Location Idea : Caen Hill Locks

Living in Wiltshire I have some lovely spots on my doorstep and one of my favourites to go back to regularly is the Caen Hill Locks just outside Devizes.

The flight consists of a total of 29 locks, on the Kennet & Avon canal between Rowde and Devizes and have a rise of 237 feet in 2 miles.

The locks come in three groups: the lower seven locks, Foxhangers Wharf Lock to Foxhangers Bridge Lock, are spread over 34 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.

I’ve visited the locks on many occassions and photographed them both from the top, looking down and from the bottom. The image above is one of my favourites of the place and can be viewed on my website in my Portfolio gallery, meaning it either hasn’t come on sale yet, or it has and has been sold out. Let me know what you think of it.

The image below hasn’t made it into my portfolio although I find it an interesting image of one of the locks from an unusual angle. This image goes to show though the variety of images that can be found around this area.

Getting There

By car – SATNAV postcode SN10 1QS. The Canal & River Trust pay & display car park is off of Marsh Lane and the last time I visited cost £1 for four hours.