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Seend Lock Open Day - (10 March 2018)

Come along to Seend Lock Open Day.

Event details

10 March 2018

10:00am - 4:00pm

Seend Lock

Kennet & Avon Canal


Lock 18 Seend Lock

Kennet & Avon Canal

Come and learn about the history at the heart of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Perfect day out for Mum ahead of celebrating Mothering Sunday the next day! See archive footage of the lock and canal and how it has changed over time and try your hand at the traditional skill of lime mortaring.

The Lock is very close to The Barge Inn, Seend Cleeve, Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 6QB.  There will be parking available in the field next to the lock.

What you need to know

  • Please wear sensible footwear i.e. wellies, trainers or flat shoes
  • Dogs are welcome but will not be allowed in the locks
  • There will be a space to leave bikes and buggies
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult to go in the locks
  • Unfortunately, the lock is not suitable for wheelchairs

The works

One of the Kennet & Avon Canal’s construction teams will be undertaking major works at Seend Lock 18 for six weeks. The work will involve replacing both sets of gates and balance beams, which have reached the end of their working life. To enable these works the lock will be drained and cleared of silt. 

While the gate replacement is underway, other repairs to brickwork and lock gears will be carried out. Each of the larger gates weigh almost three tonnes and therefore a 60 tonne crane will be on site along with other major equipment used for pumping out a quarter of a million litres.

Lock 18 Seend Lock