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Hatton Locks 1/5

About 3 miles west of Warwick on the A4177, close to Junction 15 of the M40, Hatton Locks are a flight of 21 locks on the Grand Union Canal in Hatton, Warwickshire. The flight spans less than 2 miles (3.2 km) of canal, and has a total rise of 45 metres (148 feet), and are known as "The Boater's Stairway To Heaven".  This is one's first view after leaving the car park with the tower of a church in Warwick in the far distance and the ladder of locks disappearing down the hill.

Hatton Locks 1/5

About 3 miles west of Warwick on the A4177, close to Junction 15 of the M40, Hatton Locks are a flight of 21 locks on the Grand Union Canal in Hatton, Warwickshire. The flight spans less than 2 miles (3.2 km) of canal, and has a total rise of 45 metres (148 feet), and are known as "The Boater's Stairway To Heaven".  This is one's first view after leaving the car park with the tower of a church in Warwick in the far distance and the ladder of locks disappearing down the hill.

comments (17)

That's a pretty cool shot - and even more interesting for your writing!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Aug 2012, 07:54
Now THOSE are locks, Brian, if ever I saw them! WOW. What a delightful POV. The Boater's Stairway to Heaven is a perfect name for this place, with the Warwick church in the background!
Brian Walbey: Tomorrow you will see most of the rest of them continuing up the hill behind me.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Aug 2012, 08:31
Terrific engineering Brian
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Chris, they used to work wonders all those years ago didn't they.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Aug 2012, 09:00
Splendid! I've never seen anything like it, Brian.
Brian Walbey: I only heard about it by accident but it was worth the visit, especially as they have a fine tea room at the top smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Aug 2012, 09:37
A test of patience and arm muscles I should imagine.
Brian Walbey: It would certainly put me off wanting to go up or down Mike, I thin I'd just turn round and head back smile
Good POV Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal, a similar shot tomorrow looking in the other direction.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 13 Aug 2012, 11:46
Nicely done with the church tower central in the distance Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chad.
A great POV, with the church tower too!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Martin.
Imagine having to open and close al those gates! Well composed picture Brian
Brian Walbey: I think I'd just turn round and go back Bill !
That's a lot of work, just to get up or down a few feet!
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Tom, I don't think I'd bother at my age.
Wonderful and fascinating perspective shot Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
what an interesting work, Brian
Brian Walbey: Those engineers way back were very clever men.
A fine series of locks
Brian Walbey: They are indeed John, and hard work to go up or down I should think.
There's a coincidence. I've just started reading Tom Rolt's "Navigable Waterways" I'm sure this'll come up somewhwre. Great picture, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Graeme. I hope this set come up although I hadn't heard about them until recently.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Aug 2012, 12:39
This is a cracking view with the church in the distance. I would think that it took the best part of a day to get up or down these by boat.
Brian Walbey: Yes a good view from what is about half way up Alan. It must take ages to negotiate if there are other boats about as well.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 14 Aug 2012, 17:25
Just catching up, Brian. This looks to be interesting!
Brian Walbey: Yes a very interesting and nice place to visit.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Aug 2012, 20:03
lots of locks!
Brian Walbey: Indeed Paul, they would wear ones arms out working the winding equipment for the gates.

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