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Caen Hill Locks, Devizes
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Caen Hill Locks are a flight of 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 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 1.2 km. The next sixteen locks form a steep flight in a straight line up the hillside. Because of the steepness of the terrain, the pounds between these locks are very short. As a result, 15 locks have unusually large sideways-extended pounds, to store the water needed to operate them. A final six locks take the canal into Devizes. This flight of locks was engineer John Rennie's solution to climbing the very steep hill, and was the last part of the 87 mile route of the canal to be completed. Whilst the locks were under construction a tramroad provided a link between the canal at Foxhangers to Devizes, the remains of which can be seen in the towpath arches in the road bridges over the canal. A brickyard was dug to the south of the workings to manufacture the bricks for the lock chambers and this remained in commercial use until the middle of the 20th century.
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  • Nice place to go for a walk. Tow path not too muddy & a cafe near the top.Pay & display car park or park in Wharf pay and display car park and stroll down. 
  • The Caen Hill Locks are a must when visiting Somerset, it is a truly unique set of 29 locks with a rise of 237ft all within 2 miles. There is a lovely old tea shop on site with tables inside and out s...  more »
  • You should give these a go climbing the K and A canal. A small cafĂ© half way up, and of course the town of Devizes for great beers at the top. A pretty unique experience.