1. BIRMINGHAM - STRATFORD
Weekend Break. Dep: 22 April
Traveling the full length of the Stratford Canal which maintains an individual charm
and personality. A town dedicated to William Shakespeare linked to a modern
bustling city. The cruise arrives in Stratford on the third day and there is a river trip
and a bus tour arranged for the last day of this break.
2. STRATFORD UPON AVON - WARWICK
Mid Week Break. Dep: 26 April 19 July
Combining the delights of Shakespeare’s birth place and the heritage of an historic
town by traversing the two different styles of canal.
3. WARWICK - BANBURY
Weekend Break Dep: 29 April
The trunk route of Britain's canal network, the picturesque Grand Union is the longest
single canal in Britain. The Grand Union Canal was once one of the busiest in the
country as the main route from London to the Midlands. This section passes through
the innovative modifications completed in the 1930’s before turning onto the
4. BANBURY – NEWBOLD, Rugby
Mid Week Break Dep: 3 May
A journey up the picturesque Oxford Canal meandering slowly through classic
scenery and over the section adopted by the Grand Union Canal improvements from
Napton to Braunston in the early 1930’s.
5. NEWBOLD, Rugby – BIRMINGHAM
Weekend Break Dep: 6 May
Starting on the Oxford canal the journey passes through an historic junction known to
working boatman as Sutton Stop and onto the Coventry Canal. The trip travels the
back waters of the Heart of England canals through industrial mining heritage to a
regenerated bustling city.
6. BIRMINGHAM - WORCESTER
Mid Week Break Dep: 12 July
An opportunity to travel the full length of the Worcester - Birmingham Canal. Starting
from the second city through urban to rural with memorable views over the Malvern
Hills and the unforgettable Tardebigge flight of locks, the longest in England.
6R WORCESTER - BIRMINGHAM
Mid Week Break Dep: 24 May 28 June 18 October
Travel the length of the Worcester - Birmingham Canal. Starting at a riverside
Cathedral city through rural scenery. Enjoy memorable views over the Malvern Hills
and the unforgettable Tardebigge flight of locks, the longest in England before
arriving in the second city.
7. WARWICK - BIRMINGHAM via Black Country Museum
Weekend Break Dep: 22 July
A cruise that starts with the Stairway to Heaven en-route to Birmingham on the
Grand Union Canal. A trip out to the Black Country Museum to view the industrial
heritage so closely linked to the development of the Midlands and then a return to the
centre of the second city.
8. WORCESTER - BIRMINGHAM via Droitwich
Weekend Break Dep: 7 June
Starting from the centre of the canal network in Gas Street Basin in the second city
it’s a journey along three canals to a town with a famous castle. Depart Birmingham
to Kings Norton Junction turning onto the Stratford canal through single locks to
Lapworth. Then cross to the Grand Union and descend the Stairway to Heaven and
9. WORCESTER - STRATFORD UPON AVON.
Weekend Break. Dep: 15 July
A tranquil cruise over two rivers. The Severn to Tewkesbury and then meandering up the Warwickshire Avon to Shakespeare Country finishing at Stratford upon Avon.
10. WARWICK - STOKE BRUERNE
Weekend Break Dep: 5 June 11 September
A tranquil cruise over two rivers. The Severn to Tewkesbury and then meandering up
the Warwickshire Avon to Shakespeare Country finishing at Stratford upon Avon.
11. STOKE BRUERNE - MARKET HARBOROUGH
Mid Week Break Dep: 14 June
Take a leisurely cruise from another village famous for canal memories, through
history with the Grand Union (Leicester section) canal and down the Foxton flight.
12. MARKET HARBOROUGH - SHARDLOW
Weekend Break. Dep: 17 June
The canal meanders its way through unspoilt rural surroundings, constantly changing
direction as it lazily motions you northwards, to the River Soar, once the most
profitable waterway in England. The Soar is also a tranquil, meandering river
navigation extending through Leicestershire to the junction with the River Trent which
leads off to Shardlow the start of the Trent & Mersey Canal.
13. SHARDLOW – GREAT HAYWOOD
Mid Week Break. Dep: 21 June
The Trent & Mersey Canal was the most ambitious plan to connect the principal
rivers of England. Its importance was recognised by its early name of the 'Grand
Trunk' Canal. It offers rural cruising through Derbyshire leading to Staffordshire
passing through the brewery town of Burton on Trent and an historical junction at
Fradley with a true boaters pub.
14. GREAT HAYWOOD - WORCESTER
Weekend Break. Dep: 20 May 24 June 14 October
Weekend Break. Dep: 20 May 24 June 14 October
A journey down the entire length of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal,
linking the River Trent and the Severn. Opened early in 1772 it was the vision of
James Brindley to make this canal part of the “The Grand Cross” linking his Trent &
Mersey with the River Severn. The canal skirts the Birmingham and Black Country
conurbation without ever becoming truly urban, making a delightful route through
sparse West Midlands countryside. Concluding with a short journey down a river
which was once a bustling trading artery.
15. BIRMINGHAM - GREAT HAYWOOD
Weekend Break Dep: 17 May 11 October
A contrast in Industrial Heritage balanced with travelling in rural surroundings over
the Coventry Canal to a famous junction on the Trent & Mersey canal. The cruise
finishes close to Shugborough Hall, home of Lord Lichfield.
2016 Exploratory Routes
A. BIRMINGHAM - NANTWICH
Weekend Break Dep: 9 September
Starting from an urbanised area to an area with a wealth of industrial heritage and the
original wide beam terminus of the Chester canal. The Wolverhampton 21 flight of
locks initiates the change in scenery from urban to rolling farmland and the route
travels across Shropshire farmlands and through an historic canal junction at Norbury,
towards the destination town of Nantwich.
B. NANTWICH – ELLESMERE
Midweek Break Dep: 13 September
Departing from a well know canal town travel through rural countryside and join one of
the most popular waterways in Europe, the Llangollen canal which boasts scenic
beauty and breathtaking engineering in equal measure. The cruise ends in a small but
well know canal destination.
C. ELLESMERE - LLANGOLLEN - WHITCHURCH
Weekend Break Dep: 16 September
Travel along the Llangollen canal through understated rural countryside and cross the
majesty of the Chirk and Pontcysyllte Aqueducts to a gem in the valley and a wellknown
canal destination. Spend the day exploring with a steam train ride and horse
drawn boat trip before starting the return journey. Re-crossing the aqueducts towards
another of the well-known canal side towns.
D. WHITCHURCH - NORBURY
Midweek Break Dep: 20 September
Travel from a landmark town on the picturesque Llangollen canal through Hurleston
junction and on through the Shropshire Countryside to the well-known location of an
historic canal junction with a small village atmosphere.
E. NORBURY - BIRMINGHAM
Weekend Break. Dep: 23 September
Depart from an Historic Junction on the “Shroppie” and experience the changing
scenery from rolling farmland to an urbanised area mixed with a wealth of industrial
heritage. A short journey along the Staffs and Worcs before turning back towards
Birmingham via the Stourbridge Canal and the Merry Hill shopping centre. The
modern mixed with industrial heritage of the working canals.