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Hat­ton Locks Café, Canal Road, Hat­ton CV35 7JHL. 01926 409432 The Hat­ton Arms, Birm­ing­ham Road, Hat­ton CV35 7JJ. 01926 492427 JL Café, War­wick Park­way Sta­tion, War­wick CV35 7DY The Cape of Good Hope, Lower Cape. War­wick CV34 5DP. 01926 498138 The Moor­ings, My­ton Road, Leam­ing­ton Spa CV31 3NY. 01926 425043 There are plenty of other places to eat and drink in War­wick and Leam­ing­ton Spa where the well-known Cape of Good Hope pub stands close to the up­per lock. The canal con­tin­ues through fairly in­dus­trial north­ern War­wick, with the his­toric town away to our right. You can turn right at Bridge 49 and fol­low the Coven­try Road for half a mile if you fancy vis­it­ing the town cen­tre, or to get to the sta­tion if you want to end your walk here.

The in­dus­trial sur­round­ings con­tinue, as the canal passes a boat­builder’s and a boat hire firm on the right be­fore we start to leave the town be­hind.

All the locks that we have passed served the pur­pose of low­er­ing the canal into the Avon Val­ley, and we now cross the River Avon on a size­able aqueduct just on the edge of War­wick. Like many aque­ducts, it doesn’t look ter­ri­bly im­pres­sive from above, but as we’re on foot, we can eas­ily de­tour down the flight of steps along­side it to reach the river­side path and ad­mire it from be­low.

War­wick and Leam­ing­ton are two ad­ja­cent towns which more-or-less join up if you’re trav­el­ling by road, but on the canal, there’s room be­tween them for just a lit­tle bit of coun­try with fields of sheep on both sides. A sec­ond aqueduct takes us over the rail­way line, be­fore we reach a length of canal which was re­built as part of a re­tail and hous­ing de­vel­op­ment some years ago – in­clud­ing not one but two brand new canal­side pubs.

A very green-look­ing tree-lined length does a rea­son­able job of dis­guis­ing the fact that the in­dus­trial out­skirts of Leam­ing­ton Spa are just the other side of the tow­path. An as­sort­ment of new and old build­ings her­alds the ap­proach of the town cen­tre, and our walk ends at Bridge 41. Turn left on to Tach­brook Road, then straight ahead to visit the town cen­tre or first left for Leam­ing­ton Spa Sta­tion and a train back to Hat­ton. Oh, and if you still want to know why Hat­ton Sta­tion is so far from Hat­ton; well, it seems to have been done to avoid sit­ing it on Hat­ton Bank, the steep hill (by rail­way stan­dards) which par­al­lels the 21 locks.

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