Lock 34 as it normally appears

Lock 34 as it normally appears (from the south)

From 19 January to 14 February 2015 maintenance work has been carried out by CRT on Lock 34 of the Hatton flight of 21 Locks.

This section of the Grand Union Canal stretches for 2 miles and is one of the most impressive sights on the network. The top lock is set in rural surroundings from where the canal descends through the locks with the distant vision of Warwick Cathedral, viewed along the canal, growing in the distance.

Having parked the car at Bridge 54 my wife and had a chance meeting with Richard Parry (CEO of the CRT) who had already visited Lock 34.

After lunching on a hot, locally baked, Focaccia stuffed very generously with chicken, bacon and cheese at the splendid cafe (highly recommended) near top lock we walked down to lock 34 some 1500 yards and 12 locks away.

There was a regular flow of sightseers along the way taking the 10 minute walk down to the lock.

At the lock we were greeted by a number of CRT staff and volunteers who were only too  eager to answer questions. With very little waiting we were given a conducted tour (a dozen at a time) by CRT man Ian Darby down into the empty lock.

The maintenance work was almost complete and I was surprise to see the good condition of the brickwork walls, base and gates which were last replaced in 2004.

Below is a narrated photo gallery and slideshow of the tour.

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