Hatton

During our two days at Rowington, we spent the first day cleaning the boat, then relaxing, and on the second day, we walked to Turner’s Green, to the Tom O’ The Wood P.H. The pub is described as dog friendly, and this was confirmed when we saw the sign outside, dogs welcome, people tolerated.

Tom O’ The Wood P.H.

I had the sea bass in a white mussel sauce, and it was very tasty. Back at the boat, we had a second afternoon of recovery from all our Lock working of the previous week. I also checked the state of the batteries, as we had not run the engine for two days. The monitor was indicating 80 percent, so we must be getting a decent amount from the solar panel now.

Today we were up with the lark, well 7.15 am. Underway by 8am, we had three miles and Shrewley Tunnel to navigate, before reaching the Top Lock of the Hatton flight. We needed water as well. Whilst filling the tank, I set the first three Locks, and just as we were finishing two boats came along and pinched them before we untied. It proved to be advantageous. One of them was a single hander, so the crew would have needed to do double the work, and by the time we eventually got going, the volunteers were on duty, and two of them assisted us down at least ten Locks.

On our way, Top Lock to the rear

You can see the cafe in the photo above, that we would walk back to for lunch. On draining, it appears that this Lock has suffered some recent damage.

Damage to the cill

After completing the first four Locks, we passed the yard and workshops for the Canal and River Trust. The next six are very close together as they stretch out before you.

Hatton Yard and Workshops

There are 21 Locks in the Hatton flight, but today we would only be doing 17. The volunteers left us to do the final three alone, when we met a single hander ascending the flight. His need of help was greater than ours.

Mooring spot on the Hatton Flight

Between Locks 30 and 29 is the longest pound, and the bank is lined with piling. This was where we would stop. After descending the Lock, we pulled in, close to the bywash, so as not to impede other boats using the flight and secured the boat. We then wandered back up the flight for lunch. By the time we returned, four legs was definitely feeling the heat, and was very pleased that the insulation on the boat had kept it cool inside.

Totals 4 Miles 17 Locks 1 Tunnel

Running total 145 Miles 204 Locks 9 Tunnels

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