The Stourport Ring tracks 79-miles of mostly rural waterways
This popular circuit takes narrowboat holiday-makers through the Worcestershire countryside and into the heart of Birmingham.
There are 122 locks negotiate, including 30 at Tardebigge (the longest flight in Europe) and 11 at Wolverhampton. It takes around 56 hours to cruise the Stourport Ring, so it can be done at pace in a week, or more sedately in 10 days or two weeks.
The route cruises a section of River Severn, the whole of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, and parts of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire, Birmingham Main Line and Stourbridge canals.
Places of interest to visit along the way include: the Stourport Basins; the ancient City of Worcester; the historic village of Bournville; and Brindleyplace in Birmingham City Centre.
The best Drifters bases for the Stourport Ring are Worcester, Stoke Prior, Tardebigge and Alvechurch.
Stourport Ring Map
For full details of the individual routes and attractions, simply hover your mouse over any one of the numbered Drifters Hire Bases.
Then click on “Routes and Availability” in the blue ‘pop-up’ panels.
What can you See & Do in a week?
To complete this popular circuit in a week, you will need to cruise around eight hours each day, giving time to visit canalside villages and pubs along the way, and perhaps one or two major attractions.
To create more time for visiting destinations along the way, we recommend booking a 10-day or two-week holiday to travel this route.
79 miles, 110 locks, 7 days at 8 hours cruising per day
Birmingham Canal Navigations, Worcester & Birmingham Canal, River Severn, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal
Tardebigge Locks, Worcester Cathedral, Worcester City, Birmingham Science Museum, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham Sealife Centre, Brindley Place, National Indoor Arena, Cadbury World, Kinver village, Bratch Locks.