Photos of Caen Hill Lock Flight In Wiltshire
About these photos of the Lock Flight on Caen Hill
On our weekend away to visit family in Wiltshire at the start of June 2019 Helen and I visited a few places I'd never been before, these are the photos from our time at Caen Hill Locks on the Kennet and Avon canal.
I'd like to thank Caroline and Malcolm for taking us to see such an interesting place :)
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About Caen Hill Lock Flight on the Kennet and Avon Canal
Caen Hill Locks (pronounced "Cane") are a flight of 29 locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal, between Rowde and Devizes in Wiltshire, England.
The 29 locks have a rise of 237 feet in 2 miles (72 m in 3.2 km) or a 1 in 44 gradient. The locks come in three groups: the lower seven locks, Foxhangers Wharf Lock to Foxhangers Bridge Lock, are spread over ¾ of a mile (1.2 km); the next sixteen locks form a steep flight in a straight line up the hillside and are designated as a scheduled monument. Because of the steepness of the terrain, the pounds between these locks are very short. As a result, fifteen of them have unusually large sideways-extended pounds, to store the water needed to operate them. A final six locks take the canal into Devizes. The locks take 5–6 hours to traverse in a boat.
The side pounds, the areas around them and adjoining fields to the north, are managed as nature habitat by the Canal & River Trust. Over 30,000 trees were planted in 2012/13 to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee.