Caen Hill Locks

Caen Hill Locks

The Kennet & Avon Canal has awesome examples of canal engineering. At Caen Hill, you can see the longest continuous flight of locks in the country.

Address:

Canal & River Trust car park (P&D), The Locks, Devizes, SN10 1QR

Location on map:

Canal & River Trust car park (P&D), The Locks, Devizes, SN10 1QR

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Things to Do & Places to Eat

Good for:

A great place to watch out for narrowboats and spot wildlife

  • Walking
  • Considerate cycling
  • Dogs on leads please
  • Pond dipping near the café
  • Fishing along the canal is best, no fishing on the lock flight, or side ponds.

Spot a boat:

Chances are you'll see some narrowboats, and if you're in luck one may go up the flight!

Refreshments:

  • Caen Hill Café
  • Canal side cafe
  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caen-Hill-Cafe/177324182319442
  • The Black Horse
  • Pub near the top of the lock flight
  • www.blackhorsedevizes.co.uk

Picnic spot:

There are some benches dotted along the canal

Trails:

  • Caen Hill Locks Trail
  • Be a wildlife explorer at Caen Hill Locks! Hunt for minibeasts, spot dragonflies, collect leaves and look out for birds on trail at one of the most famous flights of locks in the country
  • canalrivertrust.org.uk/explorers/resource/42

Nearby:

Diamond Jubilee Woodland, Devizes Wharf, Kennet & Avon Trust Museum, Theatre, The Wadworth Brewery

For more information about car parking at Caen Hill and prices, please visit here: http://www.cp-plus.co.uk/clients/caen-hill/ 

General Information

Visit time:

1hr - 2hrs

Opening Hours:

All day, everyday

Price:

Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Accessibility:

Some steep areas

Level from car park, with a steep slope along the lock flight

Footwear:

most footwear will do

Parking:

There is a Canal & River Trust pay & display car park at the lock. For further information on car parking and prices please visit our 'nearby' section.

Toilets:

For customers of the local pub/café

Wildlife

You may see:

  • Swans
  • Dragonflies
  • Bats
  • Mallard ducks
  • Moorhens
  • Water voles

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

Historic Features

You'll see:

  • Caen Hill Café was once the lock keeper's cottage. His job was to look after the 16 locks that climb the steep hill.
  • Each side pond holds a million gallons of water - that's about two Olympic-sized pools worth.
  • Spot the Red Wheel plaque which recognises transport sites of historical interest
  • Caen Hill locks are one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways'

Completed in 1810, the 16 locks here at Caen Hill were the last stretch of the Kennet & Avon Canal to be completed. They form part of the Devizes Lock Flight, which totals 29 locks between Devizes and Foxhangers. This completed the final link on the canal to connect London and Bristol.