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A range of cruising options

The purpose of this particular section is to provide you with information about the range of cruising options possible using Canaltime at Kings Orchard as your base.


7 Nights • Cruising Time Per day: 7.5 Hrs • Locks: 38
• Through Fradley Junction, Great Haywood, Tixall Wide, Penkridge, Autherley Junction, Tyrley Locks and back.
• In a parallel world reflectng the evolution of transport, with unforgetable days full of tranquil drama and whimsy, your route will lead you under bridges, over aqueducts and through unusual canal cuttngs.
• It will take you on a richly green tour that skims the distant outskirts of the urban Midlands before burstng into the tranquil haven of Shropshire countryside.


7 Nights • Cruising Time Per day: 7 Hrs • Locks: 79
• A route with a mix of rural and urban, taking in parts of the Coventry Canal, Trent & Mersey Canal, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, Birmingham Canal Navigations and Birmingham & Fazeley Canal.
• This ring, which includes three tunnels, several aqueducts and 79 locks- can be done in 7 nights or a more relaxing 14 nights.
• Your route swings from lock-free relaxation to energetic lock flights, from rural to urban, and contrasts the winding and straight routes by two of the greatest canal engineers.
• This is a journey of junctions – Fradley, Great Haywood, Aldersley, Salford, Fazeley- from the sprawling green territory of Cannock Chase to the historic canal basin in Birmingham city centre.


Short Breaks

WEEKENDS: Friday-Monday (3 nights) I MIDWEEK: Monday-Friday (4 nights)


3-4 Nights • Cruising Time Per day: 7 Hrs • Locks: 34
• Through Fradley, Burton-on-Trent, Shardlow and back. This journey is rural and even remote at times, yet trips in and out of colourful hubs that tell gripping stories of canal-life to the passing boater.
• There are tales of medieval times and the English language, special water which changed a town’s fortunes, and a vital inland port with links to pottery, the Industrial Revolution and ‘canalmania’.
• Take a 4-night break and travel down the locks to Kingswood Junction or travel a few more hours to take in Knowle, Hatton Flight or Wootton Wawen.


3 Nights • Cruising Time Per day: 7 Hrs • Locks: 10
• Through Fradley Junction, Rugeley, Great Haywood and back. This route skips through sheep-filled countryside with idyllic locks and striking red-brick bridges.
• Secret stories lie in this landscape of outstanding beauty, where you’ll learn new tiller skills, meet wildlife and discover the story of a posh rebel who insisted a canal be shaped for his pleasure.


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