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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
The reopening of the Droitwich canals in 2011, 70 years after they were abandoned, has created a new 21-mile circular route. This route, the only ring on the network that can be comfortably negotiated in a weekend, takes in the River Severn, Droitwich Barge Canal, Droitwich Junction Canal and the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.
Starting in Worcester, often thought of as one of England's finest 'shire' towns, you’ll get the chance to visit heritage attractions including a cathedral, Tudor House Heritage Centre, and Greyfriars - a 15th century merchant's house preserved by the National Trust. The city is built on the banks of the Severn, which then travels north, joining the Droitwich Barge Canal at Hawford, a sleepy hamlet notable for its crooked dovecote, the last remnant of a former medieval monastic grange.
The Droitwich Barge Canal then travels alongside the River Salwarpe and passes through Porter’s Mill, Ladywood and Salwarpe before arriving in Droitwich. The Droitwich Barge Canal originally opened in 1771 to carry the salt which has been extracted at the town since prehistoric times. Planned by the great canal builder James Brindley, the canal was constructed to provide a more reliable route than the River Salwarpe - which it runs almost parallel to.
Just past Droitwich you’ll Join the Droitwich Junction Canal and travel about a mile and a half before reaching the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.
Leaving the Droitwich Junction Canal you’ll then travel southwest along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal for nine and a half miles back down to your start in Worcester. On the way you will pass through Dunhampstead Tunnel and pass the picturesque villages of Tibberton and Oddingly.
Last date edited: 28 July 2015