Coventry Rocks

Hatton Locks

Parks & Walks

Hatton's famous 'stairway to heaven' flight of 21 locks has a fascinating history. State of the art locks were built at Hatton to fight off stiff competition from the roads and railways and widened in the 1930s. 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 narrow boats as they move through this flight on the Grand Union Canal and if that's too much excitement why not enjoy a picnic along the towpath!

Drop by the Welcome Station - you'll find friendly, knowledgeable volunteers at Lock 43.

Things to do and see at Hatton Locks

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Dog Walking
  • Canoeing
  • Sightseeing

Places to eat:

Boat trips at Hatton Locks:

Picnic spot:

There are picnic benches up and down the locks and plenty of wide grassy areas.

Wildlife spotting:

As well as the resident ducks, moorhens and swans, you'll see house sparrows and grey wagtails, and sometimes badgers along the wooded embankments. Grass snakes, slow worms and smooth newts are also quite common in the off side pounds.

Parking at Hatton Locks:

There is pay & display car parking just over the bridge from our Hatton Locks offices. For details go the local parking website.

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