Canals of Central England

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Drifters canal holiday hire base at Ely Drifters Canal holiday hire base at StocktonDrifters canal holidays hire base at WarwickDrifters canal holidays hire base at WarwickDrifters canal holidays hire base at BraunstonDrifters Canal holioday hire base at Autherley caldon canal Shropshire Union Canal staffordshire and Worcestershire canal Drifters canal holiday base at Brewood Drifters Canal holiday base at Wrenbury Mill Drifters Hire Base at Whitchurch Drifters canal holiday base at Great Haywood Drifters canal holiday base at Gailey Drifters canal holiday base at Stoke on Trent Drifters Hire base at Alvechurch Drifters Canal holiday hire base at Worcester Drifters Base at Tardebigge Drifters canal holiday base at Stoke Prior Drifters Hire Base Wootton Wawen Drifters Canal holiday hire base at Stockton Drifters canal holidays hire base at March Drifters canal holidays hire base at Rugby Drifters canal holiday hire base at Gayton Drifters canal holidays hire base at North Kilworth Drifters Canal holiday hire base at Union Wharf Grand Union Canal Trent and Mersey Canal Grand Union Canal River Soar coventry canal Grand Union (Leicester) Canal

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Drifters Hire Bases in Central England

8 Wrenbury Mill (Llangollen Canal) 24 Napton (1) (Grand Union Canal)
9 Whitchurch (Llangollen Canal) 25 Stockton (1) (Grand Union Canal)
13 Stoke on Trent (Trent & Mersey Canal) 26 Ely (Great River Ouse)
14 Great Haywood (Trent & Mersey Canal) 27 Gayton (Grand Union Canal)
15 Brewood (Shropshire Union Canal) 28 Wootton Wawen (Stratford Canal)
16 Gailey (Staffs and Worcs) 29 Worcester (Worcester Birmingham Canal)
17 Alvechurch (Worcester & Birmingham Canal) 32 Napton (2) (Oxford Canal)
18 Tardebigge (Worcester & Birmingham Canal)      
19 Stoke Prior (Worcester & Birmingham Canal) 39 Autherley (Shropshire Union Canal)
20 Union Wharf (Grand Union Canal - Leics Section) 40 Braunston (Grand Union Canal)
21 Stockton (1) (Grand Union Canal) 41 March (Fenlands Waterways)
22 Rugby (Oxford Canal) 42 Warwick (Grand Union Canal)


Central England

The Central section of our waterways contains so many canals of really different character to choose from.

Birmingham was at the centre of the canal system, carrying goods and raw materials, which explains why they are so numerous.  The choice of waterway character in this region is huge. There are several rivers, which are usually lightly locked and offer wonderful natural scenery. The canals which are near to Birmingham tend to have plenty of locks, but some of the others (such as the Ashby, Oxford and Coventry canals) are relatively lock-free. For those who wish to have an active holiday, waterways such as the Worcester & Birmingham Canal have plenty of locks as they climb towards Birmingham.

Because the canals are so numerous in this area, there are several cruising rings available, made up of sections of different canals joined together.

The popular Stourport Ring is a one-week cruise, incorporating a relaxing stretch of the river Severn, from Worcester to Stourport. You then climb towards the exciting city attractions, before entering the countryside again and descending to Worcester.
The Avon Ring includes such gems as Tewkesbury and Stratford on Avon. The recently opened Droitwich Canal has enabled us to offer cruises on the Mid-Worcestershire Ring

The Potteries and Peak District area is ideally placed for a one week cruise around the Four Counties Ring, which includes the industrial heritage of the Potteries, the rolling countryside of Shropshire and the Cheshire Plains, as well as many handsome market towns such as Nantwich.

Other highlights of the area are Tixall Wide lagoon and the deep wooded cuttings on the Shropshire Union Canal. There are also many industrial museums in the area, and the Wedgewood Centre.

In Shakespeare Country, the Warwickshire Ring can be cruised in a week as it passes through Warwick with its fine castle and on to the Oxford canal with its elegant cast iron bridges. The Stratford on Avon canal is full of historic interest.

The Leicester Ring in the East of the Midlands offer very varied scenery with plenty of space.

In the Fens of Eastern England, both the River Nene and the Great Ouse offer fabulous relaxed cruising with a totally different flavour.

Click here for photographs of the waterways and canals of Central England and the Midlands.

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