The droitwich junction canal was constructed in 1854 to link the barge canal in droitwich to the worcester birmingham canal at hanbury in an attempt to revive trade on the barge canal which was suffering from competition with the railways. It was originally constructed as a broad canal capable of taking severn trows.
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Droitwich canal. The droitwich barge canal and the droitwich junction canal the barge canal is a broad canal which opened in 1771 linking droitwich spa to the river severn at hawford mill claines the droitwich junction canal is a narrow canal opened in 1854 which linked droitwich to the worcester and birmingham canal. After failed river improvement schemes and an attempt to produce a pipeline for the brine an act of parliament was passed in 1768 to authorise the construction of the droitwich canal. The droitwich canal is a synthesis of two canals in worcestershire england.
The droitwich canal is little over 7 miles in length and has 16 locks along the route. The droitwich canals link the river severn and the worcester and birmingham canal which together make up the mid worcestershire ring. The official site of droitwich waterways pamela may trust limited promoting the preservation of the droitwich canals an historic heritage waterway and promoting the enhancement of the environment for everyone who uses the droitwich waterways.
The number of locks along this short canal can make an interesting set of portages for paddlers. Great for building upper body strength. The droitwich canals can be cruised as part of the stourport ring or as a leisurely return routeby travelling down through the tardebiugge flight to hanbury and then turning right onto the droitwich canal.
Yes a long walk over which the canal path is well maintained. The restored droitwich canals have reconnected the worcester birmingham canal at hanbury the inspiration for the archers with the upper reaches of the river. The two canals which run through droitwich are the barge canal and the junction canal.
A thriving and peaceful canal with a strong canal boat community the canal was reborn from a derelict channel. Have recently walked from droitwich down to the river seven along the canal. Only for a short distance do you leave the canal path to walk a country road.
The ring allows boats cyclists and walkers to make a 21 mile circular journey. The terrain alongside the ring is excellent for all ages to walk or cycle and experience the worcestershire countryside. A narrow waterway it was one of the last canals to be built in england and included innovations such.
The summer of 2011 saw the community based project led by the droitwich canal trust to re open the droitwich spa canals come to fruition. The only whole canals to be fully restored in almost a decade the droitwich spa canals are the final link in a brand new cruising circuit the mid worcestershire ring. You ll then travel all the way to the river severn where you can turn around and cruise back to alvechurch.
The countryside is quite beautiful being rolling green fields. Since the 1970 s these two canals have been lovingly restored by the droitwich canals trust. Several attempts were made to make the river salwaroe navigable starting in 1675.