The Stratford Canal, which was built between 1793 & 1816, runs from Birmingham’s suburbia to Stratford-upon-Avon through 25 miles of picturesque Warwickshire. At it’s Northern end, it joins the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at Kings Norton junction which will take you into the centre of Birmingham and the BCN, or South towards Alvechurch through a 1 1/2 mile tunnel and onwards through Tardebigge to the River Severn. At it’s Southern end, it meets the River Avon in beautiful Stratford where you will find The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and many other tourist attractions. On route at Lapworth, there is a link through to the Grand Union Canal.

Staying on the Southern Stratford Canal, you will find the famous barrel-roofed cottages which were built using techniques from the plans of the many bridges you will see along the canal network and are a unique feature of this canal.