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Dunhampstead Wharf.

Dunhampstead Wharf



Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 4 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 4.00 to 7.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 21.50 hours

Total Distance : 46.00 miles

Number of Locks : 36

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Please note that the River Severn locks may be closed mid week from November to mid March and operate on a booking system on other days,.. During the summer season please see the Canals & Rivers trust stoppages & restrictions page to see opening times of the locks on the Severn.
You will also need to buy an Avon Licence from the lock-keeper when entering the River Avon.

Turning south from the Wharf you do not have any locks until you get to the 6 Offerton locks at Tibberton.

Soon you are passing the outskirts of Worcester , there are moorings above the Commandery by Sidbury Bridge 3, or by Mill Street bridge 2 or Diglis Basin.

Close to Sidbury lock is the Commandery Civil war Centre, a museum devoted entirely to the story of the Civil War. The museum dates from the reign of Henry 8th and served as Charles 11's HQ before the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

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.

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

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.

From Diglis basin you enter the Diglis locks- 2 deep locks which take you out onto the River Severn. The locks are under the supervision of the lock-keeper, who should tell you whether it is alright to proceed onto the River Severn, but to make sure look out for the red, amber and green water level gauge to see if the Severn is in flood or not.

Once through the last lock turn left and you will begin your journey down to Tewkesbury. Cruising on the River is very different to the Canals, there is no continuous towpath and therefore no right to land and moor up as you please. The scenery is one of quiet water meadows & prolific bird life. Moor up only at recognised sites .

The River winds its way through lovely peaceful countryside passing delightful towns like Upton upon Severn, which is situated on the riverbank with various pubs close by. As Tewkesbury approaches, turn left just and moor at the Tewkesbury visitor moorings after passing through the Avon Lock junction. There is small charge payable to the lock keeper for moorings. You don't need to buy an Avon licence.

Time to explore the historic town of Tewkesbury with its many attractive & ancient buildings including of course, it's cathedral-like Abbey, which is reckoned to be one of the finest Norman churches in the Country. The abbey was completed about 1120, and is splendid both inside & out. Its magnificent and beautifully decorated tower stands at 130 feet high and 46 feet square, and is the largest Norman tower in existence.

The most unusual buildings in Tewkesbury are the row of medieval shops near the Abbey, in fact most of the medieval aspects & character of the town have survived to this day.
One of the more unusual aspects of the town is the maze of small alleyways leading off from the main street. There is a couple of museums, and the Tourist information office can tell you more about other attractions.

The Battle of Tewkesbury fought here in 1471 was the penultimate battle in the War of the Roses.

There are many pubs and hotels in Tewkesbury.


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)
Bluebell Canal Boat
Class : TR-Bluebell
(Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Forget-me-not Canal Boat
Class : TR-Forget-me-not
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Poppy Canal Boat
Class : TR-Poppy
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Sunflower Canal Boat
Class : TR-Sunflower
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Daisy Canal Boat
Class : TR-Daisy
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).


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