One last call before heading back to Salisbury and hopefully missing the Stonehenge traffic was to Devizes.
The attraction here is the approx 16 locks along the Avon River. Here we stopped at a cafe and watched as the Canal Boats manoeuvred their way in and out of these locks.. all done manually with brute strength and a socket tool that opens and closes the sluices.
These long canal boats are either really beautifully maintained or left to sadly deteriorate. These locks are certainly a contrast to the locks we pass through in the Panama Canal though the mechanics on how they work is the same... We giggled as we watch a family of swans nearly getting caught in one of the locks by they quickly hi tailed it out as the doors started to close.
|What another Cream Tea!!|