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Review of Caen Hill Locks

Caen Hill Locks
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Devizes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

We went to we see the locks just for a day out, totally surprised how much we all enjoyed it. The path is well kept and we saw mobility scooters using them so very disabled friendly. When down the bottom you look up and the view of the locks just amaze you and that's without boats going up or down, as we happened to go when they were out of order due to a barge hitting a lock and putting the system out of order. After seeing the locks we went into town for a canal trip which is a relaxing way to end a great day. Next visit to the acquaduct the other end.
A worth while visit for any age.

2  Thank fizzhogg
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

We parked up on the road a little way from the bridge at Rowle and walked back to view the staircase of locks, Just as we were leaving a boat was approaching and we wondered as we left just how long it would take them to traverse the locks, the answer was around two hours! Wonderful sight!

Thank Lynne R
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

my brother and i rode our motorbikes from the new forest to see these locks, apart from the beutifull countyside on the way these locks are not to be missed,you have to go to the bottom to really appreciate the size of this set of locks,and its nice not to get ripped off for parking or entry fee,s, both are free ! there are even a couple of wooden benches for your picnic if you dont want to walk to the bottom,take the first left when you leave the carpark and it takes you to a lovely old bridge where you can see locks both ways, enjoy. mick.

3  Thank Michael r
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Lots of photo opportunities here. Quite a picture from the bottom of Caen Hill looking up the locks. Lovely place to walk too.

Thank DoggyDebs
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

This is one of the wonders of the waterways so worth allowing plenty of time to take it all in. Visitors by car can park in the car park at the top of the 16-locks part of the 29 locks in the whole of the Caen Hill flight, signposted off the A361. There is a café there too, selling ice creams, cream teas, pasties and the usual snacks, usually open at 10.30 each day. The best view of the flight, as seen in the photo, is taken from the bridge at the bottom looking up. There is a small layby near the bridge but this is often full. It is possible to do a circular walk from the top car park all the way round the locks with their pounds as there is a grassy walk on the opposite side to the tow path. You can cut through back and forth as often as you like as each lock has its own bridge by the lock gate enabling you to cross in safety. If you are walking on the tow path, keep an eye and ear open for bikes who tend to wiz down far too fast, in spite of the warning signs not to do so. If you have a dog, it is best to keep it on the lead near the top few locks, especially when the swans are nesting or have young. You may feel your dog is obedient and will come to heel when commanded but the swans don't know this and your dog will be a threat to them and could come out worst if a protective parent felt threatened.
There are wildflowers, birds (including kingfishers), and some of the pounds to the side of the actual lock chambers are very shallow and are SSI sites - good for pond dipping. A place of beauty and interest for photographers, and artists often set up in the shade of the trees as the view down the hill and across the valley is splendid on a clear day.
If the locks are busy, there is always something to see and people to talk to, and some of the boaters may even welcome you to 'put your back into it' shutting the lock gates with them.
It can take about 2 hours for a boat to pass through the locks here and once committed at the café at the top or the bridge at the bottom they have to keep going and not moor up.
The whole 29 locks can take as much as 5 or more hours to pass through from Foxhangers at the bottom to Devizes town lock at the top. This is a great walk too.
You could leave your car in the Caen Hill car park and walk along the tow path into the market town of Devizes in about half an hour where you will find a Town Museum, plus a canal Museum at the Warf, the Market Square with fountain (Market Day is Thursday and well worth a visit). There are pedestrianized shopping areas with a proper baker, butcher, greengrocer, hardware shops, as well as supermarkets, coffee shops, cafes and restaurants.

4  Thank Rosey38
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