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Worcester Marina.

Worcester Marina



Start from the historic city of Worcester with its glorious Cathedral and cruise through the Worcestershire countryside passing small vilages and Canalside pubs.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 3 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 4.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 15.00 hours

Total Distance : 22.00 miles

Number of Locks : 38

Number of Tunnels : 2

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

After you have had the tuition it is worth just having an walk around Worcester & then set off tomorrow after a good nights sleep. You can leave the boat moored up in the marina if you speak to the marina staff.

From the Wharf you can walk into the city centre of Worcester, with its splendid cathedral dating from 1074, & museums, art galleries and half timbered buildings. The museum at the Royal Worcester Porcelain works is well worth a visit, as it contains the most comprehensive collection of Worcester Porcelain in the world.

There are many bars, pubs and restaurants and take-aways around Worcester, and plenty of shops to stock up on supplies, or for a little retail therapy.

Day 2

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

You pass the small village of Tibberton which is about 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, just beyond bridge 38 are the start of the six locks of the Astwood Flight.

There is a footpath leading south east from lock 17 that leads to the national trust property of Hanbury Hall -a red brick house built in 1701 in the style of William & Mary, which remains largely unaltered to the present day.

After the Astwood locks you will soon approach Stoke Prior & Stoke Wharf, after bridge 44 go through Stoke Bottom Lock & then moor up, because you will be turning here tomorrow to set off on your return journey.

The Navigation is a nice pub to have a meal or a drink, and is just by Stoke Wharf.
It is 9 ½ cruising hours to here.

Day 3
Day 4
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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.


The following boats operate on this route (subject to availability)

Maps and Guides

Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

  Pub Name Pub Address Distance from Worcester More Info
Bridge Inn Lowesmoor Terrace, Worcester WR1 2RX 0.12 Miles Full Details
Eagle Vaults Frair Street, Worcester WR1 2LZ 0.34 Miles Full Details
The Anchor Inn 54 Diglis Road, Worcester WR5 3BW 0.78 Miles Full Details
The Anchor Inn 54 Diglis Road, Worcester WR5 3BW 0.78 Miles Full Details
The Eagle Vaults Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2LZ 0.34 Miles Full Details
The Firefly 54 Lowesmoor, Worcester WR1 2SE 0.04 Miles Full Details
The Kings Head Inn 67 Sidbury, Worcester WR1 2HU 0.52 Miles Full Details
Speed The Plough Plough Road, Droitwich WR9 7NQ 3.76 Miles Full Details
The Fir Tree Inn Trench Lane, Droitwich WR9 7JX 5.05 Miles Full Details
Boat And Railway Inn Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove B60 4EQ 8.71 Miles Full Details
Ewe And Lamb Hanbury Road, Bromsgrove B60 4DN 9.76 Miles Full Details

NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.


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