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’
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Attractive countryside surrounding Offerton Locks