Warwick (part 2)

So during our stay in the Saltisford Arm, we have taken the opportunity to visit a few places of interest. On Wednesday we took four legs for his walk, and decided to have a look at the Hatton flight of locks, 21 wide locks, stretching over a distance of two miles. It was a warm sunny day, and the weather for the next week is forecast to get even better. Located by the top lock is a cafe, and as it was lunchtime we thought we’d try it out. I had a lock keepers lunch, aka a ploughmans. It was very good. The pork pie was very tasty, and the mature cheddar cheese and pickles plentiful. Walking back was much easier, downhill all the way.

Part of the Hatton flight

Thursday was a fairly lazy day, although the crew did go shopping, to top up on some fresh supplies. Then on Good Friday, we walked into Warwick to visit the castle. In addition to the castle, we also had a talk about their Trebuchet, normally working but sadly not at present, due to a fractured throwing arm. Following that, a display of birds of prey, this was definitely the highlight of the day. We then had a snack lunch, before finishing with a tour of the dungeons, complete with ghoulish actors.

Warwick Castle is a pricey day out, but you can save a bit, by booking in advance online. Saturday we wandered back into Warwick, this time to visit Lord Leycester Hospital. A very attractive timber framed building approaching 900 years old. It has since at least Elizabethan times, been used to provide support accommodation to ex-service personnel, something that continues today. Currently six are in residence, and they perform various duties, in exchange for their grace and favour accommodation. For history buffs, this beats Warwick Castle. The kitchen doubles as a cafe, and has been in constant use for 500 hundred years, so patrons today, are continuing a long standing tradition. The food produced was of an excellent standard, and the salad was one of the best I’ve had.

Today, Easter Sunday, we headed off for Sunday lunch, at the Cape of Good Hope P.H next to Cape Locks. We had been told the food here was very good, and we were not disappointed. On the way back to the boat, we met another crew also moored in the Arm. During a chat it became apparent, they are also departing tomorrow. We now have locking partners for the Hatton flight. Our stay in the Saltisford Arm has been pleasant. The only issue is the tree cover, which has resulted in copious amounts of sap, dripping onto the boat. There was nothing for it, once lunch had been digested, out came the bucket and sponge.