Stroll along the Kennet and Avon Canal

Despite the city’s symbolic Georgian architecture, the UNESCO World Heritage City is surrounded with open green spaces abundant with flora and fauna, after many years in Bath it still surprises me. The winding waterways of the River Avon also snake through the heart of the city, offering a playground for recreation for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors.

Take a stroll or a cycle along the idyllic towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal, pass by moored houseboats and backwaters and let time slowly pass you by, keeping watch for local wildlife. You may choose to hire a boat to explore the sailing life yourself, try paddle boarding on the Avon, a real hoot, or take a pleasure cruise towards the iconic Pulteney Bridge in the city’s beating heart if you prefer to watch on from afar.

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I would also recommend a start on the opposite end of the canal, with an escape to the nearby rural town of Bradford-on-Avon, or explore the dramatic Dundas Aqueduct near Tucking Mill on the outskirts of Bath. Whether you choose to walk the path, take to the water by boat or canoe, you may want to keep your eyes peeled for the array of wildlife that calls this tranquil waterway their home, from ducks and swans to water voles and even bats during twilight hours.

If you’re looking a a leisurely stay on the edge of the Cotswolds, then consider a staying one of Tucking Mill’s luxurious country cottages for the ultimate relaxing retreat post-lockdown. Take a look at the accommodation on offer here.