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Day

From/To

Miles

Time

Locks

Notes

Day 1.

Lowesmoor Wharf

(Viking Afloat)

To

Bevere

Lowesmoor
(Worcester Birmingham canal)

To
Diglis Basin

To
Worcester Racecourse (River Severn)

 

 

1

4

 

 

2 hrs

1 hr

 

 

2 locks

2 locks (Diglis Basin)

An easy first afternoon allows you to travel down through two locks (the first one with our demonstrator still with you) to Diglis Basin, and then pass through the two wide locks down onto the River Severn. Turn right to head up river towards Stourport and pass through Worcester and under the road bridge, the railway and then the modern footbridge. Look to moor up now on the right hand side of the river. Plenty of public moorings here. Enjoy a night out in the city with all its facilities! If you get away early enough you can press on to the first River lock at Bevere (one hour) and visit the excellent Camp House Inn, (01905 640288). Note that they stop serving food at 8 p.m.

Day 2.

Bevere

To

Kidderminster

Bevere (River Severn)

To

Stourport Basin
(Staffs and Worcs. canal)

To
Kidderminster

 

 

8

 

3

 

 

2 hrs

 

2 hrs

3 locks (Manned)

4 locks (Stourport)

 

3 locks

A very pleasant cruise up the River passing through 3 manned locks brings you to Stourport. You need to locate the entrance to the narrow locks that lead up to the basin and onto the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. Moor up on the river close to the entrance and take a good look at what is required to operate these staircase locks. Prepare the locks before you attempt to enter the bottom chamber. Stourport itself is a great lunch stop with all sorts of options. After lunch you set off to Kidderminster and we recommend that you moor overnight just above Kidderminster lock, close to the large Sainsbury's store.

Day 3.

Kidderminster

To

Greensforge

Kidderminster

To
Kinver

 

To
Greensforge Lock

 

5

 

 

4

 

2.5 hrs

 

2.5 hrs

 

5 locks

 

 

5 locks

This next stretch of canal must rank amongst the prettiest in the country as it winds its way through woods and meadows. After 5 locks and 5 miles you reach the village of Kinver and you could aim to take lunch either at The Vine (01384 877291) or in the village. Two more miles and two more locks brings you to Stourton Junction where the Staffs & Worcs. canal meets the Stourbridge canal. Carry on up the S & W canal, past Ashwood Marina to tonight's destination, Greensforge Lock, The Navigation Inn (01384 273721) [as an alternative, you could press on to Swindon Village, where you will find some food shops & Post Office etc.]

Day 4.

Greensforge

To

Wightwick Lock

Or

Coven

Greensforge Lock

To
Bratch

 

to
Wightwick Lock

 

Coven
(Staffs & Worcs. Canal)

 

4

 

 

4

 

5

 

3 5hrs

 

2.5 hrs

 

2.5 hrs

 

6 locks

 

 

7 locks

 

2 locks

History surrounds the canal as you continue Northwards to Bratch Locks. Lunchtime could perhaps be a picnic at Bratch. Bratch is a very photogenic and unusual group of three locks. Despite appearances they are not a 'staircase' and you should read the simple instructions on display before entering them. One option now is to stop at Wightwick Lock, beyond which there is a convenient winding hole to turn the boat in. Just across the nearby main road is the Mermaid Inn (01902 760021) which also does meals. There is a selection of food shops a short walk further up the canal at Compton. (Please note that if you take the boat beyond this turning point, you will have to go as far as Aldersley Junction to turn round! However if you have time to spare, and you want to break out into the countryside again, you can press on past Aldersley Junction (Birmingham Canals) and Autherley Junction, (Shropshire Union Canal) to Coven, The Fox & Anchor (01902 798786). This adds around 5 miles and a further 2 locks to the day.

Day 5.

Wightwick Lock

To

Swindon Village

(Coven)

or Wightwick Lock

To
Bratch Locks

To
Swindon Village

(5)

 

4


3

(2.5 hrs)

2.5 hrs


3 hrs

(2 locks)

 

7 locks


4 locks

Now it is time to retrace the journey to Worcester. Back down the Bratch, to the village of Swindon. This is one of the few shopping points along this stretch, so you may want to take advantage! If you spent the evening at the Navigation Inn at Greensforge Lock two nights ago, then stop in Swindon village. However, if you missed The Navigation Inn (01384 273721) on the way up, you should take this opportunity to visit it tonight.

Day 6.

Swindon Village

To

Wolverley

Swindon Village

To
Kinver

To
Wolverley

 

5


4

 

3 hrs


2 hrs

 

5 locks


3 locks

The canal winds its lazy way South, back through some idyllic Worcestershire countryside and past any number of interesting features. You might aim to have a lunch stop at Kinver and take advantage of its shops or The Vine (01384 877291). For a bit of variety you can always pause at Cookley. Moor up after the tunnel and walk up to the village, which sits above. Finally you reach Wolverley lock and the excellent Lock Inn (01562 850581). You will find mooring above and below the lock. The village is well worth a visit and is just 800 metres away.

Day 7.

Wolverley

To

Lowesmoor Wharf

(Viking Afloat)

Wolverley

To
Stourport Basin

To (via River Severn)
Diglis Basin
(Worcester Birmingham canal)

To
Lowesmoor Wharf

 

7

 

12

 


1

 

3 hrs

1 hr

4 hrs

 


1 hr

 

5 locks

4 locks (Stourport)
3 locks (manned)
2 locks (Diglis Basin)

2 locks

Aim to get away early and head down to Stourport for lunch. Just before you reach Stourport, at Mitton, is the Bird in Hand (01299 822385). You still have quite a bit of distance to travel today, so don't be tempted to delay too long! First there are the two double staircase locks that drop you down onto the Severn and then you still have 12 miles and 3 river locks to do before you arrive at Worcester. You need to lock up off the river into Diglis Basin tonight, because these wide locks are padlocked at night, (times vary through the year) and you would not be able to get back on time if you had to wait for them to open in the morning! Most customers choose to finish up mooring in Lowesmoor Wharf as it is very convenient for the City centre and saves you having to make an early start on the last morning.

Day 8.

       

Hand back the boat at 9.30 am.

 

Notes

If at the start of your holiday, you plan to visit the supermarkets near Worcester, we suggest that you aim to arrive early and get your shopping done before you come to the boatyard to collect the boat.