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Saturday 14th January
RAR 255
COVENTRY'S GBG

Meet at Greyhound, Sutton Stop, 12 noon
Sunday 5th February
HW 55
SNOWDROPS AT ALLESLEY

Meet at The Brooklands, Kingsbury Road, 12 noon.
Saturday 18th February
RAR 256
STATFORD TO WELFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am (X18 takes 1 hour 35 mins!!)

The No.27 bus leaves Welford at 3:16pm and arrives Stratford 3:29pm (opposite Maypole)
5:50pm arrives 6:12pm
6:09pm arrives 6:46pm

The X18 bus leaves B439 (Binton turn) at 3:19pm arrives Stratford at 3:56pm. This stop is supposedly 20 mins walk from Welford.
3:49pm arrives 4:26pm
4:24pm arrives 5:01pm
4:54pm arrives 5:31pm

The 6:30pm No. 460 National Express arrives Coventry 7:00pm
Saturday 18th March
RAR 257
WELFORD ON AVON TO BIDFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives B439 (Binton turn) at 12:07pm
Saturday 15th April
RAR 258
BIDFORD ON AVON TO HARVINGTON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives Bidford 12:11pm
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The Hatton Locks are a flight of 21 locks on the Grand Union Canal in Hatton, Warwickshire, UK. The flight spans less than 2 miles (3.2 km) of canal, and has a total rise of 45 metres (148 ft).

The flight was opened in December 1799 on the Warwick and Birmingham Canal. In 1929, the canal was renamed as the Grand Union Canal (on unification of a number of operators) and the decision was made to widen the Hatton stretch. In order to accommodate traders with heavy cargos of coal, sugar, tea and spices up the flight, the locks were widened to 14 feet (4.3 m) – allowing navigation by industrial boats or two single narrowboats. The widening was completed in the mid-1930s using a workforce of 1,000, and the revolutionary concrete lock system was opened by Prince George, Duke of Kent.

The flight was known as the "stairway to heaven" due to the difficulty of the flight and the subsequent easier journey to Camp Hill where the workmen would receive their wages.

We begin our journey in Warwick and from the bus stop it is a short walk to Saltisford, and the ANTELOPE for refreshment before commencing this walk. They keep one regular local real ale brew and two guest ales that they rotate on a monthly basis.
photo of the antelope pub at warwickThe Antelope at Saltisford
Leaving the Antelope we continue along Saltisford, under the railway bridge to the DUN COW. It advertises real ales, with a row of handpumps in the bar.
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From the Dun Cow we walk down to the canal bridge and take the canal out of town. This is where the canal climbs out of the Avon valley onto the North Warwickshire Plateau, no less, passing through numerous locks to achieve this.
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I must mention that we go under the wonderfully named 'Ugly bridge' , bridge No.52. It doesn't look particularly ugly to me!
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Hatton flight looking up
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Looking down Hatton Flight with Warwick in the distance
After the seventh lock they cease to be isolated locks and become the 'Hatton Flight'. At the top is the WATERMAN pub and restuarant, situated in enormous grounds that sweep down to the canal. Hook Norton and Betty Stoggs were on offer at the bar as we went to press.
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The Waterman from the canal at the top of Hatton flight
Here the towpath crosses to the opposite bank and we pass a little canalside cafe. We soon come to bridge No.56, Hatton Glebe Bridge with Hatton railway station alongside the canal. Here we can catch a train back. Trains are not frequent out here, leaving at 3:42pm, 4:00pm and 6:00pm, then 7:36pm. They take us back to Warwick station after an eight minute journey for £1.90. We then go to the Slaughterhouse Brewery pub, the WILD BOAR, for a drink before catching the return bus home.
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Last call of the day, The Wild Boar pub and microbrewery at Warwick. The blog on their website reads;

"Welcome to The Wild Boar, Warwick. We are a cask ale house and micro brewery dedicated to providing the finest cask ales to the discerning drinker in a comfortable and friendly environment. A collaboration between Warwick's Slaughterhouse Brewery and Everards brewery of Leicester, the Wild Boar regularly serves at least nine real ales on handpull together with cask ciders."
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