Grand Union South
River Thames Ring
Shropshire Union Cruise
Warwick & Leamington
shown beside the routes are firstly the number of
miles. Secondly the number of locks and finally
the approximate number of hours needed to
navigate between places marked.
Upper and lower Avon Ring licences are payable by crews at
Tewkesbury and Evesham locks.
Travelling north via Braunston, Napton and Kingswood
Junction you join the North Stratford Canal to Kings
Norton, past Alvechurch and down the notorious Tardebigge
flight of 30 locks. On to the River Severn at Worcester,
there are very few mooring places between Worcester and
Tewkesbury. Be careful not to overshoot the turning by
Healings Mill at Tewkesbury. Head on up the lower and
upper Avon to Stratford where you can moor in the basin
outside the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. The southern
Stratford Canal with its barrel-roofed cottages is very
shallow and slow going. On reaching Kingswood Junction
you retrace your outward track to Weedon.
180 miles - 249 locks -
6 tunnels - 2 aqueducts - 8 hours per day navigating (a
busy two weeks).
A variation of the Avon Ring would be to travel north via
the North Oxford and Coventry Canals to Great Heywood.
Travel the full length of the Staffs & Worcester
Canal to Stourport, then down the River Severn to
Worcester where you can join the Avon Ring.
243 miles - 196 locks -
9 hours per day navigating (a busy two weeks !)
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