This circular walk visits a flight of 21 locks located on the Grand Union Canal in Hatton, Warwickshire. The locks run for nearly 2 miles just to the west of the city of Warwick. The route takes you along the canal and then into the surrounding countryside and woodland.
The walk starts from the parking area in Hatton and follows a footpath a short distance to the canal. You then head east along the towpath before turning south and heading into the countryside. Follow the footpaths and country lanes to Hampton on the Hill before turning west across Grove Park.
The route skirts the edge of Whitehill Wood and then turns north past Hatton Country World. The attraction includes a number of retailers housed in old farm buildings and a family entertainment area with farm animals and an adventure playground.
Shortly after you return to the canal and follow the locks back to the car park. After your walk you can enjoy refreshments at the canal-side cafe which has waterside outdoor seating.
To extend your walking in the area you could follow the canal towpath west and visit Shrewley and Rowington, where you can pick up the Heart of England Way long distance trail. This can be followed to the nearby Baddesley Clinton where there's some nice footpaths to follow around the lakes, parkland and woodland on the estate.
The bluebells in the adjacent Hay Wood are another attraction here.
This walk start from Hatton but you could also start from Warwick and follow the canal west for a couple of miles to reach the locks.
PostcodeCV35 7JL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Hatton Locks Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hatton Locks Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hatton Locks OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hatton Locks Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Hatton Arms is in an excellent location right next to the canal. You can sit outside in the lovely garden area and enjoy fine views down to the locks. It's a great place to relax on warmer days. You can find the pub at postcode CV35 7JJ for your sat navs.
The canal paths make for a nice dog walk and the Hatton Arms pub mentioned above is also dog friendly. They even provide dog bowls of water and treats!
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To the north east there's the neighbouring village of Leek Wootton where you can explore The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club and see the 19th century Woodcote Estate, site of the headquarters of Warwickshire Police. Near here there's also the historic Stoneleigh Abbey. The 16th century abbey estate includes some beautiful landscaped parkland, lovely gardens and river views.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Warwickshire Walks page.