Caen Hill virtual open day

Our skilled team are carrying out repairs to the four highest locks on Caen Hill Flight in Wiltshire.

Explore our interactive picture to find out more about the work. We’ll take you down into the drained lock to experience a view normally only enjoyed by the fish.

Our team of highly skilled, experienced craftspeople are hard at work re-lining the massive lock gates and repairing brickwork in lock chambers, which dates back to the early 1800s.

Often described as one of the wonders of the waterways, the sixteen locks of Caen Hill form a giant watery staircase allowing boats to travel up and down the steep hillside. Being amongst the busiest flights on the canal network, they require constant attention and this year we're focusing on the pinnacle of the flight, locks 37 to 40.

Caen Hill lock flight is a real feat of canal engineering. With a total of 29 locks and a rise of 237 feet over 2 miles, it takes around four hours for a boat to move up or down the flight.

The lock flight features the innovative designs of celebrated engineer John Rennie. The side reservoir ponds store the water needed to operate the locks, and more water is pumped back up to the top of the flight by a back pump at Foxhangers. It's capable of returning 32 million litres of water per day to the top of the flight.

The project videos

If you're having any difficulties watching the project videos you can see them all here:

An introduction from Mark Evans

The history of Caen Hill

Find out about the history of the Caen Hill Flight.

Construction work

Find out about our work to keep Caen Hill Flight in working order.

The wildlife of Caen Hill

Learn more about the wildlife at Caen Hill with our ecologist, Laura.

Heritage restoration

Find out about our work to maintain our rich heritage at Caen Hill on the Kennet & Avon Canal.

Jubilee woodlands

Find out about the woodland we've planted next to the Kennet & Avon Canal.

Four million bricks

Learn about how the brick used in Caen Hill were made.

Last date edited: 4 February 2021