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Cruising routes details from
Alvechurch Marina

Cruise 1 : Gas street basin (lock free) : 3 Night cruise

Cruise 2 : birmingham's gas street basin & brindley place : 4-6 Night cruise

Cruise 3 : Stratford upon avon to Lapworth Flight (lock free) : 3 Night cruise

Cruise 4 : Birmingham Mini ring : 5-7 Night cruise

Cruise 5 : Stratford Upon Avon : 7 Night cruise

Cruise 6 : Warwick : 7 Night cruise

Cruise 7 : Alvechurch to Worcester : 7 Night cruise

Cruise 8 : The Black Country ring : 10-14 Night cruise

Cruise 9 : The Stourport ring : 7-14 Night cruise

Cruise 10 : Drayton Manor : 10-14 Night cruise

Cruise 11 : avon ring: 14 Night cruise

Cruise 12 : Warwickshire ring: 10-14 Night cruise

 
 

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Alvechurch Cruise 1 :-

Cruise to Birmingham's Gas street basin & Brindley place with it's waterside pubs and colourful boating community, and experience Britain's second city, a thriving cosmopolitan centre, with some of the finest shopping, culture and visitor attractions in Europe.

This is a lock free cruise so ideal for novices!

Start & Finish : Alvechurch marina, Worcestershire
Total Distance: 22 miles
Total Locks: 0
Tunnels: 4
Cruising Hours: 10 hours

Cruise from the medieval village of Alvechurch with its pretty half-timbered houses through idyllic stretches of countryside to Stratford on Avon or to Warwick.

DAY 1

Once setting off from Alvechurch, you soon leave the traffic behind and cruise through lovely Worcestershire countryside to your 1st Tunnel at Wast Hills which at 2726 yards is one of the longest in the country!

For your 1st nights stop it is nice to cruise for an hour to Hopwood & then stop by Bridge 67 where there is a convenient pub- The Hopwood House, by the Canal.

DAY 2

Continuing on through the Tunnel, for those with children you might want to stop at the visitor moorings at Bournville,which is 1 mile north of the Kings Norton Junction (booking is advisable Tel. 0121 451 4159).It is signposted from the canal. There is an exhibition dedicated to the history of chocolate, audio visual displays, Victorian Birmingham & a Jungle to explore!

About 3 miles later you arrive at the Gas Street basin which is in the heart of Birmingham's canal network, and has been redeveloped into a unique experience where traditional narrow boats moor up next to cosmopolitan cafes and bars. The surrounding area is a vibrant arts & entertainment area and there are many shopping options within a short walk.

Moor up near the Sea Life centre, the NIA, or Cambrian Wharf, as is it much quieter than the Gas Street basin.

There is so much to see in Birmingham that is is worth visiting the website:www.beinbirmingham.com

Amongst some of the attractions are the National Sea Life Centre (www.sealifeeurope.com), & the Jewellery Quarter Discovery centre, also many fine Art galleries and over 500 restaurants offering every choice of food!

For shopping a visit to the new Bullring is a must, which covers an area the size of 26 football pitches and a has a huge range of shops.

Close by is the national Indoor Arena, one of the busiest large scale indoor sporting & entertainment venues in Europe.

Total cruising hours from Alvechurch to Gas Street basin is 4 ¾ hours.

 

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