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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)

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 pm.

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. Lots of pubs and restaurants.

Day 3.

Kidderminster

To

Woverley

Kidderminster

To

Stourton Junction

Turn round at Junction.

Back to
Wolverley

 

 

7

 

5

 

 

3.5 hrs


3 hrs

 

 

7 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 7 locks and 7 miles you reach Stourton Junction where the Staffs & Worcs canal meets the Stourbridge canal. You will need to turn here and start your journey home. The Vine (01384 877291) in Kinver is an excellent lunch stop, either before or after you make the turn at Stourton. You now wend your relaxing way back through this glorious section of canal and spend the night at Wolverley Lock where you can eat at the popular Lock Inn (01562 850581). The village itself is well worth a visit and is just 800 metres away.

Day 4.

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 recommended Bird in Hand (01299 822385). You still have quite a bit of distance to travel today, so don't 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 5.

       

Hand back the boat at 9.30 am.

 

Notes

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.