DEVIZES AND RETURN FROM HILPERTON

 

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You can do this route from :
Hilperton Marina

You are on the outskirts of the delightful town of Trowbridge, the county town of Wiltshire, it is one of the three largest towns in Wiltshire.

The town's lengthy history is recorded in the museum, which tells the fascinating story of Trowbridge's people and past. The museum has also won the Association of Industrial Archaeologists award for 'best site visited' in 2008 & it is located in the last woollen mill in Trowbridge, which closed its doors as a mill in 1982. The fascinating collections in the Trowbridge Museum are accessed via The Shires Shopping Centre - built on the site of part of the woollen mill and home to a diverse selection of more than 50 shops all on one level and undercover.

The Caen Flight is 29 locks in total, rising 237 feet in 2 miles . The locks come in three groups. The lower seven locks, Foxhangers Wharf Lock to Foxhangers Bridge Lock, are spread over 1.2 km. The next sixteen locks form a steep flight in a straight line up the hillside and are designated as a scheduled monument and take about 5-6 hours to navigate, but the Cafe at the top should restore your energy as they do lovely cream teas!

Devizes itself has the atmosphere of an old country market town. Handsome 18th century buildings now surround the square.
Devizes museum has one of the finest prehistoric collections in Europe including the Stourhead collection of relics excavated from burial mounds on Salisbury Plain.
Devizes visitor centre is home to an interactive exhibition introducing visitors to the medieval origins of the town.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Cruising Days : 4.00

Cruising Time : 21.00 hours

Total Distance : 20.00 miles

Number of Locks : 72

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

Pass Hilperton Wharf on your right and the marina on your left, then you know you are going in the right direction to Devizes!
The canal sweeps through undulating woodland and arable farmland past the rural village of Semington through a series of swing bridges which are something of a hallmark of this section of canal.
There are 2 locks at Semington and a swing bridge, it is a very pretty village & best access is just before the lock.

Moor up here for the night it is 1 hour cruising from the marina.

Day 2

36 locks today which includes the fantastic Caen Hill flight of 29 locks in just 2.25 miles.

As well as the many swing bridges around Seend there are 5 locks to navigate, luckily there are plentiful moorings at the ever-popular Seend Cleeve and close by pubs and quiet countryside to please the eye and fill the stomach. There is the Brewery Inn 200 yds south of Lock 19 and the Barge Inn by Lock 19. The Three magpies pub in Seend Cleeve has good quality food, nice beer garden and good ales- it is 200 yds south of Sells green bridge.

The hills to the south climb steeply up to the village of Seend and to the north flat pasture land stretches away.

At Lower Foxhangers the first of 7 locks is reached which takes you to the bottom of the flight of 16 Caen Locks.
It is worth mooring up near here & take some photos of these fantastic locks as they really are quite a sight.
At the top of the locks is a cafe if you are in need of refreshment after the climb up the hill through the locks.

You can turn the boat just after Devizes Town bridge 141 and moor up near here to visit the town.
It is 9.5 hours cruising to here.

Devizes itself has the atmosphere of an old country market town. Handsome 18th century buildings now surround the square.
Devizes museum has one of the finest prehistoric collections in Europe including the Stourhead collection of relics excavated from burial mounds on Salisbury Plain.
Devizes visitor centre is home to an interactive exhibition introducing visitors to the medieval origins of the town.

Wharf Theatre is canalside and hosts a variety of performances throughout the year.
There are the usual pubs, restaurants, take-aways. Shops and a cinema in the town.

The battle of Roundway was fought near here in 1643 between the Roundheads and the Royalists and the Roundheads were all killed or captures. The battlefield is largely intact & can be explored on foot.

Day 3

Cruise back down the Caen locks & moor up by Sells green bridge 149, the Three magpies pub is just up the lane by the bridge, past the campsite.
It is 6 hours cruising to here

Day 4
Day 5
Take a leisurely cruise back to the marina
Its is 4.5 hours back

 

NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.

Boats

The following boats operate on this route (subject to availability)

Blue Goose (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Blue Rock Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Corn Bunting (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Egyptian Goose (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Ivory Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Lesser Spotted Eagle (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Marsh Owl (Sleeps a maximum of 10 People).

Marsh Wren (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Mediterranean Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Mottled Weaver (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Mute Swan (Sleeps a maximum of 12 People).

Olive Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Red Necked Grebe (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Sabines Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Sea Eagle (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Sedge Wren (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Snowy Owl (Sleeps a maximum of 10 People).

Sun Lark (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Swainsons Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Tawny Lark (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Whistling Swan (Sleeps a maximum of 12 People).

White Faced Heron (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

White Fronted Goose (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Yellow Warbler (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Chapmans Rusty (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Dusky Conure (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Everetts blue (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Jobi Red (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Maps and Guides

Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

  Pub Name Pub Address Distance from Hilperton More Info
The Kings Arms Wyke Road, Trowbridge BA14 7NZ 0.10 Miles Full Details
The Brewery Inn Seend Cleeve, Seend SN12 6PX 4.41 Miles Full Details
The Barge Inn The Barge Inn Seend Cleve, Seend SN12 6QB 4.53 Miles Full Details
The Three Magpies The Three Magpies Sells Green, Seend SN12 6RN 5.75 Miles Full Details
The Bear Hotel Market Place, Devizes SN10 1HS 8.95 Miles Full Details
The Black Horse The Black Horse Bath Road, Devizes SN10 2AU 8.42 Miles Full Details
The Hourglass Horton Avenue, Devizes SN10 2RH 10.32 Miles Full Details
The Crown Inn Chandlers Lane, Bishops Cannings, Devizes SN10 2JZ 11.27 Miles Full Details
The Bridge Inn The Bridge Inn Horton Road, Devizes SN10 2JS 11.27 Miles Full Details
The Kings Arms The Street, All Cannings, Devizes SN10 3PA 13.16 Miles Full Details
The Cross Keys The Cross Keys 16 High Street, Great Bedwyn, Marlborough SN8 3NU 26.09 Miles Full Details

NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.

 

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