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Worcester Marina : Cruise 7

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Cruise 7

Mid Worcestershire Ring

3 night short break round trip along the newly opened Droitwich Canal & down the River Severn

Start & Finish : Worcester marina, Worcestershire.

Total Distance: 20 miles

Total Locks: 33

Cruising Hours: 16 hours


DAY 1

Turn left out of Lowesmoor wharf up the Birmingham & Worcester canal & soon you will encounter 2 locks at Gregory Mill & 2 at Bilford, which will get you into the swing of things. 2 more locks should mean that you leave Worcester behind you before passing into the Worcestershire countryside and you may want to think about mooring up for the night before you get to the Offerton locks near Tibberton

It should take 2.5 hours from Lowesmoor to Tolladine Lock 10

DAY 2

The six Offerton locks are climbed, set in pleasant pasture land.

You pass the small village of Tibberton which is about 4-5 hours cruising from Lowesmoor Wharf, there are stores & a garage here, & the Bridge Inn is by the canal.

You are now in a pleasant stretch of rural country entirely typical of this canal, are the fruit trees are a reminder of one of Worcestershire's farming preoccupations.

There is a small tunnel at Dunhampstead, the Firtree Inn is close to the canal in the village.

At Hanbury Wharf is another Pub by bridge 35, and this is where you turn off to the newly opened Droitwich Canal. It has cost over £12 million to open this canal up & 40 years of campaigning.

Upon turning down the Droitwich canal you immediately encounter 3 locks, then locks 4,5,6 follow just before you go under the M5 which intrudes for a very short while, you are then soon into the lovely historic town of Droitwich.

Droitwich was first populated by the Romas, who mined salt here in the 2nd century. By the 8th century the town was in the hands of the Mercian Kings and the salt wells were considered one of the wonders of Britain. Throughout the centuries salt mining has played an important role in the development of the town, and in the 1830's Droitwich was transformed into a spa town folliwing the realisation of the therapeutic qualities of salt water. The Royal brine Baths were opened along with some fine hotels. Salt production finally ended in 1922 and the baths continued until 1975. However they were reopened in 1984 and a replica brine pit and other remains of the salt industry can be seen in Vines Park by the canal.

Droitwich was also known internationally for its powerful long wave transmitter which was built in 1933. During World War II the transmitter was initially used to broadcast to occupied Europe, and then to jam signals to enemy aircraft.

Most of the historic Droitwich lies to the south of the canal, in an area enclosed by Saltway, and is easily explored. There is a small museum devoted to the salt industry & the Droitwich transmitter.

Moor up in the town at the visitor moorings, It should take 6 hours cruising to here.

DAY 3

Leaving Droitwich behind you soon reach the countryside and meander through it to the River Severn. Turn left down the River Severn Bevere Lock is soon reached and is one of the prettiest on the River Severn.

The beautiful River Severn continues lock free and reaches the outskirts of Worcester.

You will cruise alongside Worcester racecourse and have a fine view of Worcester cathedral.

Just beyond here turn left up the Worcester and Birmingham Canal through about 3 locks until you reach Lowesmoor basin. Diglis basin, where you turn into the canal, is a fascinating terminus consisting of basins and old warehouses ,and a lock keeper will see you through the locks between 8-19.30 but check hours of opening before you get here.

It is 7 hours cruising to here.

The marina is a short walk from the City centre, where you can explore the lovely cathedral dating from 1074. There is a wealth of stained glass and monuments to see including the tomb of King John. Also a good place to visit is the Museum of Worcester Porcelain, which not surprisingly has the largest collection of Worcester Porcelain in the world. The Guildhall in the High street was built in 1721 and has a fantastic elaborate facade with statues of Charles I and II and Queen Anne.

In Friar Street is Greyfriars, dating from 1480, this was one part of a Franciscan priory, and is one of the finest half timbered houses in the country. Charles II escaped from this house after the Battle of Worcester in the civil war in 1651. In the George Marshall Medical museum you can meet the past heroes of medicine. Regular bus service from Crowngate Bus station.

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