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The Warwickshire Cruising Ring - Canal Boating Holidays

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The Warwickshire ring is a connected series of canals forming a holiday cruising circuit around the West Midlands area of England. The Warwickshire Cruising Ring is formed from the Coventry Canal, the northern section of the Oxford Canal, the Grand Union Canal (Main Line), the northern section of Stratford-on-Avon Canal as well as the a section of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal or the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.

The Warwickshire Cruising Ring is a popular route with boating tourists due to its circular route and mixture of urban and rural landscapes.

The ring totals 106 miles and has 115 locks, although there are two alternative routes through the southern part of Birmingham - from Kingswood Junction one can travel via the Grand Union Canal to Aston Junction, or via the Stratford Canal (north) and Worcester and Birmingham Canal to Gas Street Basin in central Birmingham. The latter route is slightly longer and has more locks, but many consider it to be more scenic and interesting.

Grand Union Canal section - Worcester and Birmingham Canal section - Birmingham and Fazeley Canal section - Coventry Canal section - Oxford Canal (north) section

The merits of this route - There is something of everything, in canal terms, around the Warwickshire Ring. There are wide and narrow locks, tunnels and cuttings; there is idyllic open rolling countryside, and the normality of industry, some of it in decline, some of it improved, and some of it still there in all its rawness. There are tourist honeypots like Warwick Castle, and there are world class attractions like Drayton Manor Theme Park.

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