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Glascote Basin Boatyard.

Glascote Basin Boatyard



Pleasant rural cruise along the Coventry Canal, passing small villages and Canalside pubs, also situated on the edge of the National Forest, the National Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance.
With 150 acres, over 300 memorials and an abundance of wildlife, there is something for everyone at the Arboretum.

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Recommended Holiday
Duration : 3 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 4.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 15.00 hours

Total Distance : 30.00 miles

Number of Locks : 14

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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If you wish to start your holiday off with an adventure, how about walking to the Snow Dome which is only about 10 minutes from the marina. All weather skiing and snowboarding centre with kit rental, an ice rink, swimming pool and gym. It is open until late every night.
Also you need to visit Tamworth Castle-
Step back through 900 years of history with a visit to Tamworth Castle. Uncover the secrets held within the chambers and hallways of this unique building and get a real sense of how the Saxons, Normans, Tudors and Victorians lived.

Day 1

Once back on the boat turn right out of the marina and cruise westwards and immediately you encounter Glascote Locks, but the trainer will show you how to use the locks, so don't worry.
At the Fazeley Junction keep straight on.

The Canal gives way to lightly wooded open fields towards Hopwas Hill as the Canal follows the course of the River Tame very closely, passing below Hopwas village.

Hopwas is a pretty & tidy village with a green, built on the side of a hill. It has a PO, and a convenience store. On the Canal is the Tame Otter Pub, where real ale & food are served all day, there are moorings available, also here is the Red Lion, food at lunch and in the evenings, steaks are a speciality.

Just beyond here there is a delightful wooded stretch that covers the side of the hill.
Landing is forbidden because these are the Whittington Firing Ranges.
After the wood the canal continues in a side cut embankment with a view of Tamworth to the east.

The next village you will reach is Whittington. There is a PO stores, garage, chemist, Chinese takeaway & off licence. The village centre is to the west of Whittington bridge, the shops are best approached from bridge 78. There are 3 pubs here, The Swan Inn on the Canalside, and the Bell Inn & Dog Inn in the main street.
From here you can catch a bus into Lichfield, which is well worth the detour.
The three spires of the 13th century Cathedral in Lichfield, the 'Ladies of the Vale' are a visible landmark for miles around. The modern shopping centre contrasts sharply with the graceful Georgian buildings of the city centre. There are excellent pubs & restaurants and night clubs, with a Farmers market on Sundays.
You can also catch a train into the centre of Birmingham from Litchfield.

It is 2 hours to here so moor for the night.

Day 2

Between Whittington & bridge 78, the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal changes to the Coventry Canal.
At Huddlesford is the junction with the Wyrley & Essington Canal, now only used for private moorings. There is an award winning friendly canalside pub here, - The Plough serving real ale & good food. You can walk the 1- 2 miles to Lichfield.

The Canal runs northward through flat open country and a swing bridge announces your arrival at Fradley Junction, where you meet the Trent & Mersey canal.
There is a boatyard here, a british Waterways information centre and cafe, and a very popular pub, The Swan – reputedly one of the most photographed pubs in the country. It is in a 200 yr old listed building, with cosy fires, real ales, and good bar meals with a carvery on Sundays.

You arrive on the Trent & Mersey in the middle of a 5-lock flight.

Also nearby & good for kids to unwind is the Fradley pool Nature reserve, with lots of walks quite close to the Canal.

Turn immediately right towards Alrewas.

The canal continues quietly until it reaches Alrewas,
The canal meanders through the village, passing well tended gardens and a bowling green. With the C13th church, a friendly and tranquil felling is created. The back lanes hide pretty half-timbered thatched cottages. There is a fine butchers shop, and also well worth a visit, is a wonderful wine & whisky store – Barkers of Alrewas - which has hundreds of bottles of Scotch whiskey among its stock.

Good pubs here are The Crown Inn, near Bridge No.46 and The George & Dragon in the village.

Situated on the edge of the National Forest, the National Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance.
With 150 acres, over 300 memorials and an abundance of wildlife, there is something for everyone at the Arboretum. -The Arboretum is situated a few miles from the Trent and Mersey Canal and is accessible via bridges 46, 47 or 48 in Alrewas village, approximately a 40-minute walk to the Arboretum.

You can turn the boat immediately below the lock 49.

It is just over 4 hours to here from Whittington.

Day 3 Day 4

It is 7.5 hours back to Glascote Basin, so easily done in a day unless you wish to turn around on Day 2 and make your way slowly back


NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.


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