Last Sunday we had headed over to Coventry to explore the Midlands Air Museum and the Electric Railway Museum. They are next door to each other, right by Coventry Airport, and the railway museum is only open on certain weekends throughout the year. I’ll be writing about both museums in a future post, but with the sun still shining we decided to make a detour on the way home and spent an afternoon at Hatton Locks.
Hatton Locks is located near to Warwick and is well signposted from the main roads. There’s a pay and display car park with a £1.50 charge for 24 hours parking. We’d been before when Monkey was a baby and as he’d recently been on a school trip to Stoke Bruerne Museum he was overflowing with all sorts of information about life on the canals.
The 21 locks that form the Hatton Locks on the Grand Union Canal are known as the Stairway to Heaven and we could certainly see why, as we walked along the towpath.
We didn’t have to wait long until we saw a few boats navigating their way through the series of locks and it was lovely listening to Monkey explain the process to us. His teacher would be proud.
I got the chance to play around with shutter speeds on my camera whilst Monkey watched the sluices open and the water rise. You might spot my favourite in tomorrow’s My Sunday Photo post.
We watched the boats moving through the locks and Monkey even helped his Dad to close one of them.
An afternoon at Hatton Locks is a lovely way to enjoy a walk in the countryside, it is popular, but we still had space to walk freely.
If you’re looking for refreshments during an afternoon at Hatton Locks, there’s the Hatton Arms pub within walking distance of the car park, but we opted for a cream tea from the Hatton Locks Cafe, which was lovely. They also have toilets there.
Much to Monkey’s delight the canal runs fairly close to the main line railway and he was soon adding a bit of train spotting across the hedgerows to the afternoon activities.
Of course with my son, no trip out can go by without him picking up sticks, an afternoon at Hatton Locks was to be no exception.
While he had fun searching for more sticks, I just admired the reflections in the water.
It was all so peaceful, even though a lot of other families were enjoying an afternoon at Hatton Locks.
Monkey soon discovered the Piling Boat play area and was off again, having fun, enjoying a sunny afternoon.
It was a lovely way to spend a few hours on Sunday afternoon and well worth a visit if you are in the area. It’s also close to the National Trust properties of Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House as well as Hatton Country World. We will certainly be back when we’re in the area again. Have you been?