A short distance from Chicklade is the pretty town Devizes. Founded in Norman times, Devizes is a compact town and is easy to appreciate on foot. Some of Devizes’s 500 listed buildings survive from the 16th century though most were erected in Georgian times. The Market Square and its adjacent streets and alleys host many of the town’s coffee shops, restaurants, pubs, independent shops and an indoor market.

Devizes was a major centre for the construction of the Kennet and Avon canal, and especially the spectacular Caen Hill flight of 29 locks; this was a major engineering feat when it was built at the end of the 18th century. An easy walk from the Wharf to the top of the flight provides excellent views of surrounding countryside. The tow path in both directions from Devizes is well used by walkers, cyclists and fishermen.


All along the canal you can have pleasant walks, visit museums, have refreshments in one of the cafes or tea shops, or take a boat trip.  More details on the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust website:



From The Old Rectory (A) to Kennet & Avon Canal (B)

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