Fourteen Locks

Grid reference: ST284893
Coordinates: 51.5913°N 3.0425°W
John Benson, Canal & River Trust Archivist

14 locks, also known as the Cefn Flight, are part of the Crumlin arm of the Monmouthshire Canal at Rogerstone in Newport, South Wales.

- John Benson, Canal & River Trust Archivist

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Commonly recognised as one of the cleverest pieces of canal engineering in the country, it was created by engineer Thomas Dadford Jr. in 1799 as a way of dropping the canal level 169 feet in just a half-mile stretch.

Due to how it was created, Fourteen Locks is one of the steepest series of locks in the UK. The locks were used to transport coal and iron from the Welsh valleys down to Newport – as well as a few other goods such as potatoes and wood.

In the 1920s and 30s, the introduction of the railways rendered much of the canal useless, and it fell into disrepair. But thanks to the funding from a Millennium project, the Canals Trust and Newport Council were able to clean and restore the majority of the locks.

Planning a visit and stopping off? Why not check out the picturesque Belle Vue Park nearby, or even the Newport Museum and Art Gallery if there’s time?

5 things to do nearby

Belle Vue Park - Less than three miles from Fourteen Locks, this park is a wonderful place to walk around and enjoy a light lunch.

Cwmbran Boating Lake - If you're looking for somewhere you can enjoy a long walk with some beautiful scenery, then this lake is ideal.

Caerlon Roman Fortress and Baths - This site of a Roman fortress is the perfect place to visit for anyone who is interested in Roman history.

Greenmeadow Community Farm - With a wide range of animals spread across a 120 acre farm, this is a great place to visit for all the family.

Newport Cathedral - This beautiful cathedral is a wonderful place to visit. Admire the beautiful stained glass windows and impressive architecture.

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