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Neil Ryan

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  1. we had originally planned on the Avon ring but were swayed to the Stourport ring due to the length of time and number of locks. The other factor was the amount of time on RIvers and that chance that they may be closed due to flooding which would affect our group. We actually will have the boats for 10 nights/11 days. Is the Avon ring a hard stretch in 10 days? What would be the most scenic?
  2. Thanks JP that looks awesome and a fantastic start to our planning process. I just downloaded a nice map and will start filling in. Also ordered the Pearson's guide. Might have to meet for a pint at the Queens Head? NR
  3. I live about a 5 minute walk from said seals! They are very fat...
  4. We all live in Victoria BC, which many people consider more English than England. We even have double decker buses, cricket pitches and marmite. We are also the craft beer capital so lots of great local pints to choose from. However, it is not cheap. In a local pub you would expect to pay $8-9 for a pint which is right around 5 pounds.
  5. Thanks again for all the info! I think we are going to have to change our plans and just call it a pub trip rather than a boat trip!! I really appreciate all of the response and suggestions. I think for our group the clockwise rotation definitely makes sense, for a number of reasons. I think if we can get through the top lock on the first afternoon then we really are not in a rush to get through and by the time we get to the bottom we will be seasoned lock users (not really). There are three couples in our group who have been on the canals so we do have a bit of an idea. Hopefully on our walk down to the Queens Head we will have a chance to see them in action as well and get a good idea. As for the walk down to the Pub: we are all avid hikers/bikers/skiers who live on a small Island on the West Coast of Canada so walking is very much a way of life. I don't think a 2 mile walk is that big of an issue and with the late day I think it will be a perfect cure for the jet lag. I am going to print of a large map of the ring and start plugging in the pubs (and maybe a couple of other things to see if we have time???) We are also pretty early risers (especially with the jet lag) I could see us being ready to start motoring by 6:30 or 7 (sunrise is at 4:42) on that second morning to tackle the Tardebigge. Is there a time that the locks are not open or is there early morning etiquette that we should be aware of whether it be other boats or those living near the canals.
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  7. Wow, that is awesome JP. I think you should join us on the trip! I think I need to find a good map and start plotting these places down. Thanks again for all your help.
  8. Thanks for the info. That was well worth the read!
  9. Thanks for all of the input on my last post. Would love to compile a list of the can't miss pub/restaurants on the Stourport Ring. We are going to travel clockwise for 10 days out of Alvechurch. If they are also places to moor for the night that would be awesome as well.
  10. Wow, glad to see that canal boat forums have the same passion as classic Porsche forums. Honestly, I really appreciate all of the input. As you can imagine it is very hard to plan for 16 people, 6000 miles away. I think we have decided to head clock-wise and tackle the locks first. I think that might be less life threatening for a group of 50 year olds than saving for the last day.
  11. I like the Captain's plan to stop at Tardebigge and walk down the locks to the Queen's Head. Be great to get a view of the locks and see how it's done. Maybe even practice going in and out with one if its not busy.
  12. Maybe a great place for our first evening before tackling the locks in the morning! Thanks for the advice NR
  13. So could we realistically head down the flight until we've had enough and then moor for the night or are you required to pass through all of the Tardebigge locks at once? If we are not leaving Alvechurch until 3, how far could we get in 2-3 hours? Thanks for your help
  14. I appreciate the comment about not waiting. Great advice. I did watch a 24 minute condensed version of the trip and there seemed like lots of places where cruising together was more of an option. Also stopping for lunch. My biggest concern right now is selecting places to stop for the night each evening. Our goal is to not cook the evening meal so finding a place to eat each evening would be awesome. I guess with the late evening it would be possible to do some traveling after dinner if needed.
  15. HI there, thanks for letting me join the group. We have a group of 16 (4 boats of 4) traveling on the Stourport Ring in the first week of July. We are leaving out of the Alvechurch and have planned for ten days. I have tried to search for an itinerary but could not find one. I know there are lots of options but I was wondering if someone has a good starting point for an itinerary. I would be most interested in locations to stop for the evening (preferably within walking distance to a nice pub or similar). Which direction would you recommend? Thanks for any other feedback.
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