What can I say about Hatton? It was hot, hard, work! We came down the 21 wide locks alone, having waited about half an hour at the top for a boat to appear. Half way down we could see a boat following us about 3 locks back, but, when Rog got the ‘nockers’ out to look, we discovered it was two boats sharing locks, so we continued on alone. The candlestick gear was stiff and needed a lot of winding before the water started to flow. We started at 10 am and finished the last lock at 1.40, so 3 hours 40 minutes – not bad as there were only the two of us. We checked out the mooring situation in the Saltisford Arm, but all they had was one right outside the office, and we didn’t fancy that so we continued on to the Cape of Good Hope pub, where we quenched our thirsts with a few pints of cider. The moorings here are not the most salubrious, so even if the weather is crap tomorrow, we will move on down to the Tesco the other side of Warwick and then go and find somewhere a bit nicer to spend the rest of the weekend.
Grill update – have spoken to the engineer who will probably come out to us on Monday to fix the grill, so Weetabix or cooked breakfast till then!
Originally Hatton was a flight of narrow locks, the wide ones being constructed in the 1930s. The narrow locks were retained during construction so boat traffic was not interrupted. The narrow locks are still visible – wish they were still in operation!
3.7 miles and 21 wide locks