1 Week Cruise
6 hours per day
Starting at the Black Prince Stoke Prior base you’ll enjoy a scenic start to your cruise, heading south on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal towards Worcester.
This is a fairly quiet and tranquil route through traditional English countryside, with a mix of small towns and villages that you will cruise through.
Your first flight of locks is at Astwood, a total of six locks, this is located within shouting distance of Hanbury and Hanbury Hall, a National Trust country house and garden.
At the Droitwich Junction you’ll head south, continuing on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal past Hammonds Bridge and towards the Dunhampstead Tunnel, 230 yards long. This area again is very peaceful and scenic, a surrounding of farmland and grazing sheep, giving you a feeling of stepping back in time to a more relaxed era.
There are many locks between the tunnel and Worcester, so this proves to be an active break. You’ll be navigating your way through the five locks at Offerton and a few just past Blackpole before arriving in Worcester.
Worcester is worth a quick visit if you have the time. This small city dates back to pre-Roman times as it was an important trade route but the main city of Worcester was founded by the Romans about 50 AD and continued to flourish in the middle ages, through medieval times to the present day.
Interesting places to visit includes the Cathedral, Greyfriars House and garden, the Tudor House and the Museum of Royal Worcester. It’s a handy little town for stocking up on supplies and a quick drink at a pub if you’re so inclined.
You will then turn at Worcester and return along the same route.