Places to See

The Stourport Ring

The Stourport Ring is one of the most popular circular routes and is ideal for newcomers, several miles being covered before the need to tackle your first lock. Dropping down through the Worcestershire countryside you are soon in the historic, cathedral city of Worcester with all its land based attractions.

Through the two locks and down onto the River Severn turning upstream for the three and a half hour passage up to Stourport, where you glide back into the world of canals. On to Tipton, home of the fascinating ‘Black Country Museum‘, a reconstruction of Victorian streets, workshops, collieries, foundries and boat docks, with an old time fair and working tramway.

Further on and into the very centre of Birmingham the city that boasts more canals than Venice. With the recent huge investment in the waterfront it is now a delight to visit. Out of Birmingham throught the city sprawl, through Wasthill Tunnel (over 2700 yards) and back into the countryside. And now the Tardebigge Flight, the canal boaters ride of passage

You arrive back at your home port of Dunhampstead full of tales of your adventures and daring, of your own personal circumnavigation of the Stourport Ring.

The Droitwich Canals Restoration – Now Fully Open!

The project has restored 12km of waterway linking the Droitwich Canals to the River Severn at Hawford and the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at Droitwich. This included the restoration of

  • 12 locks and the construction of 4 new locks
  • 1km of new cut & 500m is canalised river
  • 1 major bridge construction under the A449
  • Creation of offline reedbed to replace those removed from the channel

The project has re-linked the Junction Canal and the Barge Canal, a navigation that was officially abandoned in 1939. This has created a 21 mile cruising ring that will also take in the Worcester and Birmingham Canal and River Severn.

We hope you find the following links provide useful information about what is going on….