Birmingham Ramblers Walk for the Public  on Saturday 21 May 2022

Birmingham Ramblers Walk for the Public on Saturday 21 May 2022

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Hatton Locks to Warwick Parkway

Moor Street Station

Queensway

Birmingham

B4 7UL

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This is the booking form for the Birmingham Ramblers Hatton Locks to Warwick Parkway Short Walk on Saturday 21 May 2022

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Join this leisurely ramble with a Birmingham Rambler group leader and enjoy social walking with our friendly members.

This is a 5.5 walk from Hatton station to Warwick Parkway, including Hatton Locks and 2 canalside refreshment breaks; the longest stretch between breaks is about 2 miles. It is completely towpath-based and hence is stile-free and traffic-free throughout.

We meet on the concourse at Birmingham Moor Street by 10.15 for the 10.37 train to Hatton, arriving at 11.03. The destination of this train is London Marylebone. Hatton Station, postcode CV35 7LE, has a small free car park. However, trains back to Hatton from our end point are infrequent and involve a change of train, so driving to Hatton Station is not recommended. Should anyone drive to Hatton the best option to return to Hatton is to leave the walk at the Cape of Good Hope pub and catch an (infrequent) train from Warwick Station.

Warwick Parkway is served by Chiltern trains. Many of the trains only call at Solihull on the way back to Birmingham, so holders of West Midlands travel passes should purchase a return ticket from Solihull to Warwick Parkway which will cover the trains in both directions.

The Moor Street location details for this walk are:

  • Postcode: B4 7UL

The map number for the walk is EX221

Walk leader: Paul Hatton

This walk starts at Hatton Station at 11.03. There is a 1.2 mile level canal walk to Hatton Locks, which will take around 45 minutes. We pause at the café at the top of Hatton Locks for refreshment. There are plenty of tables there to eat your own food, or the café sells hot and cold drinks and snacks, including bacon sandwiches. If you prefer to consume your own food or drink here then please don't use the small number of tables that are put aside for café customers.

Hatton's famous 'Stairway to Heaven' flight of 21 locks on the Grand Union canal 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.

On leaving the café the walk goes down the locks, which is an easy and steady descent. After descending the locks the towpath levels out, and we stop after about 2 miles at Lock 28 for our picnic lunch before continuing for another 1.5 miles to The Cape of Good Hope canalside pub at Warwick for further refreshment. This part of the towpath can be muddy in places so appropriate footwear is recommended.

We then retrace our steps for just under a mile along the canal to Warwick Parkway station, from where there are approximately half-hourly trains back to Birmingham. There is a café, which might or might not be open, and toilets at Warwick Parkway should we have a wait at the station.

Bookings for this walk will close at 06.00 on Saturday 14 May 2022

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This is one of several walks and activities offered by the Birmingham Ramblers. If you have found this page through a web search or other means and would like to find out more about the group then please visit the Birmingham Ramblers web site; new members are always welcome.

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Hatton Locks to Warwick Parkway

Moor Street Station

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Birmingham

B4 7UL

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