Hatton Locks
Hatton Locks
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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State of the art locks were built at Hatton to flight off stiff competition from the roads and railways in the 1930's. When the locks were completed bands played and crowds gathered to watch the Duke of Kent arrive by boat and cut the ribbon. Today Hatton Locks is a lovely peaceful location to watch the colourful narrowboats as they move through the flight and if thats too much excitement why not enjoy a picnic or bite to eat in the cafe.
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Bill D
Leicester, UK67 contributions
Jul 2022
We parked in the tp car park and walked to the Bottom Lock, walking back to the Top Lock Cafe. A good four miles of easy walking, chatting to locals, enjoying flora and fauna. The only reason its not five stars is that the parking pay system is very poor - CCard machine did not work - Phone machine was also cash machine, but with no instructions!
Written July 27, 2022
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Snoopy747
Warwick, UK8 contributions
Jun 2021
Walk alongside the canal on a wide path that is picturesque. This is a huge flight of locks, but the ones at the top are the most popular. There is a good cafe where you can purchase food and drink with some picnic tables, and it is great to watch the boats. A lovely place to sit outside in the summer, with lots going on, and a good place for a walk in the winter.
Written November 30, 2021
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planegirl100
Hampshire, UK412 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Visited the locks on recommendation from a friend, I've never seen anything so intriguing before. Parking was easy, pay at machine by contactless. Walk left from the car park to bottom long, it's downhill and flat or walk right towards top lock and the cafe. Spent a lovely couple of hours here, would definitely recommend
Written October 14, 2022
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amazonflash
Southampton, UK263 contributions
Aug 2020
We spent a lovely day strolling up and down the locks. It had been raining so there were puddles but we went prepared for that. The view down in places is spectacular. The slope is well managed for walkers with flat parts and gentle ramps so ideal for buggies and walking. Passing other walkers was relatively safe as the paths were quite wide and you can side-step onto the lock-side to avoid groups. Some parts may be a little steep for wheelchairs though. There were not many facilities although the cafe at the top was busy, catered for take-out drinks, snacks and home made cakes, including a gluten free choice. Tables were reasonably well distanced and you had to wear a mask to order inside. Spotless toilets were available here, the only ones we found. Also near the car park, not currently open, was a big visitor centre which during normal times would presumably also have toilets as well as picnic benches right beside the first lock and perhaps an exhibition space. Parking in the small car park was not free but was reasonable.
Written August 24, 2020
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CornishCarlos
Surat Thani, Thailand241 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Apart from the car park machine eating money it's a great spot... Cost me £3 instead of £1.50 but was a lovely couple hrs, walking and watching boats go through the locks. The cafe is excellent and the staff very friendly. Top spot for a few hours on a sunny morning...
Written September 15, 2020
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Ernie H
Cardiff, UK1,666 contributions
Nov 2022
A nice walking and picnic spot. Engineering wise a remarkable location. Unfortunately rain started so had to cut short the visit. Pay and display car parking with no issues with card payments. SWMBO remembers coming her as a child as a picnic spot so nostalgia as well.
Written November 14, 2022
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SLKmaniac
Hampshire, UK681 contributions
Jul 2022
We visited on a very hot sunny day and walked a total of about 5 miles round trip. It was really nice. We got to speak to lots of people on the barges and on the locks which made the visit interesting. We'll definitely be back but maybe when it's not quite so hot!
Written July 25, 2022
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Chrisgale
Sheffield, UK790 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
Nice place for a walk. Interesting watching the locks working. Not a very big car park and a lot of people couldn't get a space. Only £1.50 for all day. I don't think cafe was open as there was no one sitting outside but you could walk up the hill to the pub. Fascinating place.
Written September 4, 2020
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SWH100
Cardiff, UK1,005 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
This was a lovely Sunday walk. It was freezing cold, but super interesting. We walked from the top to the bottom lock - seeing all 21 one locks. It was super cool to see. Definitely never seen anything like that before. It’s about a 7k walk there and back again. Stopped at the lovely quaint cafe on our way back. Really nice couple of hours spent at Hatton locks. Only £1.50 to park for 2 hours or £3 for the day. Decent size car park, but it’s not massive. I can imagine it gets very busy in the summer.
Written March 6, 2023
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BlarghBlargh
Birmingham, UK358 contributions
Jan 2020
If you have time, definitely have a wander to Hatton to see the locks. It is a really interesting bit of history and a nice walk along the canal. There is also a little cafe and a few nice pubs nearby. An even better experience if you happen to see some canal boats using the locks, which was interesting to witness! The lady told us it would take 5 hours to cross the 30-40 locks!
Written January 26, 2020
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