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Myself and "she who must be obeyed" are planning our annual narrow boat holiday and would like some help with the route. Firstly it mus'nt have to many locks, and we want to visit Worcester, also we have have to hire the boat from Alvechurch Boats (Tesco Deals Tokens are paying for it). So really its all about marina choice. We have 6 1/2 days to fill.

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Myself and "she who must be obeyed" are planning our annual narrow boat holiday and would like some help with the route. Firstly it mus'nt have to many locks, and we want to visit Worcester, also we have have to hire the boat from Alvechurch Boats (Tesco Deals Tokens are paying for it). So really its all about marina choice. We have 6 1/2 days to fill.

 

Well, if you hire from Alvechurch near Birmingham, and you want to go to Worcester, then you have to go through the Tardebigge flight no matter what.

 

Richard

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Well, if you hire from Alvechurch near Birmingham, and you want to go to Worcester, then you have to go through the Tardebigge flight no matter what.

 

Richard

 

As far as i can see, the only "Alvechurch" base within a week's run from Worcester is Alvechurch itself - and that would involve 58 locks - EACH WAY! There is a railway station at Alvechurch - perhaps you could visit Worcester by train! :lol:

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Myself and "she who must be obeyed" are planning our annual narrow boat holiday and would like some help with the route. Firstly it mus'nt have to many locks, and we want to visit Worcester, also we have have to hire the boat from Alvechurch Boats (Tesco Deals Tokens are paying for it). So really its all about marina choice. We have 6 1/2 days to fill.

 

Viking Afloat in Worcester are part of the Alvechurch group, you could just potter up and down the River Severn, Avon and Gloucester & Sharpness for a week!

 

Tim

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Having looked at their bases I'd have to agree, the only Alvechurch base with worcester within striking distance is ,erm, Alvechurch, which is 56 locks each way!

 

For very low lock count Try the Anderton Base, and don't dismiss the Weaver. Chester from there is 19 locks each way. Gayton Offers some low lockage routes like north on the Oxford, or Market Harborough. Or go for Possidge and Scotch Whiskey with their Falkirk base, Edinburvh and back 3 locks (all manned) and one wheel!

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Viking Afloat in Worcester are part of the Alvechurch group, you could just potter up and down the River Severn, Avon and Gloucester & Sharpness for a week!

 

Tim

 

If you can use your vouchers with Viking that's ideal. You could even come and seek out the Gloucester and Sharpness!

 

No don't, the G and S is horrible, flat, boring, unfriendly people, bad pubs, foul beer, rotten food... Nowhere to moor... :lol:

 

 

not true but it's undercrowded and our boats there :lol:

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Well, if you hire from Alvechurch near Birmingham, and you want to go to Worcester, then you have to go through the Tardebigge flight no matter what.

 

Richard

 

Nah, crane it out, start at Black Prince at Stoke Prior, saves half the hard work :lol:

 

There're cranes at both ends of the trip so no hassle with hiring them and it'll save a day or two for coming up the 21 at Wolverhampton...

 

Locks are just a PITA with no place on a well contructed canal system, best to avoid as many as possible at all feasible cost...

 

:lol:

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Myself and "she who must be obeyed" are planning our annual narrow boat holiday and would like some help with the route. Firstly it mus'nt have to many locks, and we want to visit Worcester, also we have have to hire the boat from Alvechurch Boats (Tesco Deals Tokens are paying for it). So really its all about marina choice. We have 6 1/2 days to fill.

If you can swallow the fact that you have 112 locks on the round trip from Alvechurch, it is a good trip to make and 6.5 days shouldn't be too strenuous. You have a very pleasant, mostly rural, cruise ahead of you perhaps stopping off at Hanbury Wharf for a brilliant (and cheap) lunch at the Eagle & Sun and a pint at The Bridge in Tibberton before getting to Worcester. There are plenty of visitor moorings in the basin and you are only a short walk up the towpath from Worcester centre. If time allows, you could venture onto the river but there is plenty of turning space at the basin. Enjoy!

