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Sarah, Kenilworth to Hatton

I cycle to work, starting near Kenilworth down to Hatton. It takes me 35 minutes.

My cycle to work, courtesy Sarah Edwards My cycle to work, courtesy Sarah Edwards

Route: Kenilworth to Hatton

Distance: just over 8 miles

I live in a village so most of my journey I chose to cycle on very quiet backroads. This morning I saw a hare, a family of pheasants, two muntjac deer, a woodpecker, and lots of sheep and cows, and almost no cars. It’s a beautiful time of year.

When I get near to Hatton, to avoid the main road which is busy, narrow and fast, I take a detour onto the tow path and finish my journey along the canal because it is safer, and much more enjoyable.

Welcome to the Grand Union Canal Welcome to the Grand Union Canal
Ducks on the Grand Union Canal Ducks on the Grand Union Canal towpath

It’s so quiet at 7.30am that coming off the road onto the towpath is like finding a secret garden.

At the time of morning I’ve never seen another person. On my way home, I see a walker or two. It’s wonderfully quiet.

It’s not the easiest ride – the gravel makes it quite slippy on the top locks, and you need to duck under a bridge and carry your bike up the steps, but I’m not in a hurry and I take it slow.

Steps onto the towpath near Hatton