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Alvechurch on the Worcester and Birmingham canal to start you Canal boat holidays.

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Alvechurch Cruise 2 :

4 -6 night 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 & visit the Black Country 26 Acre outdoor Museum & Dudley Castle & Zoo.

Start & Finish : Alvechurch marina, Worcestershire
Total Distance: 44 miles
Total Locks: 6
Tunnels: 6
Cruising Hours: 18 ¾ hours

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.

There is so much to see in Birmingham that is is worth visiting the website:https://visitbirmingham.com/

Amongst some of the attractions are the National Sea Life Centre (https://www.visitsealife.com/birmingham/), & 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.

DAY 3

You can stay in the Gas street basin to explore the area's delights, or move on to visit the superb 26 acre outdoor Black Country Museum and the impressive ruins of Dudley castle & also visit Dudley Zoo (there are 3 locks en route), or catch a bus as they are well worth a visit.

Cruising From the Gas Street Basin take the Birmingham Main line canal, & ignore the turnings left & right. After about 3 hours cruising you will negotiate the 3 Factory locks, just after the last lock turn left down the Dudley Canal, and moor up near the 2nd turning on your left, near the Dudley Tunnel, for the Black Country Museum. Dudley Zoo & Castle are close by.

The 26 acre outdoor Museum has been built around a re-constructed canal village, with a pub, shops and an inland port. You can ride on a trolley bus or tram, try sweet making, metal working or glass cutting, experience an underground coal mine & meet the characters in the shops and houses.

Useful websites are https://www.dudleyzoo.org.uk/ & https://www.bclm.co.uk/

4 ½ hours cruising from Gas Street basin to here.

DAY 4

Turn around here & cruise the 9 hours back to Alvechurch, maybe stopping off to do some last minute shopping in Birmingham or stopping off at Cadbury World if you missed it on Day 2.

Total 9 hours Cruising back to Alvechurch

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