This stretch of the Severn is part 0f the Mid Worcestershire Ring now made navigable again due to the opening of the Droitwich Canals last July.

The main feature you meet along this stretch is the Bevere Lock, Island and weir. The lock is operated by waterways staff and the gates are power operated. The lock enables a channel for boats to pass safely through the drop in level of the river and sits between the West bank and the Bevere Island. A weir between the Island and the East bank maintains water levels North of here. I found the lock keepers very friendly.

There is a handy pub of character just a few hundred yards south of Bevere, the Camp House Inn. Boaters can pull up and moore on the pubs landing stage so visiting the pub requires a walk of just 20 yards. The garden has pretty views of the canal and peacocks, ducks, chickens and geese are allowed to wander around the garden tables – children (of all ages) love it.

The remainder of the route to Worcester is pleasant and quiet for boaters and walkers can use the footpaths of the East bank to enjoy this also.

Approaching Worcester, the first thing of note is the racecourse on the East bank. Then the splendid Sabrina footbridge presents itself. A few hundred yards further and you are in the highly visited (by locals and others) East bank with refreshment opportunities galore. The town shopping centre is a short walk away.

Then it’s on down the river for a few hundred yards passing the majestic cathedral on the left and arriving at the junction with the Worcester and Birmingham canal, which is entered immediately by a lock leading to Diglis basin.

Here is a slideshow of the journey and below a Google map showing the main points described above – the route is marked in green.

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