When you choose to come away on the canal network in this region you will come across some of the most beautiful countryside. Worcestershire is famed for its diverse countryside and you will pass by natural wildlife habitats, green fields and pastures, woodlands and areas of outstanding natural beauty. One of the best aspects of the Boating breaks in Worcestershire is the fact you can stop off and enjoy this countryside anytime you like, and much of the areas the canals pass through will be quiet and undiscovered by everyday walkers and holidaymakers.
The Worcestershire and Birmingham Canal is a link between Birmingham and Worcester and along the way you will pass by other notable towns including Hanbury, Tardebigge and Bournville. Along the way you will find the countryside is very pleasant and you have rolling fields, beautiful woodlands and hilly ridges to admire. If you decide to travel the full length of the canal then you will come across four tunnels and the longest of all these tunnels is just under 2 miles in length and is at Kings Norton.
You have some very notable places you might like to stop off and spend some time and one of the most popular is the Cadburys Chocolate Factory at Bournville and going back some time the canal was the way the factory received all the raw materials to make the chocolate. Another popular stopping point is Hanbury and you can spend some time exploring Hanbury Hall. Of course if you are travelling towards Worcester then you will have plenty to admire when you reach the city and above all is the Cathedral.
The Boating Breaks in Worcestershire are great fun and if you are looking for a lock free journey then this may not be the route for you. Overall along the entire length of the Worcestershire and Birmingham canal you will find 58 locks and the overall climb is a staggering 428 feet from the river level of the Severn. Tardebigge is somewhere that can take some time to get through and here alone there are 30 locks to negotiate, the good news is they are fast filling, the bad news is even if you work at pace it will take you an entire morning to get through them.
Check Out the Excellent Boatyards
There are plenty of starting points for your boating breaks in Worcestershire and we have pin pointed three marinas that you might like to check out. Some further details of these can be found below:-
This is an attractive marina that has plenty of canal boats for hire and lots of facilities. You will find the marina on the outskirts of the village and on site as well as the boats there is a shop that sells spares for boats, canal maps and guides and much more. From this location you can head off and cruise towards Birmingham, or why not take a detour to Statford or head off South towards Worcester.
This is a lovely place to start your boating holiday or short break. The boatyard is set within stunning rural countryside and has a wide choice of canal boats to suite all levels of boating experience.
From this central point you can discover much of the West Midlands and the beautiful surrounding areas and will have a choice of boats that can sleep varying numbers of people.
Brook Line Narrowboats
This is a family run boatyard and you can start your boating holiday in a stunning rural location just eight miles north of Worcester. The staff at the boatyard are friendly and will provide you with expert guidance to ensure you feel confident with the canal boat when you leave on your holiday or break. There are ten lovely boats available and each one has everything you could need to ensure you have a comfortable and fun time away.