Total distance is 161 miles, 1 furlong and 217 locks. There are at least 7 moveable bridges of which 2 are usually left open; 34 small aqueducts or underbridges; 12 tunnels and 2 major aqueducts.
This is made up of 125 miles, 5½ furlongs of narrow canals; 35 miles, 3½ furlongs of broad canals; 159 narrow locks; 58 broad locks.
So goes Canalplan’s summary of our recent trip, which is a sort of augmented version of the Warwickshire ring. Basically a cruise calling in at Warwick, Stratford upon Avon, Birmingham, Tamworth, Coventry and Rugby to the non boater. Or a cruise passing through Braunston, Wigram’s Turn, Lapworth, Bancroft basin, Gas Street, Salford junction, Fazeley, and Hawkesbury to the canal person.
Whatever, it’s a good mix of canals and scenery, and I’ve picked out a few pictures to show some of the sights - all from the first half really.
Early morning after we had winded near Braunston after the rally
Me not looking where I’m going steering Chertsey somewhere between Braunston and Wigram’s turn.
The smallest of the three Stratford canal aqueducts
A bit of bad parking near Stratford
Edgbaston on the Worcs and Birmingham
A peaceful night in Birmingham city centre
Next morning, only 200 yards away this wonderful wild flower verge on a housing estate!
Believe it or not, in a lock on the Farmer’s Bridge flight
What’s not to like?