1 Week Cruise50%
8 hours per day80%
The Warwickshire Ring canal boat holiday starts on the wide locks of the Grand Union Canal to the Hatton Flight and then continues into Birmingham, or you can divert at Kingswood via the North Stratford Canal through Kings Norton and onwards into the city.
The former route, through the Hatton Flight, is excellent for lovers of wildlife, as an area of twenty-one locks becomes a recreational corridor where you can see a variety of species.
The latter route allows you to explore Kings Norton, where you can visit a 13th century church and several medieval buildings. The town also has historic significance as the centre of Civil War skirmishes.
One you reach Birmingham you can explore England’s second largest city and discover a variety of attractions, from shops and bars to art galleries and exhibitions.
You can also take in the University, Botanical Gardens or Cadbury World, depending on your area of interest. The Botanical Gardens exhibits fifteen acres of nature and over 7000 plants, whilst Cadbury World is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. You can even play in chocolate rain.
Leaving the city via narrow canals to Fazeley, you return southwards past Coventry. Diversions into Coventry, Stratford Upon Avon, or onto the peaceful Ashby Canal should be considered, but don’t forget to allow extra time for this.
In Coventry you can go and see the remains of the 14th century cathedral, which was destroyed during World War II. The Herbert Art Gallery, Midland Air Museum and Coventry Transport Museum are also notable points of interest.
At the beautiful Stratford Upon Avon you can moor opposite the Theatre. The town is one of the UK’s most prominent cultural areas and was the birthplace of the playwright William Shakespeare – it is now home of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
If you fancy a more peaceful journey, head instead down the Ashby Canal for a calm cruise with lovely views.