Saturday, 26 July 2014

Grand Union Canal - Hatton Flight and Saltisford Arm July 2104

Our Summer Cruise 2014
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'

Modern Art?

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

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