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.
Travelling north from Weedon along the North Oxford.
Coventry and Trent & Mersey canals there are
relatively few locks, so good progress can be made.
Turning left at Great Haywood, Tixall Wide is a nice
mooring Place; this is a lake through which the canal
passes in the grounds of Shugborough Hall, home of the
Earl of Lichfield. On to Autherley junction. This is
rather built up area so It is better to travel on to
Brewood, a beautifully quite village. The Shropshire
Union Canal is well known for its deep wooded cuttings and high
embankments. Carry straight on past the junction with the
Llangollen canal and turn right to Middlewich with its
salt works. Travel south through the one and three
quarter mile long Harecastle tunnel - this tunnel is only
one-way at a time, so delays here can be expected. The
tunnel keeper will tell you when you can enter.
Harecastle tunnel is an eerie place with reddy brown
water at one end and clear at the other. It is reputed to
be haunted by a ghost called Kit Crewbucket! (not
recommended for the faint hearted). Having survived
Harecastle tunnel, travel on south through the Potteries,
rejoining your outward track at Great Haywood.
263 miles - 166 locks -
3 tunnels - 9 hrs per day navigating (a busy two weeks).
This two week Shropshire Union Cruise can be nicely
extended into three weeks to include the Llangollen Canal
with its two spectacular aqueducts. You would then cover
353 miles' - 206 locks -
4 tunnels and 2 aqueducts; 7 3/4 hours a day navigating
(a comfortable three weeks).
Places of interest for this route