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 ¾ of a mile . 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, 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.Because a large volume of water is needed for the locks to operate, a back pump was installed at Foxhangers in 1996 capable of returning 7 million gallons of water per day to the top of the flight, which is equivalent to one lockful every eleven minutes.In the early 19th century, 1829–43, the flight was lit by gas lights.Plan to visit Caen Hill Locks and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Devizes attractions using our Devizes trip builder website .
Create an itinerary including Caen Hill Locks
Unable to display map at this time. Please try again later.
Places to stay near Caen Hill Locks
Caen Hill Locks Reviews
We visited the Caen Hill Locks during Winter and waited for a Barge to go through but none did after 2 hours, but the wildlife was a plenty. This cost noting to walk around, and is an engineering wond... more »
a lovely interesting walk, especially enjoyed stopping to chat to the fellas on their barges as they tackled the 29 locks. more »
This is my first wonder of the world. It is a most wonderful sight - swans nesting, walking with their cygnets, saw my first kingfisher and a cafe at top. Helpful volunteers to help you get up the fli... more »
Plan your trip to Devizes
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Side trips from Devizes
Plans to Caen Hill Locks by other users
31 days in Reading BY A USER FROM DENMARK August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Wiltshire BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 59 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Devizes BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Lymington BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 5 days in Bognor Regis BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Swindon BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Westbury BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Bradford-on-Avon BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Wiltshire BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Devizes BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Trowbridge BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
Are you the owner of this business?Click here for promotion tips.