Worcester Hire Base
If you choose our Worcester Hire Base, you will start your holiday at Lowesmoor Wharf, once the bustling centre of the city's canal trade.
Worcester became prosperous because of its position on the River Severn - first as one of the few river crossings and later as a staging post for river traffic.
With the advent of the canal age, Worcester soon found itself linked to the rest of Britain's canals via the Worcester Birmingham Canal and so today finds itself at the hub of what is now the holiday cruising network. It is conveniently placed for access to the Worcester Birmingham Canal, the Staffs. and Worcs. Canal, the Stratford on Avon Canal and the rivers Severn and Avon, offering cruising through some of the prettiest and most interesting areas of Britain.
Tour 1 (1 week)
Worcester and Staffordshire
78 Miles - 80 Locks - 4+ hours cruising per day
Passing through Worcester by canal, you join the River Severn for a leisurely cruise up to Stourport where you join the Staffs. and Worcs. 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 past dramatic sandstone rocks and through the beautifully preserved Bratch locks towards Autherley Junction. 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.
Tour 2 (1 week)
83 Miles - 116 Locks - 8 hours cruising per day
As with tour 1, you travel north up the River Severn to join the Staffs. and Worcs. Canal at Stourport.
You continue up this scenic contour-hugging canal to Stourton Junction where you branch off to Birmingham via the impressive Netherton tunnel. A visit to the award winning Black Country Museum is well worth some time before you cruise on through Birmingham (National Sea-life Centre and City Centre) to meet up with the Worcester Birmigham Canal. This canal brings you past Bournville (Cadbury World) and finally down the Tardebigge flight of locks to Worcester, passing through idyllic open countryside.
Tour 3 (1 week)
Worcester to Stratford-upon-Avon
100 Miles - 44 Locks - 6 hours cruising per day
From Worcester you head down the River Severn to Tewkesbury where you join the Warwickshire Avon.
The Avon takes you north-east through the rich fertile countryside of South Worcestershire. Along the way you can visit the delightful market towns of Pershore, Evesham and Bidford-on-Avon before finally arriving at Stratford itself.
On your journey to Stratford you will almost certainly have earmarked places for exploration on the way back - something to look forward to as you embark on a return journey that will open up new perspectives of the delightful Warwickshire and Worcestershire countryside.
Tour 4 (2 weeks)
109 Miles - 129 Locks -5 hours per day
This trip follows the same outward route as Tour 3, via the Rivers Severn and Avon to Stratford-upon-Avon. You then leave the river to re-join the canal system and travel up the Stratford -upon-Avon Canal to Kings Norton Junction. This canal is characterised by its unique split bridges and barrel roofed cottages.
At Kings Norton you turn left onto the Worcester Birmingham Canal, this brings you back to Worcester by way of the Tardebigge flight of locks and the rolling open countryside of North Worcestershire. Please note that an additional licence is required for the River Avon (£42 in 2000).