Tripadvisor award for Caen Hill Locks
INLAND WATERWAYS: Caen Hill Locks on the Kennet & Avon Canal has been awarded a top Tripadvisor award, writes Harry Arnold.
Following consistently high ratings by visitors to the online review site the 16 lock flight has earned an impressive four and a half stars out of five and received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence.
Visitors to Caen Hill – whose lock keeper recently won the APCO Lock Keeper of the Year - have described the site as ‘free and awesome and brilliant’, as well as an ‘amazing engineering wonder’.
This certificate is awarded to attractions, accommodation and restaurants that consistently receive outstanding traveller reviews and is a rating shared by such world-wide icons as the Parthenon and Eiffel Tower.
Caen Hill Locks were engineer John Rennie's solution to ascending the steep hill at Devizes and – after falling into disrepair - were restored by volunteers to full working order and reopened in 1990.
Canal & River Trust waterway manager Mark Evans said: “It’s great to get this recognition for Caen Hill, we have a fantastic team of staff and volunteers who keep the locks running and do so much to make visitors welcome”.
“We’re not sure what John Rennie would have made of Tripadvisor, but we bet he’d be pretty pleased that his locks are still a huge part of Devizes life.”
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