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Towpath improvement at Hatton Locks

The towpath at Hatton locks needed a makeover.

Hatton Locks Towpath

Staff, including the Water management team who are largely based at the Hatton Locks office, put aside their keyboards and pens and picked up a spade for a day. The towpath outside the offices had been wearing away and puddles had formed, leaving people to trample the grass verge.

Towpath at Hatton

Here is a picture of the towpath before we started. In front of us, we had 40 tonnes of gravel, a mound of top soil, 4 wheel barrows and spades. We all got to work.


To lay the new towpath, we placed a wooden frame, which was the width of the towpath, and filled it with the gravel. There were several people with spades manning the piles of gravel and top soil, who filled the wheelbarrows as they shuttled back and forth. The topsoil went down the edges of the path and the whole thing was raked over and levelled.

Adam Comerford compacting

We used a compactor to set the gravel in place. As the day went on and we moved further and further down the towpath, we made use of the tractor to shuttle the gravel.

Since our work on the top section of the flight, almost all of the towpath down to Warwick Parkway train station has been renewed by other volunteers and staff. The work has been greatly appreciated by the staff that commute to work via the towpath.

Last Edited: 12 May 2017

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