The following morning we set off down the locks. There are 29 of these between Devizes and the bottom of the flight, sixteen of which run spectacularly down the hillside in a straight line. Sharing most of them with another boat we made good time and arrived at the bottom of the "16" only three hours after leaving Devizes. There are spectacular views to be enjoyed whilst working the flight, but as I was steering I didn't see much of them: my main view being of the inside of the locks as the boat descended. It was only at the bottom that I got the chance to experience the full beauty of Caen Hill
The main part of the flight of locks at Caen Hill
Kris and Bernard, who did most of the lock work, said it was relatively easy due to the excellent condition the locks were in - a tribute to the local British Waterways' staff who are responsible for maintaining them. They are certainly in better condition than last time I was here, when I took the following photograph!
Caen Hill locks in July 1981