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Cruises for 2017 - Click any Cruise Title below chart to see Route Details





2017 Cruises

1.BIRMINGHAM to GREAT HAYWOOD
Weekend Break Starts: 2nd May; 3rd October
A choice of two routes for this cruise but both contrast Industrial Heritage with travelling in rural surroundings towards a famous junction on the Trent & Mersey canal. The cruise finishes close to Shugborough Hall, home of Lord Lichfield.

2.GREAT HAYWOOD to STOURPORT on SEVERN
Mid-Week Break Starts: 5th May; 9th 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.

3.STOURPORT on SEVERN to BIRMINGHAM
Weekend Break Starts: 9th May; 10th October
Turning away from the river a journey up the Staffs and Worcs canal in pleasant scenery before turning towards Birmingham via the Stourbridge Canal, Dudley and the Merry Hill shopping centre. The modern mixed with industrial heritage of the working canals.

4.BIRMINGHAM to WARWICK
Mid-Week Break Starts: 6th June; 11th July; 5th September
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 our destination.

5.WARWICK to BANBURY
Weekend Break Starts: 9th June; 8th September
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 picturesque Oxford Canal which meanders slowly through classic scenery.

6.BANBURY to NEWBOLD, Rugby
Mid-Week Break Starts: 13th June; 12th September
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.

7.NEWBOLD, Rugby to SNARESTONE
Weekend Break Starts: 16th June; 15th September
A study of Coventry and the complete length of the Ashby Canal. Once bustling with narrowboats carrying coal, this surprising rural cruise then passes quietly by spoil heaps that are today swathed in greenery on the way to the current end of the Ashby Canal. Steeped in history, this beautiful, tranquil canal gives the opportunity to visit the historic scene of the Battle of Bosworth. It meanders through a very level, rural environment - therefore no locks were ever needed.

8.SNARESTONE to HAWKESBURY (Coventry)
Mid-Week Break Starts: 20th June; 19th September
A surprisingly rural cruise. Steeped in history, this beautiful, tranquil canal gives the opportunity to visit the historic scene of the Battle of Bosworth. It meanders through a very level, rural environment - therefore no locks were ever needed. Leaving the Ashby Canal the cruise passes quietly by spoil heaps that are today swathed in greenery on the way to Coventry”™s attractive terminus basin.

9.HAWKESBURY (Coventry) to BIRMINGHAM
Weekend Break Starts: 23rd June; 22nd September
Starting at an historic junction known to working boatman as Sutton Stop on the Coventry Canal the trip travels the back waters of the Heart of England canals through industrial mining heritage to a regenerated bustling city.

10.WARWICK to STOKE BRUERNE
Weekend Break Starts: 14th July
Travel down the Grand Union through Braunston the home of English canals from the section of canal modernised in the 1930”™s to the original double locks finishing at another famous canal village.

11.STOKE BRUERNE to MARKET HARBOROUGH
Mid-Week Break Starts: 18th July
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. It is then a short tipr to the destination.

12.MARKET HARBOROUGH to WARWICK
Weekend Break Starts: 21st July
Foxton Locks are a short journey from the starting point and an impressive way to rise beside the site of the inclined plane. Cruising leisurely through history with the Grand Union (Leicester section) canal and skirting central towns the trip wends its way through picturesque scenery and canal heritage. Then continuing through the village of Braunston, known for its canal connections, it is onwards towards the castle town of Warwick.

13.WARWICK – BIRMINGHAM
Mid-Week Break Starts: 25th July
A cruise that starts with the Stairway to Heaven en-route to Birmingham on the Grand Union Canal. the industrial heritage so closely linked to the development of the Midlands and then a return to the centre of the second city.

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.



Bed & Breakfast in Birmingham

Hotelboat Bed & Breakfast is offered under the name Away2stay during the winter months (October to April) and in the summer in August. Other dates are subject to availability and the cruising schedule.

Moored in Gas Street Basin the Hotelboat is a short walk away from the latest shopping opportunities and entertainment and is among a variety of canal side amenities. There is also the opportunity to take a short canal tour on one of the trip boats or perhaps a longer dining cruise on one of our other boats or just people watch along the canal side - the choice is yours. See www.theawaygroup.co.uk for ideas on how to spend your time in Birmingham.

For further information please ring 0121 647 7151 or email enquiries@away4awhile.co.uk

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