Day 43 - Hatton Locks
Continued ... Part 2
This is the second part of our day's cruising, down the 21 locks at Hatton Flight - apparently know as the 'stairway to heaven'. Under the hot sun, we came down as a single boat - a few boats locking up though no-one else descending.
Our day's cruise was to end in the Saltisford Arm Trust, where I had booked a berth.
Looking down the locks towards Warwick - spot the cathedral in the far distance
Chris steers the boat through the locks - in bright, hot sunshine
There was plenty of water coming down - when paddles were opened above it topped the gates - reminiscent of the Rochdale
Chris steers passed a couple of boats coming up - in all we passed 7 boats coming up (none going down!)
A photo looking at the old single lock and the new concrete wide lock - complete with access stairs
Looking back up the 'Stairway to Heaven'
1930's Health and Safety - the white line warns of the steep 3m drop down to the canal!
Grand Union Paddle Gear - note the distinctive locking catch
Another shot of the lock approach - it reminds me of the improvements on the Trent and Mersey at Wheelock
Entering the Saltisford Arm - passing nb Hadar, the Trading Coal Boat
Bernard - the Warwick Bear
We needed to wind (got caught in a very shallow winding hole) and needed to reverse and pole back to our berth at the end. Our boat sits breasted up (diamonds on the front)
A photo of the Trust Office/Shop block
Breasted up next to Oakapple - at the end of the arm