Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Kennet & Avon Canal - From Wilcot to Trowbridge

On Monday I decided to travel further in direction Bath and Bristol. The weather was warm and dry.
Wilcot is not far away from Avebury, but it was bank holiday, and I don´t like loads of people, so I didn´t visit this prehistoric site.
I came across Lady´s Bridge, the White Horse Landmark and met Kara from Bristol, she was travelling with the bicycle :) 
I rolled down the Caen Hill Locks in Devizes and found a nice camp site direct beside the canal for the night.

Lady´s Bridge - Unhappy with the canal crossing through her land, Lady Susannah Wroughton wanted a more landscaped feel, so John Ronnie created an ornate bridge and widened the canal to look like a lake.

Three sets of locks in just over 3,6 km creating a rise/fall of 72,24 m make up the 29 locks in the Devizes Lock Flight. The 16 locks of the Caen Hill section take the canal up over Caen Hill creating the steepest lock flight in the world. When the canal was built this was the last section to be finished and later, because of the extensive amount of work involved the last to be restored.
As I rolled down this hill the lock flight was closed, a boat had demolished one of the locks.

1 comment:

  1. that looks like Silbury hill in the background.