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Canal Boat holidays in the Heart of England

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Stourport Ring
Stratford-upon-Avon & return
The Black Country Ring
Staffordshire & return
Avon Ring (Two weeks)
Warwickshire Ring (two weeks)

 

Stourport Ring

canal boat holidays on the Stourport Ring

From either Alvechurch or Worcester
(7 nights, 7.5 hours per day, 116 locks)
From Gailey
(7 nights, 8.5 hours, 116 locks)

Droitwich Canal
Birmingham Canal Navigations
River Severn
Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal
Stourbridge Canal
Worcester Birmingham Canal

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One of the most popular one-week cruises. This route of contrasts takes in the 21st century Birmingham city centre, 19th century heritage and some of the most rural stretches of canal imaginable along with the river Severn.

Much of the stunning new development in Birmingham city centre is focused on the canalside area - Symphony Hall, the International Convention Centre and the Sea Life Centre. Branch off to the impressive Netherton tunnel or visit the award winning Black Country Museum. (Birmingham Tourist Info Centre 0870 2250127)

If time permits, experience the wonder of steam trains on the Severn Valley Railway, with a trip from Kidderminster to the picturesque market town of Bridgnorth. 01299 403816

Take an enviable river perspective of the magnificent Worcester cathedral in a city where you will also find both quaint and modern shopping malls. Worcester Tourist Info Centre 01905 726311

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Stratford-upon-Avon & return

From Alvechurch
(7 nights, 7 hours per day, 110 locks)
From Worcester
(7 nights, 6 hours per day, 44 locks. Avon Licence required from Worcester)

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River Avon
Stratford upon Avon Canal
Worcester Birmingham Canal
Cruise through idyllic stretches of countryside to this historic town, each route offering a superb mixture of culture, history and shopping. Moor in the beautifully maintained canal basin at Stratford , near to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (01789 403444)
The convenient Tourist Information Centre (0870 1607930) gives details of all you need to know about Shakespeare's birthplace.

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The Black Country Ring

Canal boat holidays along the Black Country Ring

From Gailey
(7 Nights, 7.5 hours per day, 76 locks)
From Alvechurch
(7 nights, 8 hours per day, 80 locks)

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Birmingham Canal Navigations
River Severn
Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal
Stourbridge Canal
Worcester Birmingham Canal
This route is packed with options for family activities and also includes a rich mixture of canal scenery.
Birmingham centre boasts the NIA, Symphony Hall and Brindley Place , all with canal frontage. Encounter life as it was when the canals were built for commercial use at the Black Country ' Living Museum ' at Tipton. 0121 557 9643
Amongst other attractions on the route are:
Dudley Zoo & Castle. 01384 215313
Drayton Manor Park . 08708 725252

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Narrowboat holidays in Staffordshire canal routeStaffordshire & return

From Gailey to Stourport
(7 nights, 6 hours per day, 58 locks)
From Worcester
(7 days, 6 hours per day, 80 Locks)
From Gailey to Worcester & return
(7 nights, 8 hours per day, 72 locks)

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Droitwich Canal
Birmingham Canal Navigations
River Severn
Shropshire Union Canal
Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal
Stourbridge Canal
Worcester Birmingham Canal
Passing through Worcester by canal, you join the River Severn for a leisurely cruise up to Stourport where you join the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal .
Here you will appreciate the contrast between the wide river and the more intimate atmosphere of the canal, which threads its way unobtrusively through the landscape, encouraging you to stop at will.
This canal takes you north past dramatic sandstone rocks and through the beautifully preserved Bratch locks towards Autherley Junction where you have the opportunity of joining the Shropshire Union Canal for a short while.
You will probably want to turn here in order to make the most of the return journey which, apart from opening up new views of the countryside, will give you a chance to visit some of the attractions you may have missed on the way up, such as the Severn Valley Railway, or the sandstone caves at Austcliffe.

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Avon Ring

Canal boat hire on the Avon Ring

From Alvechurch
(14 nights [or 10/11 nights, 6 hours a day], 139 locks)
From Worcester
(14 nights [or 10/11 nights, 6 hours a day], 139 locks, Additional licence required for River Avon)

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River Avon
River Severn
Stratford upon Avon Canal
Worcester Birmingham Canal
To really enjoy the delightful river cruising on both the Severn and Avon you will need at least a 10 or 11 night break.

In fact, allowing two weeks enables a detour down to Gloucester to visit its docks, warehouses and museums.

Worcester ,Tewkesbury, Evesham and Stratford each offer a superb mixture of culture, history and shopping.

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Warwickshire Ring

Canal boat hire on the Warwickshire Ring

From Alvechurch
(14 nights or [10/11 nights, 6 hours per day], 128 locks)
From Rugby
(7 nights, 8+ hours per day, 107 locks)
From Gayton
(10/11 nights, 7 hours per day, 120 locks)

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Birmingham Canal Navigations
Birmingham Fazeley Canal
Grand Union Canal
Oxford Canal
Stratford upon Avon Canal
Worcester Birmingham Canal

Another route with the option to moor at the heart of Birmingham, this cruise includes the spectacular Hatton locks and some fine stretches of the Grand Union Canal.

Once at Coventry , it is a short walk to the war-torn cathedral and its striking 1962 replacement.

Drayton Manor Park & Zoo 08708 725252
Snow Dome at Tamworth 08705 000011
Warwick Castle is possibly the finest medieval castle in the country. Warwick Tourist Information Centre 01926 492212

On a two week cruise, include a trip along the Ashby Canal.

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Droitwich Canal
Birmingham Canal Navigations
Birmingham Fazeley Canal
Grand Union Canal
Oxford Canal
River Avon
River Severn
Shropshire Union Canal
Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal
Stourbridge Canal
Stratford upon Avon Canal
Worcester Birmingham Canal