After years of campaigning and restoration work by the Droitwich Canals Trust, supported by the Inland Waterways Association, Waterway Recovery Group and the local authorities, the Droitwich Barge Canal finally reopened for business in the autumn of 2010. Then, after a series of frustrating delays, the Junction Canal followed suit in 2011, restoring the link between the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at Hanbury and the River Severn at Hawford.
The two canals pass through peaceful Worcestershire countryside and the journey is enhanced by the opportunity to visit the fine old town of Droitwich, with its convivial pubs and tearooms. Good moorings are provided close to the delightful Vines Park. Furthermore, the canal’s reopening creates a 23-mile Mini Ring, the Mid-Worcestershire Ring, comprising the Severn, Worcester & Birmingham Canal and the Droitwich Canals. This ring has proved very popular, so don’t waste too much time before taking a look, as it is one of the loveliest little cruising circuits in the land.