Cruising Rings: Long Weekend

The UK waterways network offers a variety of cruising rings or loops which offer boaters a way of exploring part of the waterways system without necessarily having to see the same bit of waterway twice.

See below for examples of what might be achievable over a few days.

Birmingham Canal Mini-Ring

Waterways: Old Main Line, New Main Line
Distance:  19 miles
No. of Locks:  6
Travelling time: 7 hours (allow extra time to travel from hirebases)

Droitwich Ring

Waterways: Worcester & Birmingham Canal. River Severn Navigation, Droitwich Barge Canal, Droitwich Junction Canal
Distance: 22 miles (10 miles narrow canal, 3 miles river, 9 miles wide canal)
No. of Locks: 30 locks (21 narrow locks, 8 wide locks, 1 manned river lock)
No. Tunnels: 1
Travelling time: 14 hours

Middle Level Ring

Waterways: Old River Nene, Popham's Eau, Sixteen foot Drain, Vermuyden's Drain or Forty Foot
Distance: 35 miles (wide channels)
No. of Locks:
0
Travelling time: 12 hours
Additional Information: 
This route is only possible because IWA Peterborough Branch arranged and partly funded the raising of Ramsey Hollow Bridge. Read more

Download a map of canals and rivers in England and Wales (PDF 7MB) - This inland waterways route map, reproduced with kind permission from Waterways World, will enable you to search for possible cruising rings.

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