Dunhampstead is an ideal starting point for multiple routes, suited to novices and experienced boaters alike. Visit the cities of Birmingham & Worcester, or if you have more time to spare, why not try one of the ring routes.
A great choice for an active holiday, with friends and family groups.
The sample routes below are merely suggestions. The age and nature of our unique waterways means that there may occasionally be a need for planned or emergency restrictions or closures and therefore it cannot be guaranteed that every route will always be available.
Short Break Route Suggestions
Relaxed route: Worcester and return – 15miles, 32 locks 12.5 hours total
Simply cruise to the lovely city of Worcester and return along the same route, makes for a great weekend break or a more leisurely mid-week break. Worcester is home to Worcester Porcelain, a 500 year old Tuder House, the City Art Gallery, and of course Worcester Cathedral.
Intermediate route: The Droitwich Ring – 20 miles, 33 locks 14 hours total
Best suited to a mid-week break. (or active weekend) Leave Dunhampstead Wharf and head up the Worcester & Birmingham canal to Hanbury Junction and the Hanbury flight of locks, reaching Droitwich on the first evening. Continue west on the Droitwich canal and the Droitwich Barge canal towards Hawford Junction and down the River Severn. Come off the Severn at Worcester and back up the Worcester & Birmingham canal to Dunhampstead Wharf. This route includes
4 tunnels and numerous locks.
Weekly Route Suggestions
Relaxed route: Pershore and return – 73 miles, 40 locks 31 hours total
Head south on the Worcester & Birmingham canal to Worcester, then downstream on the River Severn for 16 miles and through 1 lock to historic Tewksbury. Turn off the Severn and up through Avon lock onto the River Avon*, there are plenty of visitor moorings close by, within easy reach of the High Street, with shops, pubs, museums, resturants, etc.
Tewksbury Abbey is also rather impressive. From Tewksbury continue on the River Avon to Pershore- a busy market town with fine Georgian buildings. Turn here for you journey back to Dunhampstead Wharf. Places to explore enroute include the Cathedral city of Worcester, and Upton upon Severn which is host to many festivals and collectors markets.
* You will need to purchase a River Avon license at Avon lock.
Easy route: Stourton and return 76 miles 85 locks 50 hours
This week long cruise takes a leisurely route form Dunhampstead to Stourton passing through some of the most beautiful lengths of canal in the country.
Firstly, you travel south to Worcester, a city of great historical significance, where you join the River Severn, you turn upstream passing the cathedral, you will stay on the Severn for the next 13 miles, there are 3 manned river locks on the journey to Stourport, which is a Georgian town in the heart of the Severn Valley.After spending time in Stourport, you join the Staffordshire & Worcester Canal. On the journey to Stourton, you will pass the Cookley and Kinver areas, which make up some of the most beautiful stretches of canal in the country. The main attraction in Stourton is its Castle.
Active route: The Stourport ring 76 miles, 105 locks, 50 hours total
Leaving Dunhampstead and heading north head up to Tardibigge where you encounter the Tardibigge flight of 30 locks, after which there is lock free cruising to Gas Street Basin in central Birmingham.
Gas Street Basin is close to the International Convention Centre, National Sealife Centre, and Brindley Place. After leaving Birmingham cut through Netherton tunnel to Merry Hill and the Staffs&Worc’s canal, and on to Stourton, kinver, and Cookley,which make up one of the most beautiful lengths of canal in the country.This canal leads to the River Severn at Stourport, and then on to Worcester where you leave the Severn and head back to Dunhampstead.