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Nah, crane it out, start at Black Prince at Stoke Prior, saves half the hard work :lol:

 

There're cranes at both ends of the trip so no hassle with hiring them and it'll save a day or two for coming up the 21 at Wolverhampton...

 

Locks are just a PITA with no place on a well contructed canal system, best to avoid as many as possible at all feasible cost...

 

:lol:

 

cant see the crane taking tesco vouchers :lol:

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Trying to start the next controversial thread Smelly? :lol:

 

Locks are good... the more, the deeper the better :lol:

 

Thank goodness, it isn't only me.

 

I don't get these recommendations like "Oooh, do the Ashby. Lots of canal and no locks". No Locks?? Locks are the fun bit. The chance to do something really unusual and special. Why go on a canal if you don't want to do locks?

 

Richard

 

Might as well go on a boating lake

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Having looked at their bases I'd have to agree, the only Alvechurch base with worcester within striking distance is ,erm, Alvechurch, which is 56 locks each way!

 

For very low lock count Try the Anderton Base, and don't dismiss the Weaver. Chester from there is 19 locks each way. Gayton Offers some low lockage routes like north on the Oxford, or Market Harborough. Or go for Possidge and Scotch Whiskey with their Falkirk base, Edinburvh and back 3 locks (all manned) and one wheel!

Agree about the River Weaver - absolutely marvellous. You could then continue back on the Trent & Mersey/Bridgewater into Manchester and/or take the Leigh Branch across the Barton Swing Aqueduct to Worsley.

 

Minimal number of locks with this trip apart from the manned locks on the Weaver!

 

However, this is a long way from Worcester! :lol:

 

Stewey

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how on earth do you save emough tesco deals vouchers up for ta narrowboat holiday???? :lol:

 

I've saved up enough Tesco Vouchers in each of the last four years for a narrowboat holiday . .

 

We're on our fourth holiday this year - - for a fortnight in France on theCanal du Midi (though it's in a tupperware not a narrowboat)

 

Myself and "she who must be obeyed" are planning our annual narrow boat holiday and would like some help with the route. Firstly it mus'nt have to many locks, and we want to visit Worcester, also we have have to hire the boat from Alvechurch Boats (Tesco Deals Tokens are paying for it). So really its all about marina choice. We have 6 1/2 days to fill.

 

Though you certainly wouldn't be going to Worcester - how about The Llangollen?

 

Viking at Whitchurch will take your vouchers - and you'll manage Llangollen and back in a really pleasant week - - with few locks, and the added advantage of beautiful scenery

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Locks are good... the more, the deeper the better :lol:

 

Quite right too!

 

And none of your namby pamby southern "deep" locks.

 

Down on the Oxford they call 12 feet deep. DO the buggers not know that we have a flight of 16 locks that are ALL deeper than that.

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We're on our fourth holiday this year - - for a fortnight in France on theCanal du Midi (though it's in a tupperware not a narrowboat)

 

There is hope for you yet then :lol:

 

Locks are good... the more, the deeper the better :lol:

 

Locks are good............................ as long as they have a man in a tower to operate them for you

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There is hope for you yet then :lol:

 

 

 

Locks are good............................ as long as they have a man in a tower to operate them for you

 

You'd enjoy the Severn then Phylis, as do we

 

But perhaps you wouldn't enjoy it in a narrow boat, so you'll have to bring Cal round :lol:

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Whys that?

 

Its much easier if someone else works them for you, and much quicker

 

Given under forty minutes down farmers bridge (13) I'd dispute the quicker bit, but large locks need to be manned if there are several boats in them. I saw fisticuffs break out (literally) at the lock at St Ives on the Ouse when a bewhiskered gentleman took exception to a family opening a paddle HALF WAY as it might throw his converted lifeboat about.

 

I once got told off for opening the paddles to quick for a 30 foot cruiser... who didn't seem to notuce my father was in a car top dinghy sharing the lock

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