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Day

From/To

Miles

Time

Locks

Notes

Day 1.

Lowesmoor Wharf

(Viking Afloat)

To

Tibberton

Lowesmoor Wharf

To

Tibberton

 

 

 

6

 

4 hrs

 

 

12 Locks

To undertake this trip, it is essential that you have the advantage of the lighter evenings, (May - September) and that you are able to make an early start It is 6 miles and 12 locks to the delightful village of Tibberton where you can visit either The Bridge Inn (01905 345874) or Speed the Plough (01905 345602). If you are happy to eat on board and do not require a pub for the evening, then you can relax on this first leg and moor where ever you like. (Avoid the section between bridge 22 and 23.)

Day 2.

Tibberton

To

Stoke Prior

And back to

Hanbury Wharf

Tibberton

To

Stoke Prior

Turn round

Back to

Hanbury Wharf

 

 

8

 

 

4

 

 

3.5 hrs

 

 

2 hrs

 

 

7 locks

 

 

7 locks

An easy day today, with a gentle cruise through Dunhampstead tunnel, past Hanbury Wharf and the entrance to the Droitwich Canal (under restoration) and on through the 6 locks of the Astwood flight, to Stoke Works. One more mile and a last lock brings you to Stoke Prior where you can turn round. But take note, this is a busy Hire base and on a Saturday it will be full of boats getting ready to set out! Having turned, you can retrace your journey, stopping for lunch either at the Navigation (01527 870194) or at the Boat and Railway (01527 831065) at Stoke Works. Your overnight stop can then be either at Hanbury Wharf, Eagle and Sun (01905 770130), or a couple of miles further on, at Dunhampstead, The Firs (01905 774094). We strongly recommend that you make reservations in advance.

Day 3.

Hanbury Wharf

To

Lowesmoor Wharf

(Viking Afloat)

Hanbury Wharf

To

Tibberton

To

Lowesmoor Wharf

 

 

3

6

 

 

1 hr

4

 

 

0 locks

12 locks

Today is spent returning to Worcester, by way of Tibberton, where you could have an early lunch (see above for pub details). If you press on and get back early enough and fancy some extra activity, you can continue past Lowesmoor to Diglis basin and then pop out onto the River Severn for a while. Make sure you are aware of what time the river locks close to ensure that you are able to return onto the canal today! 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 4.Finish

       

Monday morning, vacate boat 9.30 am.

 

Notes

This route is not blessed with many shops and so those of you wishing to eat any meals aboard the boat will need to plan your shopping well in advance. If 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. The trip described above assumes that you are able to get away promptly, so you will not want to delay yourselves once the boat is ready!