Caen Hill Locks

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Planning your visit

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. View on Google map

Opening Times: The towpath is always open..

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

Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café

The Kennet & Avon Canal has awesome examples of canal engineering. 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 literally a rite of passage (Or should that be a flight of passage?). 

Caen Hill (pronounced ‘cane’ by the way), is one of the longest continuous flight of locks in the country - a total of 29 locks with a rise of 237 feet over 2 miles with a 1 in 44 gradient for anyone who's counting!

But you don’t have to be a boater to appreciate this beautiful waterway. 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. To help you explore, follow our Jubilee Woodland Discovery Trail.

A back pump at Foxhangers is capable of returning 7 million gallons of water per day to the top of the flight. That’s one lockful every 11 minutes.

Canal & River Trust

Things to do and see

Just a short walk up the towpath is:

Places to eat:

Picnic spot:

Benches dotted up and down the flight as well around some of the ponds


  • Caen Hill Locks Trail - be a wildlife explorer - hunt for minibeasts, spot dragonflies, collect leaves and look out for birds along the trail


Wildlife spotting:

The side ponds next to the locks are an excellent wildlife habitat. The resident kingfisher can often be seen, dragonflies and butterflies fly overhead, and fish leap out of the water and dart through the reeds.

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 5 to 6 hours to traverse in a boat. Check their 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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