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A set of eight images all taken last Thursday when going through the flight of 29 locks at Devizes in Wiltshire on my holiday on the Kennet and Avon canal on a narrowboat called "Foxterrier". The weather was perfect for the time of year and the crew of 5 I went with managed to go through the locks twice, it took around 4 1/2 hours to go up the flight and about 3 1/4 hours to go down the flight. The main flight of 16 locks at Caen Hill in Devizes is part of a longer series of 29 locks on this stretch of the Kennet and Avon Canal. The total rise is 237 feet (72m) 2 miles (3.2km) or a 1 in 30 gradient. The locks come in three groups, seven at Foxhangers where we hired the boat from, sixteen at Caen Hill and six at the town end of the flight. The 16 locks at Caen Hill utilise unusually large side ponds to store the water needed to operate. At the time I travelled through them much restoration work was being undertaken by British Waterways to return them to their former state. V1 shows one of our crew members Chris M opening one of the locks at Caen Hill when descending them on the Thursday

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon PowerShot A400
Lens:5.9 - 13.2 mm (35 mm equivalent: 45.0 - 100.5 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 Mar 2011 - 12:31 AM
Focal Length:5.9mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.8
Aperture:f/3.8
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:50
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Locks at Devizes
Username:Glostopcat Glostopcat
Uploaded:22 Mar 2011 - 4:48 PM
Tags:British waterways, Caen hill locks, Devizes, Flight of 29 locks, Foxhangers, Foxterrier, Kennet & avon canal, Narrowboats, Transport, Wilts
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graceland
graceland  92376 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2011 - 4:53 PM

Have not been there for awhile now Ed Thanks for sharing them with us

You never Slipped in then ???
Grin

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graceland
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22 Mar 2011 - 4:55 PM

looks hard work Ed did you have a go ?

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2011 - 4:57 PM

Yes I opened and closed a fair number of locks and swing bridges on the trip. I didn't fall in although we did lose a lock key overboard, which Ken luckily managed to retrieve with his huge magnet he brought along in case of any mishaps.

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2011 - 5:08 PM

Great set Ed. Interesting narrative.
Alvar

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2011 - 5:12 PM

Looks like you had fun, Ed, and the weather was kind to you. A great set of images. Carol

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Badgerfred
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22 Mar 2011 - 5:58 PM

Super set Ed, V1 and V7 my favourites,
Fred.

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6519 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2011 - 6:25 PM

A great set of crystal clear images and interesting write up, the weather looked glorious. - gary

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VidB
VidB  5 United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2011 - 6:30 PM

Grand set of images, thats a great flight of locks, have been there but not with the boat as it's too far from home
Dave

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EAS
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22 Mar 2011 - 6:35 PM

Wonderfully colourful and interesting images.

Ann

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
22 Mar 2011 - 6:46 PM

Interesting set.
JNC

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graceland
graceland  92376 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2011 - 7:02 PM

Grin Well Done Edward I thought you were just going for the ride but i see you helped as well

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Maiwand
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22 Mar 2011 - 7:05 PM

Very interesting series Ed. Looks a bit like hard work at times.
Ron

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom970 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2011 - 7:17 PM

Now there's a sturdy bunch of men who are not afraid to work hard. I hope they're just as keen to mow the lawn and wash up... Good set.
Moira

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2011 - 9:12 PM

A fascinating set all around the locks, and accompanied by a most interesting narrative, Ed.

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pluckyfilly
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22 Mar 2011 - 10:13 PM

I am certain we have been to this place I remember it well, great set of images I tried for a shot of all the lock gates in one image but didnt manage it - bet you tried toWink

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Glostopcat
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22 Mar 2011 - 10:33 PM

It is virtually impossible to get all the locks in one shot unless you take the photograph from a helicopter or crane

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22 Mar 2011 - 10:44 PM

An interesting and well taken set Ed - a great way to spend a holiday ...Bill

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gingerdelight
22 Mar 2011 - 10:57 PM

A super set here Ed - all very nicely captured.
Carol

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mikbee
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22 Mar 2011 - 11:03 PM

A great set Ed,and looks you come across a bit of rust on route too !!
Looks hard work though !!
Mick.

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HobbitDave
23 Mar 2011 - 11:03 AM

Great set here, Ed, all very good; v.7 for me has a wonderful 'boatsman' atmosphere (all aboard me hearties!).
Dave.

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23 Mar 2011 - 3:27 PM

wonderful stories told here Ed great little set

Linda

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Glostopcat
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23 Mar 2011 - 4:22 PM

Many thanks for all your comments and clicks, they are much appreciated, Ed

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23 Mar 2011 - 8:23 PM

an excellent set here Ed, showing these boatmen at work, wonderful description too
Neil

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30 Mar 2011 - 3:44 AM

An excellent set of images and a wonderful record of your holiday Ed, though it looks like it required quite a bit of hard work at times, the chap at midboat in V1 looks a bit precarious, hope he didn't fall in..........liked your description too!
Rgds., Jim

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