The Kennet and Avon Canal is a 57 mile stretch of man made waterway that links the River Avon to the River Kennet in the south of England. After a lengthy construction period the Canal opened in 1810 but wasn’t used for long before the Great Western Railway was opened in 1838.
The area of the canal in the photograph above is Caen Hill Locks. In this section of the canal there are 16 locks that enable boats rise 237 feet over Caen Hill. It would take 5-6 hours for a canal boat to navigate this part of the canal.