DRAYTON MANOR FROM ALVECHURCH

 

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You can do this route from :
Alvechurch Marina

Cruise to Drayton Manor Theme park, and Tamworth's Snowdome taking in Birmingham's colourful Gas Street Basin
which is in the heart of Birmingham's canal network, and has been redeveloped into a unique experience where traditional narrow boats moor up next to cosmopolitan cafes and bars.

Amongst some of the attractions are the National Sea Life Centre and the Jewellery Quarter Discovery centre, also many fine Art galleries and over 500 restaurants offering every choice of food!
For shopping a visit to the new Bullring is a must, which covers an area the size of 26 football pitches and a has a huge range of shops.

Drayton Manor -The UK's best family theme park with kids rides, family fun, zoo, and thrill rollercoaster rides.

Snowdome in Tamworth -There is Skiing, snowboarding, Tobogganing, Ice-skating, swimming & Adrenaline Tubing!! All on real snow!

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Cruising Days : 7.00

Cruising Time : 32.00 hours

Total Distance : 52.00 miles

Number of Locks : 76

Number of Tunnels : 8

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

Once setting off from Alvechurch, you soon leave the traffic behind and cruise through lovely Worcestershire countryside to your 1st Tunnel at Wast Hills which at 2726 yards is one of the longest in the country!

For your 1st nights stop it is nice to cruise for an hour to Hopwood & then stop by Bridge 67 where there is a convenient pub- The Hopwood House, by the Canal.

Day 2

Continuing on through the Tunnel, for those with children you might want to stop at the visitor moorings at Bournville for Cadbury World, which is 1 mile north of the Kings Norton Junction (booking is advisable Tel. 0844 880 7667.).It is sign posted from the canal. There is an exhibition dedicated to the history of chocolate, audio visual displays, Victorian Birmingham & a Jungle to explore! Or catch it on the way back, see Day 10.

About 3 miles later you arrive at the Gas Street basin which is in the heart of Birmingham's canal network, and has been redeveloped into a unique experience where traditional narrow boats moor up next to cosmopolitan cafes and bars. The surrounding area is a vibrant arts & entertainment area and there are many shopping options within a short walk.

Amongst some of the attractions are the National Sea Life Centre and the Jewellery Quarter Discovery centre, also many fine Art galleries and over 500 restaurants offering every choice of food!
For shopping a visit to the new Bullring is a must, which covers an area the size of 26 football pitches and a has a huge range of shops.

Close by is the national Indoor Arena, one of the busiest large scale indoor sporting & entertainment venues in Europe.

Total cruising hours from Alvechurch to Gas Street basin is 4 hours.

Day 3

From the Gas Street basin, cruise up to the Deep cuttings Junction & turn right where you will soon encounter your first locks as you begin your descent from Birmingham, the flight of 13 locks at Farmers bridge.

You will only have time for a short breather before you get to the next flight- the 11 locks at Aston. (Do not turn right onto the Digibeth Branch just beforehand). Bear right at Salford Junction onto the Birmingham & Fazeley canal.

After the 3 locks at Minworth you will start seeing the countryside again, and if you stop at Curdworth there is a pub and a steak house, and you will have done 7 ¾ hours cruising to here.
If you want to press on there is a lovely pub at Bodymoor Heath by Cheatle's farm Bridge, about another 2 hours cruising, so 9 ¾ cruising in total.

Day 4

Cruise up the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, you will soon pass Drayton Manor -The UK's best family theme park with kids rides, family fun, zoo, and thrill rides. The entrance to the Theme park & Zoo is a short walk from here .

Featuring Stormforce 10 with a backward water drop, Maelstrom, Shockwave- Europes first stand up roller coaster, and the vertical drop -New for 2011 is Ben 10 Ultimate Mission the ride, Ben needs you to stop Vilgax from stealing the Omnitrix and the only way is to board the “Mecha Vehicle”, Good luck on your mission! . Adults & children will love the white knuckle rides, but the park has many family rides and a Thomas Land area for the younger children, and a Zoo to explore. The park is closed during November to March.

Total cruising time 1 ½ hours

If you are mooring up & spending the day here, it might be worth booking a session at the Snowdome in Tamworth & catching a bus or a taxi there for the evening. There is Skiing, snowboarding, Tobogganing, Ice-skating, swimming & Adrenaline Tubing!! All on real snow!

Day 5
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Day 7
Day 8
Cruise back to Alvechurch
Total Cruising time : 16 Hours

 

NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.

Boats

We have the following boats available to do this route

Alfred (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Barred Warbler (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Black Necked Grebe (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Brown Weaver (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Coscoroba Swan (Sleeps a maximum of 12 People).

Dusky Warbler (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Eagle Owl (Sleeps a maximum of 10 People).

Emperor Goose (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Fieldfare (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Golden Plover (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Great Owl (Sleeps a maximum of 10 People).

Herring Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Horned Lark (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Iceland Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Imperial Eagle (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Little Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Red Breasted Goose (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Rock Bunting (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Short Toed Eagle (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Whites Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Cape Parrot (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Cymbeline (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Easy Does It (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Much Ado (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Ophelia (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Outward Bound (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Rammy Line (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Maps and Guides

Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

  Pub Name Pub Address Distance from Alvechurch More Info
The Crown Inn Withybed Lane, Alvechurch B48 7SQ Full Details
The Weighbridge Scarfield Wharf, Alvechurch B48 7SQ Full Details
The Hopwood House Redditch Road, Alvechurch B48 7AB 1.86 Miles Full Details
The Peacock Inn Icknleld Street, Kings Norton B38 0EH 2.93 Miles Full Details
The Bulls Head The Green, Kings Norton B38 8RU 4.52 Miles Full Details
Garden House 160 Hagley Road, Edgbaston B16 9NX 8.75 Miles Full Details
The White Swan Harborne Road, Edgbaston B15 3TT 8.44 Miles Full Details
All Bar One Waters Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HL 9.41 Miles Full Details
Bar Epernay Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RQ 9.36 Miles Full Details
Pitcher And Piano The Waters Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HP 9.41 Miles Full Details
Tap And Spile Gas Street Basin, Birmingham B1 2JT 9.38 Miles Full Details
The Slug And Lettuce The Waters Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HL 9.41 Miles Full Details
The Barton Arms High Street, Aston B6 4UP 11.02 Miles Full Details
The Boat Inn The Boat Inn Old Kingsbury Road, Minworth B76 9AE 15.06 Miles Full Details
The Longwood The Longwood Deer Park Road, Fazeley B78 3QP 21.63 Miles Full Details
The Plough And Harrow The Plough And Harrow Atherstone Street, Fazeley B78 3RF 21.83 Miles Full Details
The Blue Lion Church Road, Atherstone CV9 3NA 24.67 Miles Full Details

NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.

 

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