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One Week Cruises

Shropshire Union Canal
55 hours cruising (approx.)
86 locks
Cruise at your leisure through unspoilt countryside through picturesque villages and towns with the historic city of Chester or the boat museum at Ellesmere Port as your turning point, or Nantwich if you want a more leisurely week.
Staffs and Worcs (South)
28 hours cruising (approx.)
66 locks
Heading south from Autherley the canal passes through lovely Staffordshire countryside en route to the historic canal town of Stourport-on-Severn with an array of welcoming pubs and restaurants. A leisurely trip for novice boaters.

Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

Coverage within this Canal Companion include: River Severn (Worcester-Stourport); Staffs & Worcs Canal (Stourport to Great Haywood); BCN Main Line (Aldersley to Birmingham); Worcs & Birmingham Canal (Birmingham to Worcester); Birmingham & Fazeley Canal (Birmingham-Fazeley); Coventry Canal (Fazeley-Fradley); Trent and Mersey Canal (Fradley-Great Haywood); Stourbridge & Dudley Canals (Stourton-Netherton); BCN Northern Waters (Wolverhampton-Walsall-Brownhills).

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Stourport Ring
50 hours cruising (approx.)
118 locks
A very pleasant round trip with a little of everything in the way of scenery, with lots to see including Stourport, Worcester and Birmingham. Don't miss the Black Country Museum at Tipton or the Sea-Life Centre at Brindley Place.

Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

Coverage within this Canal Companion include: River Severn (Worcester-Stourport); Staffs & Worcs Canal (Stourport to Great Haywood); BCN Main Line (Aldersley to Birmingham); Worcs & Birmingham Canal (Birmingham to Worcester); Birmingham & Fazeley Canal (Birmingham-Fazeley); Coventry Canal (Fazeley-Fradley); Trent and Mersey Canal (Fradley-Great Haywood); Stourbridge & Dudley Canals (Stourton-Netherton); BCN Northern Waters (Wolverhampton-Walsall-Brownhills).

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Black Country Ring
39 hours cruising (approx.)
79 locks
Another round trip with a difference mixing Staffordshire countryside with the industry and activity of Birmingham. Plenty of time for visiting Drayton Manor Park, the Sea-Life Centre or Kingsbury Water Park

Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

Coverage within this Canal Companion include: River Severn (Worcester-Stourport); Staffs & Worcs Canal (Stourport to Great Haywood); BCN Main Line (Aldersley to Birmingham); Worcs & Birmingham Canal (Birmingham to Worcester); Birmingham & Fazeley Canal (Birmingham-Fazeley); Coventry Canal (Fazeley-Fradley); Trent and Mersey Canal (Fradley-Great Haywood); Stourbridge & Dudley Canals (Stourton-Netherton); BCN Northern Waters (Wolverhampton-Walsall-Brownhills).

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Four Counties Ring
55 hours cruising (approx.)
94 locks

Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

This Companion is the 9th edition of the perennially popular Four Counties Ring cruising circuit, but additionally features the whole of the Trent & Mersey Canal, the beautiful Caldon Canal and for the first time in this guide the curiously overlooked Weaver Navigation.

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Stourbridge Ring inc. Stourport
40 hours cruising (approx.)
93 locks
Cruise down to Stourport and back up the Stourbridge canal giving you the opportunity to see the Bonded Warehouse, Glassworks and Museum, and the Black Country Museum.

Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

Coverage within this Canal Companion include: River Severn (Worcester-Stourport); Staffs & Worcs Canal (Stourport to Great Haywood); BCN Main Line (Aldersley to Birmingham); Worcs & Birmingham Canal (Birmingham to Worcester); Birmingham & Fazeley Canal (Birmingham-Fazeley); Coventry Canal (Fazeley-Fradley); Trent and Mersey Canal (Fradley-Great Haywood); Stourbridge & Dudley Canals (Stourton-Netherton); BCN Northern Waters (Wolverhampton-Walsall-Brownhills).

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More information from Canal & River Trust

Why not plan your route in minute detail using canalplan.org.uk?

If you like technology then there is now a great canal map APP available for phones and tablets.
Why not download it and try it out? See https://opencanalmap.uk/