- The canals of England, once the arteries that carried the life-blood of commerce, have in the past few decades become one of the greatest pleasure boating venues and conservation areas. The Kennet and Avon Canal, by virtue of the beautiful countryside it traverses, is one of the loveliest of English canals. Completed in 1810 it was built to connect Reading with Bath and then Bristol via the River Avon. Aside from its beauty, the canal boasts a spectacular flight of 29 locks which haul the water level up an astonishing 70 metres in the space of two miles, and are now equipped with a water-saving system of backpumps to recycle the water so the locks can now be open to boats every day.
- © wcities.com 2013