Time to take a trip down the Kennet and Avon Canal with Jim Shead and Jane Austen
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a lady novelist in possession of a good reputation, must avoid commercial waterways.
However little known the feelings or views of Jane Austen may be, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of her readers, that they may assume the illustrious author would no more be seen by a canal than she would be seen smoking a pipe. But Jane Austen’s association with the Kennet and Avon Canal is much stronger than the casual reader could imagine. Take a trip with me down the canal and I hope to convince you of this long before we reach Bath.