LAPWORTH FLIGHT FROM ALVECHURCH
You can do this route from :
Briefly heading north, then turning down on the Stratford Canal towards Stratford, this relaxing route involves no locks at all, so ideal for novices who don't want a city route but lovely peaceful scenery.
The views around the “Lapworth Flight” (of 18 locks) are stunning, and a leisurely walk along the canalside from the top lock allows you to take in the atmosphere without the effort of travelling through yourself!
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) (You will need to moor up at the Kings Norton Junction).
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 moor up & get refreshment at the nearby Wharf Inn. Tomorrow you can turn around just after Bridge 27.
It is 7 hours cruising 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 Information may become inaccurate or out of date.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 Crown Inn||Withybed Lane, Alvechurch B48 7SQ||Full Details|
|The Weighbridge||Scarfield Wharf, Alvechurch B48 7SQ||Full Details|
|The Hopwood House||Redditch Road, Alvechurch B48 7AB||1.86 Miles||Full Details|
|The Peacock Inn||Icknleld Street, Kings Norton B38 0EH||2.93 Miles||Full Details|
|The Bulls Head||The Green, Kings Norton B38 8RU||4.52 Miles||Full Details|
|The Navigation||Wharf Road, Kings Norton Birmingham B30 3LS||4.65 Miles||Full Details|
|The Wharf Inn||2390 Strattford Road, Hockley Heath B94 6QT||8.24 Miles||Full Details|
|The Punchbowl||Lapworth B94 6HR||10.20 Miles||Full Details|
|Tom O The Wood||Finwood Road, Rowington CV35 7DH||10.95 Miles||Full Details|
|The Navigation Inn||Old Warwick Road, Lapworth B94 6NA||10.64 Miles||Full Details|
|The Boot Inn||Old Warwick Road, Lapworth B94 6JU||10.02 Miles||Full Details|
NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.