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Become a junior lock keeper at Caen Hill

We're inviting young canal adventurers with a love of the waterways to come along to Caen Hill Locks in Wiltshire and try their hand at being a lock keeper on the Kennet & Avon Canal.

Narrowboat moors beneath trees at the bottom of a flight of locks.

Working with a team of experienced volunteer lock keepers who regularly donate their time to help the Trust care for the region's waterways, the junior lock keepers will operate the locks and help boaters as they travel up and down the famous 16 locks at Caen Hill.

Taking place on Tuesday 7, 21 and 28 August this free experience is open to anyone between the ages of 7-14. All children will need to be supervised by their parents during the session.

Thelma Edwards, who volunteers at the Trust, said: "Caen Hill is a beautiful spot along the Kennet & Avon Canal and with so many locks it's an ideal location for any youngsters wanting to have a go at being a lock keeper.

"Our canals are great places to visit and work along and being next to water has been proven to be good for our health and wellbeing. As well as trying lock keeping you can also enjoy a whole host of free activities along the canal such as wildlife spotting, craft activities, nature trails or simply enjoy a picnic and sit and watch the boats as they pass by."

To book your place call 03030 404040 or email [email protected]

Sessions are available at 10am, 11am and 12noon. Meet at the Admiral Floating Visitor Centre by the Caen Hill Cafe.

Last Edited: 06 August 2018

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