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Caen Hill Locks

The 16 locks that form the steepest part of the flight at Caen Hill are not only a scheduled ancient monument, they are an Olympic-sized challenge every boater must do. This 'wonder of the waterway' is a rite of passage.

Caen Hill (pronounced ‘cane'), is one of the longest continuous flight of locks in the country. A total of 29 locks with a rise of 237 feet over two miles with a 1-in-44 gradient.

Visit our welcome boat, The Admiral, for activity sheets, local walks and information and stories about the locks before taking a stroll over to our newly planted, Diamond Jubilee Wood.

Things to see and do

  • Address

    Canal & River Trust car park (P&D), The Locks, Rowde, Devizes, SN10 1RF. The Admiral Welcome Boat is by Lock 44 and the café.

  • Opening times

    The towpath is always open.

  • Price

    Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing. Parking costs £3 for the day.

  • Toilets

    For customers of the local pub/café

Getting here

  • By car

    SATNAV postcode SN10 1RF. Our Canal & River Trust pay & display car park is off Marsh Lane and costs £3 for all day. Travel down the hill and turn right following signs to Rowde.

  • By boat

    The locks typically take five to six hours to traverse in a boat. Check opening times.

    If you're thinking of travelling up (or down) the flight you'll need to talk to our volunteer lock keepers as they have the experience to make sure the water is conserved during your passage.

    There are visitor and lock waiting moorings at the top lock and some visitor moorings, as well as boating services near the bottom of the main 16 flight locks.

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