GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Devizes Caen Hill Locks Circular Walk

2 miles (3 km)

This circular walk visits this wonderful feat of engineering on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Devizes, Wiltshire. The 29 continuos locks have a rise of 237 feet in 2 miles (72 m in 3.2km). It's a stunning sight with the bonus of some lovely woodland and countryside to see in the area surrounding the locks. There's also lots of wildlife to look out for with Kingfishers, Moorhens, Ducks and Swans to see on the water.
You can start the walk from the Caen Hill Locks car park. Then follow the footpaths along the locks before crossing to the other side of the canal and picking up the towpath. You can continue east along the canal into Devizes and visit the Canal centre. The town is also well worth exploring with fine Elizabethan timber-framed houses in St John's Alley, two Norman Churches, the 16th-century Bear Hotel and the attractive market place among the highlights. After your walk you can enjoy refreshments at the Caen Hill canalside cafe. There's also a small canal museum where you can learn all about the history of the canal locks.
In the town you can pick up the long distance Wessex Ridgeway and follow it north along Quaker's Walk to Roundway Hill. The hill is the site of a famous Civil War battle where aRoyalistcavalry force underLord Wilmotwon a crushing victory over theParliamentarians in 1643. It's a great place to extend your walk and enjoy lovely views over the surrounding countryside.
Other walks around Devizes include the White Horse Trail and the Mid-Wilts Way which both run through the town. The White Horse Trail visits several of Wiltshire's well known hill figures with some lovely countryside to enjoy on the way.
You can virtually explore the locks by clicking on the google street view link below!


SN10 1QR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Devizes and Caen Hill Locks OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Devizes and Caen Hill Locks Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Hourglass is in a lovely location right next to the canal in Devizes. From the terrace garden there are lovely views over the water to the surrounding countryside. It's a great place to relax and watch the boats go by on warm summer days. They have an excellent menu and can be found at Horton Avenue with a postcode of SN10 2RH.


Basin near the top of the flight of Caen Hill Locks - - 1436240

Basin near the top of the flight of Caen Hill Locks. The flight is spread over three groups: the lower seven locks, Foxhangers Wharf Lock to Foxhangers Bridge Lock, cover about 3⁄4of a mile. The second group consists of sixteen locks forming a steep flight in a straight line up the hillside and are designated as a scheduled monument. This group is also known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways. The third and final group consists of six locks taking the flight into Devizes

Caen Hill locks from near the B3101 bridge - - 1711007

Caen Hill locks from near the B3101 bridge

Caen Hill Locks - - 1733444

Caen Hill Locks

Devizes - Caen Hill Locks Cafe - - 2837704

Caen Hill Locks Cafe at the eastern end of the walk.

A side pond at Caen Hill Locks - - 1842994

A side pond at the site.

The Peter Lindley-Jones Lock - - 2504246

The Peter Lindley-Jones Lock


GPS Files

GPX File

Devizes and Caen Hill Locks.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Devizes and Caen Hill Locks.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)