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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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  • Such a great place to visit. The views are great and the people so friendly. Its great to help some of the canal boats through the lock system. The car park is almost free. Only a quid all day  more »
  • Have wanted to visit the locks for a long time and finally managed a visit. Took us two attempts to find the car park but once there we walked off to the cafe to pay the £1 for parking. What a bargain...  more »
  • When you see these wonderful locks it will amaze you how the engineering of it all was planned and carried out. There is a car park ( small charge) and boards explaining how it was built. You can if f...  more »