancient) and Thermae Spa (Modern), stunning architecture and great shopping. Look out for the Bath Vintage & Antques market on the first and last Sunday of each month and if the river isn’t too fast-flowing, then you can make the wonderful Bristol Harbour in 10-12 hrs, where you can moor up near to Brunel’s magnificent S.S Great Britain and enjoy the culture and sights of the city, this is only advisable if you rent the boat for the mid-week 4 day break.