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photoblog image Hatton Locks 5/5 - It's Boat Friday, Nearly There!

Hatton Locks 5/5 - It's Boat Friday, Nearly There!

I have given this shot a sub-title because this is the 20th., and penultimate lock on the way up the hill.  This was the only narrow boat to come either way through the locks in the time we were there but I guess in mid-summer it will be very busy at holiday times.  There is, by the way, an excellent tearoom immediately behind me as I took this picture,  This relic of the industrial revolution is well worth a visit if you should pass that way.

Hatton Locks 5/5 - It's Boat Friday, Nearly There!

I have given this shot a sub-title because this is the 20th., and penultimate lock on the way up the hill.  This was the only narrow boat to come either way through the locks in the time we were there but I guess in mid-summer it will be very busy at holiday times.  There is, by the way, an excellent tearoom immediately behind me as I took this picture,  This relic of the industrial revolution is well worth a visit if you should pass that way.

comments (21)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Aug 2012, 00:57
Great shot, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray.
very opportune. gives a good feel of the dimensions of the boat and the lock
Brian Walbey: Yes the boats are narrow, hence their name, and long, and mostly the locks are just a bit wider than the boats.
I am tempted to live on one of these. Lovely shot Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet. Near us is a marina where people live full time on these sort of boats, I suspect it is great in summer but not so good in deepest winter.
Whew! They made it just in time for some tea!
Brian Walbey: Well just about, there's still the lock I showed yesterday to go.
This is a great shot of the narrow canal boat Brian... i have only seen pictures of these beauties... if i'm ever back in England... they will be the first things that i will look for....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter, well worth looking for if you are ever back here, but they are more prevalent in the Midlands, North and West.
Works well Brian .. and the tea does as well
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, I think I'd just finished my tea when I took this.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Aug 2012, 07:00
Quite a squeeze! I wonder how long it takes to ascend them all?
Brian Walbey: I guess the length of the climb or descent depends as to whether there are other boats about and if all the locks are in ones favour when you get to them.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 17 Aug 2012, 07:40
I'm glad you were there for the little bit of activity there was that day, Brain
Brian Walbey: I was quite surprised at the lack of boats as it was the Friday of the traditional Spring Bank Holiday weekend.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Aug 2012, 08:41
We had the delight of seeing a narrowboat go through one lock while we were in Bath in May, Brian. It was a pure delight to see. You should have seen Astrid! smile I really like your POV in this image. WOW.
Brian Walbey: I'm glad you saw one on your visit in action, there are so different to the ones Astrid would have seen through her life, no winder she was excited. Perhaps next time Chris cold take you to a lock that normally sees a lot of action.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Aug 2012, 09:05
Excellent series Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Mike.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Aug 2012, 10:08
Nothing like a cup of coffee and a cream tea while watching the activity going on Brian.
Brian Walbey: Couldn't agree more Pedroeric.
I like those narrow boats, so strange
Brian Walbey: I believe such boats are a lot wider in the Netherlands and through Europe, we have to be different in the U.K.!!
I visited an old lock system a couple of years ago. Interesting. You had a great spot for a good look.
Brian Walbey: We have them all over my part of the country Mary, they were mainly built in industrial areas in the 17 and 1800's.
very well Brian, I feel I'm there!
Brian Walbey: I'm so pleased about that Juan, perhaps one day you might make a visit and see something like this yourself.
I take it you sampled the tea room Brian
Brian Walbey: We did indeed Bill, we had a table in the open below a clear blue sky, with the canal on one side and the Stratford to Warwick railway line just over the fields on the other side, what more could a man want. Don't answer that!!
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 17 Aug 2012, 11:38
It is a surprise to see so few boats Brian, I mean it is still the summer holidays.
Brian Walbey: It was the Friday of the weekend at the end of May that is traditionally the Spring Bank Holiday, except for this year, so perhaps a lot of boaters were at work.
Lovely shot Brian, 'showing the action' smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Martin.
Often wondered what a narrow boat holiday would be like, would certainly be fit after all those locks and no sign of any public houses for refreshmentsmile
Brian Walbey: There was a pub back down the hill and a short walk from there. I guess a holiday in one of these depends where you are, we have canals round my way without hardly any locks at all.
Wonderful Brian. I love these narrow boats!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, some of them are just like a home from home inside.
A fine looking boat!
Brian Walbey: Yes it was Tom, and the only one I saw actually moving.
Fine POV, Brian, you've presented tis well.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Graeme, the only moving boat while we were there.

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