See historic towns
Kennet Avon Canal
Take a canal boat
Take canal locks
up and down hills
Stop at peaceful
pubs and villages
Four Counties Ring
Base 38 is situated in a lovely spot close to both the M5 and M42 at the bottom of the Tardebigge flight of locks. It is a base of contrasts, with routes taking in the rivers Severn and Avon, as well as a number of different canals. It covers beautiful countryside as well as such cities as Birmingham and Worcester.
Several rings can be completed from here, with the Stourport Ring being the most popular, as well as a large number of other routes.
The base is run by a leading boat operator whose boats are amongst the newest on the canals.
Worcester and Return: 44 locks 16 hours
Travel through rural Worcestershire to the city of Worcester, and perhaps extend the cruise up the River Severn to Stourport (add 8 hours)
Stourport Ring: 74 miles 118 locks 48 hours
Leaving the base ascend the Tardebigge flight, after which there is lock free cruising to Birmingham's Gas Street Basin and the International Convention Centre via the very pleasant University, Botanical Gardens and Cadbury World. Cutting through Netherton Tunnel to Merry Hill and the Staffordshire & Worcestershire canal you encounter some beautiful countryside leading to the Severn at Stourport. At Worcester you leave the Severn and climb gently back to base through open countryside.
Stourton and Return: 84 miles 82 locks 35 hours
Travel south to Worcester then up the River Severn for 13 miles to Stouport on Severn. Here join the Staff and Worcs Canal through beautiful canal scenery to Stourton before returning.
Avon Ring: 109 miles, 130 locks 58 hours
Starting up the Tardebigge flight, you join the North Stratford Canal at Kings Norton and on to the South Stratford Canal, where the canal character changes with split bridges and 'barrel-roofed' cottages. At Stratford you can moor opposite the theatre before joining the River Avon. The Avon meanders down to Tewkesbury, through Evesham, where you join the River Severn for a short trip up to Worcester, before returning home. Time spent on the River Avon costs an extra license fee, which is payable on the River.
Warwickshire Ring: 128 miles 190 locks 130 hours
Up the Tardebigge flight to the North Stratford at Kings Norton you continue to the Grand Union. Travelling south, you progress through the Hatton flight, via Warwick and Leamington Spa to Napton and Braunston. From Braunston, you travel the North Oxford and Coventry Canals to Fazeley, and then head into the centre of Birmingham via Farmers Bridge Locks. Home down the Worcester and Birmingham via Tardebigge. A more strenuous fortnight.