Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Our Favourite Canal: Hatton Locks

This was the first time the boys had visited a canal and they were both intrigued, especially watching the water changing depth to allow the boats to pass on to the next stretch of the canal.  It is definitely something worth seeing although we were lucky we just had the opportunity to watch without being roped in to help!  It looked quite a workout for the poor individuals involved.  I guess I might be a little biased picking Hatton Locks as the boys favourite given it’s the only one they have been to so far…

But Hatton Locks is an excellent place to learn more about the changing canal heritage as it moves from industrial roots to a recreational activity.  It’s full of wildlife and very green.  We had a lovely long walk and saw swans and cute ducklings in the water and all the people along the way seemed very friendly and chatty.


We enjoyed seeing all the canal boats, some of them were painted beautifully and had pots of flowers on the roof.  I think we were all slightly tempted to have our own seeing a few of the canal boats with for sale signs in the window, but I know that the boys would soon get fidgety in such a confined space…


There was a fabulous little cafĂ© that served us all a great cooked breakfast, which you might need after all the fresh air and walking.  The cakes went down quite well too!


We had lots of rain but we did not let it dampen our spirits, it was exciting watching the boats navigate a fascinating stretch of the canal.  I am sure if it had not been for the dreadful weather the place would have been crammed with visitors.  Fortunately the canal pathways offered some protection with trees so we were all only partially soaked through!

I think look insurance should consider adding our canal choice to their list of the top five canals in Britain, although I do have to agree with them about Llangollen.  It looks lovely there from what I have seen driving through the town anyway!!!  Perhaps we should try visiting the four other canal locations then we can know for sure if Hatton Locks would compete with them.

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