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pick of wa­ter­ing holes on the An­chor Worces­ter. 01905 351094. Water­side at Diglis Basin. Cosy tra­di­tional boaters’ pub with real ale, food, water­side gar­den and skit­tle al­ley. Break­fast served

Plough Road, Tib­ber­ton. 01905 345146. 5 mins south of Bridge 25. Vil­lage pub with real ale, rea­son­ably priced bar food (pies a spe­cial­ity), gar­den

Han­bury Wharf. 01905 799266. By Bridge 35. Restau­rant and bar food in­clud­ing carvery and steaks, real ale, gar­den

Stoke Works. 01527 831065. At Bridge 42. Red brick canal­side pub, real ale, good value food, canal­side ter­race

Nav­i­ga­tion Stoke Wharf. 01527 870194. Just north of Bridge 44. Re­cently re­fur­bished un­der new man­age­ment, with gen­er­ous help­ings of rea­son­ably priced food, real ale and gar­den

Stoke Pound. 01527 557007. At Bridge 48. Smart pub, em­pha­sis on restau­rant food (book­ing ad­vised), real ales from small brew­eries, gar­den, canal­side ter­race

Weigh­bridge Alvechurch. 0121 445 5111. Just west of Bridge 60. Tra­di­tional style pub with small rooms, CAMRA award-win­ning real ales, home made food (not Tue or Wed), gar­den

Hop­wood. 0121 445 1716. Canal­side at Bridge 67. Large fam­ily-friendly pub with food (in­clud­ing chil­dren’s menu), real ale, gar­den and play area

Nav­i­ga­tion Wharf Road, King’s Nor­ton. 0121 458 1652. 5 mins west of Bridge 71. Large town pub, part of Flam­ing Grill chain with rea­son­ably priced food and em­pha­sis on steaks and burg­ers, real ale and gar­den

Birm­ing­ham. 0121 632 5602. Canal­side at Gas Street Basin. Con­verted from for­mer canal build­ings with bars on dif­fer­ent lev­els, real ale and food

Pub­de­tail­sare­like­ly­tochangeat­short­no­tice: youaread­vised­to­phonea­head­tobesure the six locks at Ast­wood are closely grouped, and lead to Stoke Works. One of the big­gest salt works in Europe was de­vel­oped here in the mid-19th Cen­tury by John Cor­bett, the ‘Salt King’, but to­day this has long gone. Stoke Works now has a very pop­u­lar water­side pub and restau­rant just a short dis­tance from Stoke Wharf, where a boat­yard is the base for a hire fleet.

Yet an­other six-lock flight leads to Stoke Pound, with an­other handy pub – and that’s where the hard work re­ally starts, at the bot­tom of Tarde­bigge. Thirty locks loom ahead, form­ing the long­est con­tin­u­ous flight in Bri­tain. But they are beau­ti­fully sit­u­ated, with lovely views to en­joy while the chambers are fill­ing up. The locks are par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive in late spring­time when the canal is lined with white flow­er­ing blos­som from the hawthorn hedges.

‘Thirty locks loom ahead, form­ing the long­est flight in Bri­tain. But they are beau­ti­fully sit­u­ated with lovely views to en­joy’

Speed the Plough Ea­gle & Sun Boat & Rail­way Queen’s Head Hop­wood House Tap & Spile

At­trac­tive coun­try­side sur­round­ing Of­fer­ton Locks

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