Teetering on the edge: canal-side Bath to Devizes

On a solo bike, I am seldom of a nervous disposition, unless I have to negotiate something ‘technical’: like a narrow ledge with a steep drop, like a winding narrow track that slopes down the hillside, like a narrow towpath along the edge of a canal or river.IMG_20180728_111759859

On a tandem, that nervousness is doubled, because the captain is steering and balancing for two. Canal tow paths are glorious for their views, peace and tranquillity,  but as soon as the track narrows to within inches of the water, the jitters set in.

Today, however, we felt brave enough to stickIMG_20180728_111958605 with the Kennet & Avon canal, and we were rewarded with encounters of mixed and varied life, both on shore and on the water. Stag parties and birthdays were being celebrated on rental narrow boats, travelling communities had formed their ‘scrapyard’ enclosures, craft markets traded their goods, and groups of party-goers began their festivities cycling between drinking venues, mostly kitted out in fancy-dress. There was not a dull moment…..


About Frank Burns

My journeys around the world are less about riding a bicycle, and more about what happens when I get off the bicycle. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on August 3, 2018, in Bristol-Newbury by tandem and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Very mixed surfaces on the Kennet & Avon, some good some not so. Take care and have fun!


  2. We love a good canal path on our tandem! Especially with the French sun on our backs! The loch gates offer a perfect picnic spot! And usually there are none of these Z gates that are installed on many Scottish canals which makes access hard work for tandem crews!


  3. Hi Frank and Jenny….enjoy the K and A canal. We are in the Brecon Beacons not far from The Mon and Brec canal which also looks beautiful and tranquil. Hoping to have a cycle along it at some future date…as well as The K and A.
    Love to you both xxxx


  4. Enjoy the Brecons, Alison…..great place to be in this weather.


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