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.
Active route: The Stourport ring 84 miles, 118 locks, 50.5 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 through 3 long tunnels and to Gas Street Basin in central Birmingham.
Gas Street Basin is close to the International Convention Centre, National Sealife Centre, and Brindley Place.