WORCESTER TO STOURPORT OR KIDDERMINSTER

 

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Worcester Marina

The River Severn winds its way through the picturesque Worcestershire countryside, you leave the River Severn at Stourport on Severn & join the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.
This canal is one of the prettiest and most interesting waterways in England. The canal basins at Stourport are full of pretty moored boats.

The Severn Valley railway is a full-size standard-gauge railway line running regular steam-hauled passenger trains for the benefit of visitors and enthusiasts alike between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire, a distance of 16 miles. The train journey is full of interest, and you can disembark at Bewdley & take a trip to the safari park with it's free roaming giraffes, elephants & big cats. Bewdley is a magnificent small 17/18th century riverside town, & is well worth a visit.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Cruising Days : 4.00

Cruising Time : 18.50 hours

Total Distance : 37.00 miles

Number of Locks : 30

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

After leaving the Worcester Marina at Lowesmoor wharf & negotiating 2 locks, you will be ready for the last lock on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal before you reach the River Severn (turning right onto the Severn)

Continue up the River Severn leaving Worcester behind, and cruise through the lovely Worcestershire countryside. There are very few locks, but the Bevere lock is one of the prettiest.This is just over 2 hours cruising from Lowesmoor Wharf, so is an ideal place to moor up for your 1st night. There is a pub just before the lock- The Camp house Inn, or for a even smarter pub, cruise to Grimley and take the footpath to the village pub- the Wagon Wheel. Make sure you leave your ropes slack to allow for the tide.

Day 2

The River winds its way through the picturesque Worcestershire countryside, you leave the River Severn at Stourport on Severn & join the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.
This canal is one of the prettiest and most interesting waterways in England. The canal basins at Stourport are full of pretty moored boats, there are 2 entrances to the basins from the Severn one through Broad locks, and the second one through narrow locks which is the one you should take.

The locks are open 24 hrs, and form a staircase, the lock-keeper is usually around in case of difficulties. You should proceed to the eastern corner of the upper basins to join the Staffs & Worcs canal. There is a useful tea room & craft shop by the lock and temporary moorings.

You soon leave Stourport behind and approach Kidderminster with its smart new developments.
Cruise up towards Wolverley to turn around & then back to Kidderminster to moor up for the night.

If you have time take a look at Wolverley, which is north west of Bridge 20 (there is a turning point just beyond Bridge 21, or after bridge 18 if you do not want to stop at Wolverley). This is a fascinating village with a church standing on a sandstone rock so steep that it has to be approached by a zigzag path. many of the houses close by are partly carved from the rock, their dark back rooms actually caves.

In Kidderminster there are good moorings at Weavers wharf , with supermarkets & cafes nearby.

8 ½ Cruising hours to here from Bevere Lock.

Day 3

For those on a 3 night short break, retrace your steps back to Lowesmoor Wharf in Worcester, it is 8 ¾ hours cruising to there.
For those on a 4 night break- there is time to explore.

If time allows take a train ride on the Steam Railway. The Severn Valley railway is a full-size standard-gauge railway line running regular steam-hauled passenger trains for the benefit of visitors and enthusiasts alike between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire, a distance of 16 miles. The train journey is full of interest, for the route follows closely the meandering course of the River Severn for most of the way on its journey between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth. One highlight of the trip is the crossing of the River Severn by means of the Victoria Bridge - a massive 200-foot single span, high above the water which, incidentally, features in the film 'The Thirty-nine Steps' with Robert Powell in the leading role. There being few roads in the Severn Valley, some of the views are only visible from the Railway. The scenery is varied and largely unspoiled, punctuated by the quaint 'olde worlde' charm of country stations, each one giving ready access to local villages and riverside walks.

Why not disembark at Bewdley & take a trip to the safari park with it's free roaming giraffes, elephants & big cats. Bewdley is a magnificent small 17/18th century riverside town, & is well worth a visit.

Day 4
Day 5
After a day of sightseeing time to get you sea legs again, and cruise back down the Staffordshire worcestershire Canal, and the River Severn back to Worcester.

 

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

The following boats operate on this route (subject to availability)

Aquatic Warbler (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Ashes Lark (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Black Lark (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Canyon Wren (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Fredrik (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Garder (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Golden Eagle (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Gotrik (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Gustavus (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Horik (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Mandarin Duck (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Rock Dove (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Sigrid (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Sven (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

White Tailed Eagle (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Galah (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Holker End (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Jasper Too (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Lindal Iron Ore (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Naretha Blue (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Trimdon Grange (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Wisp Of The Water (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Maps and Guides

Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

  Pub Name Pub Address Distance from Worcester More Info
Bridge Inn Lowesmoor Terrace, Worcester WR1 2RX 0.12 Miles Full Details
Eagle Vaults Frair Street, Worcester WR1 2LZ 0.34 Miles Full Details
The Anchor Inn 54 Diglis Road, Worcester WR5 3BW 0.78 Miles Full Details
The Anchor Inn 54 Diglis Road, Worcester WR5 3BW 0.78 Miles Full Details
The Eagle Vaults Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2LZ 0.34 Miles Full Details
The Firefly 54 Lowesmoor, Worcester WR1 2SE 0.04 Miles Full Details
The Kings Head Inn 67 Sidbury, Worcester WR1 2HU 0.52 Miles Full Details
The Hampstall Inn Astley Burf, Stourport DY13 0RY 8.12 Miles Full Details
The Anchor Inn Cotheridge Lane, Eckington WR10 3BA 9.72 Miles Full Details
The Navigation Hanbury Road, Stoke Prior B60 4LB 9.58 Miles Full Details
The Angel Inn Severside, Stouport On Severn DY13 9EW 10.12 Miles Full Details
The Brinton Arms 75 Bewdley Road, Stouport DY13 8XX 10.92 Miles Full Details
The Old Beams Dunley Road, Stourport DY13 0AA 10.10 Miles Full Details
The Steps House 18 Gilgal, Stourport DY13 9AJ 10.42 Miles Full Details
Ye Olde Crown Inn Bridge Street, Stourport On Severn DY13 8XB 10.10 Miles Full Details
The Watermill Park Lane, Kidderminster DY11 6TL 12.89 Miles Full Details
The Lock Wolverley, Kidderminster DY10 3RN 14.91 Miles Full Details
The Anchor Inn Caunsall Road, Kidderminster DY11 5YH 15.93 Miles Full Details
The Queens Head Wolverley, Kidderminster DY11 5XB 15.09 Miles Full Details
The Old Bush The Old Bush High Street, Swindon DY3 4NR 21.95 Miles Full Details

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

 

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