Ancient Monument, Modern Technology…
The Kennet & Avon Canal (K&A) has some exceptional examples of canal engineering. Caen Hill is one of the longest continuous flight of locks in the country – a total of 29 locks with a rise of 237 feet over 2 miles with a 1 in 44 gradient. The 16 locks that form the steepest part of the flight are a scheduled ancient monument.
Much of Canal & River Trust’s work in Green WIN has been to assess and put in place ‘greener pumping’ at Seend and Caen Hill pumping stations, on the K&A.
These sites are directly linked to the Trust’s wider ‘K&A Resilience’ project which looks to deliver efficiency improvements to the canal’s entire pumping regime.
Charles Baker is the project manager for this ambitious programme of works and as part of that paid a visit to Claverton pumping station to help create a series of videos that explains what’s going on.