Caen Hill

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Devizes, England

Caen Hill Devizes Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
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Lovely Hill May 10, 2008
Caen Hill means Lovely Hill in Celtic, and it is a really nice place.

Built during the start of the industrial revolution as a way to get canals up the hill to Devies, the restored canal climbs an impressive set of 16 locks in a few kilometres, and the view from the top is right over the avon valley. There canal has been restored with wildlife in mind, and there are loads of birsds, fish and insects and lovely wildflowers, especially as the meadows on the canal side seem to be farmed with flowers and wildlife in mind. The canal is free for walkers and cyclists. There are a lot of anglers too; I don't know where you get fishing permits from, but Devizes tourist information maywellbe able ot help with that. There are canal boat hire places further down the Kennet and Avon canal, and if you are in a boat then you are allowed up the flight at certain times of day. The sign seems to indicate that it would take you three hours to mount the hill, and it would be hard work, but probably worth it.

The canal car park costs £1 for four hours, which in the UK is very cheap. I have no objection to helping support the hill, anyway. I believe the tow path would be wheelchair accessable, and although it isn't level, obviously, the path is pretty smooth. I saw some pretty tired looking mums and dads with buggies. Cycles are welcome too. Dogs are allowed, although only on a lead, and for goodness sake keep them away from the swan. A mother swan can have a dog in a fight any day!
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