Starting your journey

Starting your journey

On leaving Caen Hill marina, if you turn right you’ll come immediately to the Caen Hill locks. It’s a flight of 29 locks between Rowde and Devizes. To navigate the locks will take you about 5 – 6 hours. It’s a big ask at the beginning of a holiday and for the uninitiated it’s probably best to start by turning left as you exit the marina and head towards Bath.

If you’re a seasoned narrow boater and want to start your journey with the challenge of the locks, then once you are through them all the route is lockless for about 12 miles, that’s 3 days or so cruising.

Heading left there are a series of 7 locks and 7 swing bridges in quick succession, but there are spots to moor up between them and you can take the trip at a more leisurely pace.

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