CADBURYS WORLD WARWICK CASTLE FROM ALVECHURCH
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This fantastic cruise takes you past Bournville home of Cadbury World, the Birmingham Sea Life Centre, and Warwick home of the impressive Warwick castle, and the route is part of the Birmingham Ring so a lot of the route you won't be seeing twice!
Also cruise to the Gas Street basin which is in the heart of Birmingham's canal network, it has been 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 and entertainment area and there are many shopping options within a short walk.
Amongst some of the attractions are the National Sea Life Centre and the Jewellery Quarter Discovery centre.
Warwick Castle is well worth a visit, and is possibly the finest medieval castle in the country. It is open all year, except Christmas. See the Kingmaker Exhibition, which uses wax sculpture to recreate the preparations for battle in 1471, as well as the dungeons, ghost tower, and sumptuous state rooms.
Leaving the marina, you will be heading for your first mooring, 5 miles away near the King's Norton Junction. In order to reach the mooring, you will need to cruise through Wast Hills Tunnel, which is 2726 yards long (1.55 miles).
Once you are moored, you might like to visit The Navigation Inn, which is close to Bridge 71, so not far to walk. The pub is a family-friendly place, with food seven days a week.
You will have cruised around 5 miles in about 2 hours.
Those with children you might want to stop at the visitor moorings at Cadburys World- Bournville (booking is advisable), which is 1 mile north of the Kings Norton Junction. It is signposted from the canal. There is an exhibition dedicated to the history of chocolate, audio visual displays, Victorian Birmingham and a Jungle to explore!
About 3 miles and 2 hours later you arrive at the Gas Street basin which is in the heart of Birmingham's canal network, it has been 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 and entertainment area and there are many shopping options within a short walk.
Amongst some of the attractions are the National Sea Life Centre and 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 and entertainment venues in Europe. (Website www.thenia.co.uk)
From the Gas Street basin, cruise up to the Deep cuttings Junction and turn right where you will soon encounter your first locks as you begin your descent from Birmingham, the flight of 13 locks at Farmers bridge.
Turn right at the Digibeth Branch, the Ashted Flight drops through 6 locks and then left onto the Grand Union Canal. At the Bordesley Junction keep straight on do not turn left. There are 5 locks at Camp Hill.
A short walk south west of Bridge 88 is the Birmingham Railway Museum, located over 7 acres on the site of a former Great Western Railway steam shed. There are 12 Steam locomotives, a Royal Mail van, a 1908 Royal saloon car and lots of steam railway paraphernalia. Www.shakespeareexpress.com.
By bridge 84 there is a useful stores.
Cruise on to Catherine de Barnes, a small village in the first countryside you will have seen for a day or so. There are stores and a nice pub here.
Total cruising time to here is 8 ½ hours
Cruise down the very rural Grand Union Canal on its peaceful route southwards, passing through the 5 wide locks at Knowle. Continue on the Grand Union Canal at Kingswood Junction
After a couple of miles there is a right hand curve in the canal at Turner's Green, where a beautiful old beamed house stands by the canal.
By now you may be feeling like some lunch, so just beyond Turner's Green is Rowington, where there is a pub – Tom O' The Wood, which is literally a couple of minutes walk from the canal, with a large beer garden and beautiful views of the countryside.
The next stretch of canal cuts through hills that surround the it, with steep wooded folds, and soon you reach the third tunnel – Shrewley Tunnel (433 yards long).
Soon you reach Hatton Top Lock No. 46, where you are high enough up to get a fine view of the spires of Warwick.
Among the Hatton Flight of locks, you will find The Hatton Arms, another pub worthy of a visit at the end of a busy day.
Once through the Hatton Flight of locks, down to Hatton Bottom Lock No. 26, you will soon reach the Saltisford Arm. It is a good idea to turn here before mooring up near the bottom lock, as it is a very popular mooring for access to Warwick.
Warwick Castle is about a 10 minute walk from the moorings at Saltisford, so you should have time to visit if you wish.
It is 9 hours to here from Catherine de Barnes.
Spend the morning going around Warwick Castle.
Cruise back along the Grand Union Canal, and perhaps moor by Turners Green near the canalside Tom O The Wood pub by Turner's Green Bridge 63
It is 5.5 hours cruising to here.
When you reach Kingswood Junction turn left and then right to get onto the Stratford on Avon Canal missing out 1 extra lock!
You now negotiate an uphill stretch of 18 locks- the Lapworth Flight which takes you up to Hockley Heath.
Packwood House, a National trust property is to the north of Bridge 31. It is a timber framed Tudor House dating from the late 16th century. Www.nationaltrust.org.uk
After lock 15 there is a nice pub -The Boot Inn .
At Hockley Heath, there is a pub and stores. Moor here for the night it is 4.5 hours to here.
At Kings Norton Junction, turn left, very soon you will go through Wast Hills Tunnel which at 2726 yards is one of the longest in the country!
Stop at Hopwood there is a pub here where you can have some refreshment, and either stop here for the night or carry on for another hour back to Alvechurch and spend the night there, as there is a pub in the marina.
It is 6.75 hours back to Alvechurch.
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.
Maps and Guides
Pubs available on this canal route:-
|Pub Name||Pub Address||Distance from Alvechurch||More Info|
|The Bulls Head||77 The Green, Kings Norton B38 8RU||4.52 Miles||Full Details|
NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.