Helen and Jenks hunted far and wide to find a suitable boat that had wheelchair access, eventually finding one in Poland, which they then had purpose built to suit a situation on the canal.
The Sir John Knill is totally electric for less environmental impact and a far more pleasant experience. It has solar panels built in on the roof, so won’t run out of power!
We have chosen to name this rather special boat after Jenks’ father, Sir John Knill, Bart, 1913-1988, who did so much to save the canals from complete closure and spent his lifetime passionately supporting it and the environmental footprint. He loved the Kennet and Avon, so we have brought him back.
At both destination points there is plenty to see and do and so waiting for a space on a return boat will be no hardship. There is also a river boat running from The Bathampton Mill which is an alternative, or walking one way should take about 45 mins.
At Bathampton there are a variety of eateries such as: The George, The Cafe on the Barge, Bathampton Mill and The Old Mill Hotel. St Nicholas’ Church has a very interesting graveyard to wander through.
Bath Tourist Information can be found by the Abbey.
The Folly Bridge is a good halfway point to access the London Road shops.