Cruising Rings: One Week

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 in a week.

Birmingham Ring

Waterways: Birmingham Canal, Wyrley & Essington Canal, Daw End Branch Canal, Rushall Canal, Tame Valley Canal, Birmingham & Fazeley Canal
Distance: 42 miles
No. of Locks: 52 (narrow locks)
No. Tunnels: 1
No. Aqueducts: 4
Travelling time: 24 hours

Black Country Ring

Waterways: Trent & Mersey Canal, Coventry Canal, Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, Birmingham Canal Stourbridge Canal, Dudley Canal, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal
Distance: 75 miles (narrow canal)
No. of Locks: 101 (narrow locks)
No. Tunnels: 2
No. Aqueducts: 4
Travelling time: 45 hours

London Ring

Waterways: Grand Union Canal - Paddington Arm, Regent's Canal, Hertford Union Canal, Lee Navigation, Limehouse Cut, Tidal River Thames, Grand Union Canal - Main Line
Distance: 39 miles (28 miles wide canal, 11 miles wide tidal river)
No. of Locks: 25 (23 wide locks, 2 tidal locks)
No. Tunnels:  3
Travelling time: 17 hours
Additional Information:
Tides are an important element in planning because the locks at Limehouse and Brentford are only available when the tide is right.

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