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Kennet & Avon Canal


Wiltshire Map

OS Ref: ST 983 615

Last Visited: 2013

I've always had a soft spot for the Kennet & Avon ever since the late seventies when we were living in Devizes, not far from the top of the Caen Hill Flight.

Caen Hill Flight

Caen Hill Flight

At that time the flight was so overgrown that in places only the heavy wooden balance beams sticking out of undergrowth could be seen.

The pioneering canal restoration project had been in existence for a few years before that, but it wasn't until the undergrowth was cleared in a Job Creation Scheme (remember them?) in the early eighties that the huge side pounds were revealed.

The canal was finally opened in 1990, shortly before we moved to Dorset, so it still comes as a surprise to me to see it a going concern. I'm still not convinced by the light metal balance beams though, but I suppose it was inevitable.