The Kennet and Avon Canal is within easy reach of central Bath and threads its way around the east of the city, running alongside the River Avon and into the wider countryside.
You can join the Canal near its junction with the River in Widcombe, a few minutes from the bus and train station, and then at many points along it. It provides a tranquil escape from the centre and is a key accessible route.
Rich in history and wildlife, in addition to exploring the Canal itself you can visit Sydney Gardens, Walk to the View, or carry on past Bathampton Meadows, through Limpley Stoke Valley to Dundas Aqueduct.
The banks are full of wildflowers, including yellow flag iris. Look out for damselflies, dragonflies and butterflies. You may be lucky enough to spot a kingfisher or an otter, and in the warmer evenings, bats will be skimming the water.