If you are considering Barge Canal Holidays then you might want to try a cruise around the Stourport Ring. Along this route you can take in both canals and rivers, see both the countryside and the local industry and head into the centre of Birmingham to take in the redevelopment of the area.
One point to think about when you go on the canal breaks is the number of locks along your planned route. The Stourport Ring has a total of 118 locks, including the 36 which make up the Tardebigge Flight. The total distance of the route is 83 miles and it is estimated that the route can be easily sailed in a week.
Most people taking Barge Canal Holidays on the Stourport Ring will start in the Tardebigge area, which means that your cruise either begins or ends with the Tardebigge Flight. From there you can sail past Cadbury World and head into the centre of Birmingham. This is ideal if you want to have a night out or do some serious shopping. Further on you can visit the Black Country Museum which is located at Tipton or go to the Stuart Crystal glassworks.
You can connect to the Staffs and Worcester Canal, head into Kidderminster and then finally reach the town of Stourport. With a number of good pubs and plenty of shops you can easily spend all day there on the Barge Canal Holidays . Moving further on the ring connects with the River Severn into Worcester. Worcester has many attractions for visitors including the cathedral, the Royal Worcester porcelain factory and a museum which details the history of the city and the industry in the area. The route back to Tardebigge is mainly rural from this point and gives the sailor the chance to experience total peace and quiet as they make their way back.