No Direction

No Direction is our 70ft Narrowboat which is now home to my wife Jayne and myself, it was launched on 4th February 2008.

We spend the Winters in a Marina and cruise in the warmer weather.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Hatton in the Sun

Saturday 15th September 2012.
Lapworth to The Cape.
8 Miles and 21 Locks.

The big job today was Hatton Locks, 21 wide locks spread over 2 miles, fortunately we started the day in bright sunshine and finished the same way.

First though it was Shrewley Tunnel, it's been 6 years since we last went through, I had forgotten how wet it was inside and didn't bother with a jacket.

Shrewley Tunnel with the small horse tunnel above.
We soon came to Hatton top lock and with no other boats around started down on our own, all the way down and we only met one boat coming up and never saw anyone following.
These locks are easy to work, fast to fill and empty even using just one paddle as were today, it's all due to the modernisation programme carried out in the thirties, pity they stopped.
As you would expect on a sunny weekend at a place like Hatton there were plenty of gongoozlers and photographers around most of them asking questions.
About halfway down.
As we were working down the second from last lock Jayne rang the Saltisford Canal Centre to enquire if they had space on their visitor moorings, yes was the reply but you may have to breast up, but when we arrived it turned out they had no space apart from a triple mooring which would be difficult for Jayne to cross over so we politely thanked them and left, we have now reverted to our original plan and moored by the Cape of Good Hope pub for the rest of the weekend. 

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