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

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Alvechurch Cruise 6

7 Days Cruise to the Tudor town of Warwick & Warwick Castle from Alvechurch.

(2) Start & Finish : Alvechurch marina, Worcestershire.

Total Distance: 52 miles
Total Locks: 82
Tunnels: 6
Cruising Hours: 34 hours


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.


Continuing on through the Tunnel, for those with children you might want to make a short detour to Cadbury World which is 1 mile north of the Kings Norton Junction (booking is advisable Tel. 0121 451 4159).

Before you turn off at the Kings Norton Junction, onto the Stratford on Avon canal, there is a an old Canal House on your left, and as you turn you will see the interesting guillotine mechanism of the now disused Stop Lock which was balanced by chains & counterweights.

The Canal briefly passes through a small tunnel & the quiet residential outskirts of Birmingham before leaving it behind and passing out into open country. There are very few villages along this stretch, but there is a steel lift bridge which is lowered & raised electrically, and you will need your British waterways key for this. One button does all!

The Canal continues through the countryside until you get to Hockley Heath where you can get refreshment at the nearby Wharf Inn, because soon you will encounter your first locks, the first 4 of the 20 or so Lapworth Locks, but you can do the rest tomorrow!

If you moor up for the 2nd night after Bridge 31 you can walk down to the Boot Inn by locks 13/14 at the bottom of this lovely flight of Locks. It is 7 hours & 20 minutes cruising from Hopwood to here.


From Alvechurch as cruise to Stratford, but after Lapworth lock 19 turn left and negotiate lock 20 and then right to join the Grand Union Canal at the Kingswood Junction.

You now have a fairly long stretch of lock free cruising before you reach the Hatton locks on your descent down to Warwick, which is 8 and half hours cruising from Lock 6 on the Lapworth flight. Near bridge 55 you can walk to the Hatton Craft centre, with craft workshops, rare breeds and a children's play area.

The Hatton flight of 21 locks offers fine views of the spires of Warwick. Once down the Hatton flight, either moor down the Saltisford Arm, or near Bridge 49 which is ½ mile from Warwick Town centre.


Warwick Castle is well worth a visit and is possibly the finest medieval castle in the country, it is open all year except Xmas, see the Kingmaker exhibition which uses wax sculpture to recreate the preparations for battle in 1471, as well as the dungeons, ghost tower & sumptuous state rooms. Warwick itself is a lovely little town with some Tudor buildings, you can get all your provisions here.

You can turn your boat just after bridge 44 & make your way back to Alvechurch.

It is 20 hours cruising back to Alvechurch Marina

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