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Locks at Devizes

By Glostopcat  
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

Tags: Transport Narrowboats Devizes Caen hill locks British waterways Wilts Kennet and avon canal Flight of 29 locks Foxhangers Foxterrier

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graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2011 4:53PM
Have not been there for awhile now Ed Thanks for sharing them with us

You never Slipped in then ???

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graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2011 4:55PM
looks hard work Ed did you have a go ?
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
22 Mar 2011 4:57PM
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.
Alvar 11 23 2 France
22 Mar 2011 5:08PM
Great set Ed. Interesting narrative.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
22 Mar 2011 5:12PM
Looks like you had fun, Ed, and the weather was kind to you. A great set of images. Carol
22 Mar 2011 5:58PM
Super set Ed, V1 and V7 my favourites,
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
22 Mar 2011 6:25PM
A great set of crystal clear images and interesting write up, the weather looked glorious. - gary
VidB 9 11 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2011 6:30PM
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
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
22 Mar 2011 6:35PM
Wonderfully colourful and interesting images.

Interesting set.
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2011 7:02PM
Grin Well Done Edward I thought you were just going for the ride but i see you helped as well
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
22 Mar 2011 7:05PM
Very interesting series Ed. Looks a bit like hard work at times.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2011 7:17PM
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.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
22 Mar 2011 9:12PM
A fascinating set all around the locks, and accompanied by a most interesting narrative, Ed.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2011 10:13PM
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
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
22 Mar 2011 10:33PM
It is virtually impossible to get all the locks in one shot unless you take the photograph from a helicopter or crane
goso 11 2 1 Australia
22 Mar 2011 10:44PM
An interesting and well taken set Ed - a great way to spend a holiday ...Bill
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2011 10:57PM
A super set here Ed - all very nicely captured.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
22 Mar 2011 11:03PM
A great set Ed,and looks you come across a bit of rust on route too !!
Looks hard work though !!
23 Mar 2011 11:03AM
Great set here, Ed, all very good; v.7 for me has a wonderful 'boatsman' atmosphere (all aboard me hearties!).
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2011 3:27PM
wonderful stories told here Ed great little set

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
23 Mar 2011 4:22PM
Many thanks for all your comments and clicks, they are much appreciated, Ed
cantona43 Plus
12 925 4 England
23 Mar 2011 8:23PM
an excellent set here Ed, showing these boatmen at work, wonderful description too
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
30 Mar 2011 3:44AM
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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