Alvechurch Marina2018-09-23T15:42:35+00:00

Alvechurch Marina

Canal: Worcester & Birmingham Location: Scarfield Wharf, Worcestershire, B48 7SQ
Phone: 0121 445 1133 E-mail:

Alvechurch Marina day boat hire is located on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. Being lock free, Alvechurch is an ideal location to set off from for a day trip. Heading either North to Hopwood or South to the top of the famous Tardebigge flight, you’ll be sure to have a relaxing, fulfilling and memorable day.

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Route Option 1

Hopwood & Return4-5 Hours with 0 Locks

Heading north out of Alvechurch Marina, an hour’s cruise will take you to Hopwood, travelling over an aqueduct and past the Bittell Resevoirs.

These two reservoirs were built by the canal company and completed in 1837 to feed the canal and compensate local mill owners for water loss during the construction of the canals. They are now popular attractions for anglers, walkers and bird watching. Just after Bridge 67, you will reach the Hopwood House Inn which is a great place to moor up for a break, and a good place to turn around after a leisurely lunch or a walk around the reservoirs

  • Features a 2726 yard tunnel

  • Straight cruise with no locks

  • 1 Canal side pub (Hopwood House)

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Route Option 2

Tardebigge & Return3 Hours with 0 Locks

Heading south will take you to Top Lock of the Tardebigge flight, through the Shortwood and Tardebigge tunnels.

Locals tales talk of how the trees were used to make the handles of the famous Harris Brushes at Stoke Prior and the local horses gave up some of their tails for the bristles. You will also pass Hewell Grange Prison, a lime kiln dig out and see views of St Bartholomew’s Church on the hill.

There is a turning point at Top Lock which is a good place to moor up and take a walk, following signs to the church and turning right along the road to find the New Tardebigge pub for some lunch or to just turn around and head back to the marina.

Please note: We do not advise you attempt the Tardebigge Flight as this cannot be accomplished in a days cruise.
  • Features 2 ~500 yard tunnels

  • Straight cruise with no locks

  • 1 pub (not canal side)The New Tardebigge

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Away Day

Location: Alvechurch Marina

Type: Self Drive Tuition: Included
  • Carries up to 10 people

Facilities: Fridge, 2 burner hob / grill, sink, bathroom, indoor/outdoor seating

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Pets Welcome Check in: 9.30am Return: 4.30pm £100 deposit [?] Layout not to scale