Canal and River
Wocester is at the intersection of the Worcester-Birmingham Canal and the Severn River. You can take a boat up or down the canal, and through a lock into the river and go up along another side of Worcester. You are not limited to doing narrowboating on the river - you can have a regular motor boat if you wish. Viking Afloat is a narrowboat rental company that is in Worcester and will rent you a boat with all the facilities to live on board for a weekend or a week or ten days. Their boats are painted yellow and brown. We rented from another company, but we saw some of the Viking boats.
King Charles woz 'ere
Worcester stayed loyal to the Royalist cause during the English Civil War. This house, in New Street, is where King Charles l hid after the Battle of Worcester (1651). He managed to escape through the back door but did not, in the end, escape execution.
The house is now a restaurant, complete with dungeon.
Worcester Walk (2)
This walk can be added to the Riverside Walk. It continues South from The Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory (RWPF). Heading out of the City A44/A38 south. Once leaving the RWPF cross "Sidbury" and The Commandery is right in front of you (museum dedicated to The English Civil War and Battle Of Worcester). An interesting museum in a Tudor building. It's set alongside Worcester-Birmingham Canal, making it very pleasant. Once you've done the Commandery continue south and turn right (approx 100yds) into Wylds Lane. As you enter Wylds Lane go through a gateway on the right to access Fort Royal Hill (a recreation ground/park). Again associated with the Battle Of Worcester and is a strategic hill overlooking the City. The views are great, and don't forget your camera as the Cathedral from here looks fantastic dominating the skyline.
If you wish, it's possible to walk from here to the Lea & Perrins Factory nearby (home of Worcestershire Sauce); no factory tour or visitor centre, but hey! You might as well see where this famous sauce is made!! Back to the walk.... head back towards the city along Sidbury, and continue to head for Friar Street/ New Street, it's about 200yds north from the Wylds Lane. These 2 streets are my favourite in Worcester... This is what makes Worcester... Some lovely well preserved Tudor buildings, trendy restaurants and bars and little gift/specialist shops, all in traffic free (mostly!), cobbled street environment. This is the best area to stop for something to eat or to take a well-deserved drink.
Once you have completed the delights of Friar Street/ New Street continue to the High Street (shops and department stores) and then head towards back to the Cathedral. Whilst walking this route you will pass the Guildhall (council/mayoral offices and the tourist information centre) and pass the Elgar statue (Worcesters most famous son). Once past the statue the cathedral lies before you and then you can head back towards the River.
A notable restored 18th century building built by Thomas White, a local architect. Exhibits include a cannon, scold's bridle, leather fire buckets and oil paintings.
Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 4.30pm. Admission Free
Worcester to Tibberton, Sunday July 28, 2002
However at the first lock, we had a slight problem in that the engine was running (and was putting out a LOT of black smoke - it was a diesel so it always put out some, but this was more than usual), but the transmission wasn't engaging so the boat wasn't going forward.
Bob managed to keep the rudder off the gates, and then when we got to the top of the lock, I handed my daughter and SIL a line and they pulled us out of the lock. We tied up and Bob opened up the little prop box to see if it was fouled, but didn't find anything. And when he started the engine again, everything appeared to be fine.
Then we ran aground in the middle of the canal and had to back off
(using the punting pole) and try again.
A little later at lock 5 or 6, a piece of wood got stuck in the lock gate, and kept it from opening all the way, so when we tried to drive into the lock, we got wedged in and couldn't go forward any more.
Bob had me come back to run the engine, and he and our daughter and SIL pushed the boat backwards using the boat hook and pole as I revved up the engine in reverse until we got unstuck. Then they shut the gate the piece of wood dropped out and the gate could open again.
We stopped about 10 am after lock #8 (bridge 15) where there was a Leisure Center with a playground, and let our grandson off to go play. We had morning tea with scones and clotted cream and jam. We hadn't been able to get a morning paper, or we would have read it then.