Caen Hill Locks and Seend Lock Flight - along The Kennet and Avon Canal.

The magnificent series of locks which make up Caen Lock Flight on the Kennet and Avon Canal - situated between Rowde and Devizes.

Each of the Caen Hill Flight locks have associated pounds and the area has been laid out with paths and seating areas so that visitors can wander around and watch the narrowboats heading up and down. Lock keepers organise boats on their 2.5 or so hour trip through the Caen Hill Flight and there are restrictions on access times - currently these are from April to October 0800-1700 (boats must be clear of the hill flight by 2000) and November to March 0800-1300 (boats have to clear the Hill flight by 1530). In addition the lock keepers do like to move more than one boat at time and will ask owners to wait a short while if neccessary for the sake of water conservation.
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Prison Bridge 142, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Prison Bridge 142
AP Herbert Lock 46, Kennet and Avon Canal.
AP Herbert Lock 46
Caen Hill Locks Flight - Lock 45, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Caen Hill Flight Lock 45
Caen Hill Flight - Lock 44's lockgates, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Caen Hill Flight
Lock 44 gates
The impressive Caen Hill Lock Flight on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Caen Hill Flight
Caen Flight lock footbridge, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Caen Flight lock footbridge
Kennet and Avon Canal - lockgates at Caen Hill Lock Flight.
Caen Flight lockgates
Peter Lindley Jones Lock, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Peter Lindley
Jones Lock
Kennet and Avon Canal - Caen Hill Lock Flight pound
Caen Hill Flight pound
Caen Hill Flight Lock 29, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Caen Hill Flight
Lock 29
A view looking up Caen Hill Flight, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Caen Hill Flight
Caen Locks - Lock 28, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Caen Locks 28
Marsh Lane Bridge 144, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Marsh Lane Bridge 144
Caen Lock 27, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Caen Locks 27
Caen Lock 26, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Caen Locks 26
Caen Locks and Lock 25, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Caen Locks 25
Kennet and Avon Canal - Caen Lock 24
Caen Locks 24
Kennet and Avon Canal - Caen Lock 23
Caen Locks 23
Kennet and Avon Canal - Foxhangers Footbridge 145
Foxhanger's Footbridge 145
Caen Lock 22, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Caen Locks 22
Lower Foxhangers Bridge 146, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Lower Foxhangers
Bridge 146
Kennet and Avon Canal - Dismantled railwaybridge 147
Dismantled railwaybridge 147
Kennet and Avon Canal - MartinSlade Bridge 148
MartinSlade
Bridge 148
Sells Green Bridge 149, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Sells Green Bridge 149
Rusty Lane Swingbridge 151, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Rusty Lane
Swingbridge 151
Kennet and Avon Canal - Seend Top Lock 21
Seend Top Lock 21
Seend Lock 20, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Seend Locks 20
Seend Lock 19, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Seend Locks 19
Seend Wharf Bridge 153, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Seend Wharf Bridge
Kennet and Avon Canal - Seend Lock 18
Seend Lock 18
Seend Lock Bridge 154, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Bridge 154
Kennet and Avon Canal - Seend Bottom Lock 17
Seend Bottom Lock
Kennet and Avon Canal - Lowes Swing Bridge 157Seend Farm Swingbridge 156, Kennet and Avon Canal.

Swing Bridges on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

This section of the Kennet and Avon Canal has several swing bridges along it's route mostly providing access for farmers into their fields when the canal's route cut through their land. Swing bridges were mainly used as they were much cheaper to construct and maintain than brick built arched bridges. Also where the surrounding area was quite flat this type of bridge saved a lot of earthwork having to be constructed to gain enough height over the canal. The Kennet and Avon Canal's swing bridges were amongst the first to be designed to run on ball bearings. There are several locks and bridges around Seend - the area looks very countrified and peaceful now but at one time this was a hive of activity as it was involved in the lucrative wool trade as well as some quarrying - Seend once had 3 blast furnaces until they were closed in the 1880s. Additionally Seend was on the Turnpike which was built to connect Devizes and Trowbridge and therefore part of one of the main roads between London and Bath.

The Wilts and Berks Canal and Buckley's Lock 15.

Buckleys Lock is quite significant because this is where the currently extinct Wilts and Berks Canal main line leaves the Kennet and Avon Canal - the Wilts and Berks used to go some 52 miles across the countryside via Swindon to give a connection with the River Thames at Abingdon in Oxfordshire. Take a look at the Wilts and Berks Trust site for lots of information - they have plans for a complete restoration of the canal and any support is most welcome.
Newton Swing Bridge 158, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Newton swingbridge
Kennet and Avon Canal and Semington Top Lock 16
Semington Top Lock 16
Kennet and Avon Canal - Buckleys Lock 15
Buckleys Lock 15
Semington Bridge 160, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Semington Bridge 160
Kennet and Avon Canal - Semington Swing Bridge 161
Semington Swing
Bridge 161
Kennet and Avon Canal - Whaddon Grove Bridge 162
Whaddon Grove
Bridge 162
Hilperton Marsh Bridge 165, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Hilperton Marsh
Bridge 165
Hilperton Roadbridge 166, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Hilperton Roadbridge 166
Kennet and Avon Canal - Hilperton Wharf Marina
Hilperton Wharf Marina
Kennet and Avon Canal - Balls Bridge 168
Balls Bridge 168
Biss Aqueduct 7, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Biss Aqueduct 7
Pipe at Bis Aqueduct, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Pipe at Bis Aqueduct
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