The Kennet and Avon Canal runs to the south of the town. This popular waterway offers a host of recreational opportunities, fishing, cycling, walking, canalside pubs, boats for hire. At Devizes the new marina at Foxhangers Farm operate hire boats under the name of

The old Wilts and Berks canal, left the Kennet and Avon canal at Semington and came north through Melksham before heading to Chippenham and Swindon and joining the Thames at Abingdon.

This canal is in the process of restoration, but due to house building the Melksham section will need a new cut, taking advantage of the river Avon which flows through the town centre. When the work is finished Melksham will have superb access to waterborne activities.  

The Conigre Mead Nature reserve is on the banks of the Avon, one of the smallest reserves, but in the heart of our town.

To get around the town and area, or take advantage of the canal tow paths, cycles can be hired from National cycle route 4 and local 403 pass through Melksham.