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Hill Farm Marina, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Hill Farm Marina, Stratford-upon-Avon



Travel from Shakespeare's birthplace through lovely villages and beautiful countryside, and England's longest aqueduct! This short cruise will allow time to visit Stratford upon Avon as well as giving you a cruise with some locks and English Countryside.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 3 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 4.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 9.00 hours

Total Distance : 12.00 miles

Number of Locks : 26

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 2

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Day 1

You may decide to spend your first or last night exploring Stratford on Avon itself, this beautiful medieval market town is the 16th century birthplace of William Shakespeare.

If you do you can stay at the base which is within walking distance of the town, from here you can visit the many pubs, shops and restaurants that the town has to offer, as well of course as the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried, and the house where he was born as well as Anne Hathaway's cottage.

Day 2

Your cruise today will take you through the quiet stretches of the Stratford Canal to the small village of Wootton Wawen.

There will be lots of locks today so have a hearty breakfast!

After your first lock at Bishopton, there are the 11 Wilmcote locks to negotiate , but the countryside is pleasant, so take your time.

The small and attractive village of Wilmcote is west of bridge 59 and has a couple of pubs- The Mary Arden Inn and The Masons Arms, the village is also home to Mary Ardens house , mother of William Shakespeare, but it is now known that she actually lived 300 yards away at Glebe Farm, but still worth a visit as it incorporates a museum of rural bygones and is furnished as the home of a yeoman farmer in Shakespeare's time.

Cruising on you soon reach Edstone aqueduct 475 feet (200 yards) in length- the longest aqueduct in England .

Wootton Wawen basin is a popular halt with boaters because of the nearby pub- the Navigation Inn, farm shop and craft centre. Nearby just west of the aqueduct towards the village is Yew tree farm, & Craft centre a collection of 14 business and cafes ranging from clothing to antiques to speciality teas.

The village has many timbered houses and a glorious Saxon church which dates from 1035, most of the tower and walls survive from that time, with many later additions from the 14 and 15th centuries.

It is 4.5 hours to here.

Day 3

Turn around just after Bridge 53 and cruise the 4.5 hours back to the marina.


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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