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There is a junction of canals at Drotwich. The Birmingham- Worcester canal intersects with another canal that has not yet been restored. There is also a boat yard for repair of canal boats and it is at one end of the Drotwich-Dunhampstead Tunnel. I don't think there's much else to see here. That's the whole point of a narrowboat trip. To slow down and actually look at what is around you.
The canal towpaths can be walked, even if you don't want to charter a boat.
See the Travelogue for Friday for additional photos
Updated Oct 21, 2005
If you’re in need of relaxation or have aches and pains to soothe, this could be the perfect place to achieve your aim. You would also be paticipating in the activity, which first brought the town to prominence, centuries ago, giving it its spa status.
The pool here contains warmed, highly concentrated salt water, pumped up from a unique lake 200 feet underground, which allows you to float, just like the Dead Sea. You can book a session of, I think, 45 minutes and arrive a little earlier to change into your swimming clothes and shower, before simply soaking and floating in the water, using one of the foam cushions provided to support your head and neck above the water level. Be careful not to fall asleep and take a sip! Once your soaking time is up, you will need to rinse off the salt before resting with a drink or snack by the side of pool until you get used to the weight of your body again. We all felt rather drowsy afterwards, so I wouldn’t recommend doing this, if you have any plans for the evening.
We were lucky once to get a booking on the day but usually it’s necessary to book well in advance, as numbers are limited to prevent overcrowding. I would also recommend bringing plenty of body lotion, as my skin felt quite dry afterwards. Other facilities available include: a beauty salon, gym, physiotherapist, sauna and chiropodist. There are several packages available, combining various services and lunch, which would make a lovely gift.
Updated Oct 7, 2005
Address: St Andrews Rd, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 8DN
Phone: 01905 793446
The Fir Tree serves Greene King IPA and Old Speckled Hen. It advertises the murders at Oddingly as part of the ambience. We decided to eat inside. It was too hot to eat outside because there was no shade.
Favorite Dish: They had a lunch board which said 2 course lunch was £7.95, but they said it was too late for lunch. The dinners started at about £10.95. They changed their minds and said we could have lunch after all. I had roast beef with yorkshire pudding (which wasn't a real one - more like a muffin than a popover), Bob had turkey and dressing and our daughter had pork and dressing. I had Bristol crème Brule for dessert, and Bob had chocolate fudge cake with ice cream.
Updated Jul 10, 2003
This pub is listed in the waterways guide as a very popular. I have not been there. The B'ham & Worcs Gazetteer says "canalside, charming pub serving Bass Beers and good food - much favoured by the local anglers. "
Favorite Dish: The Worcester and Birmingham canal information page says "serves just Banks's and isn't a place to enjoy a pint unless you are eating. However it well worth taking a look at the first thee restored locks on the Droitwich canal just the other side of the road."
Updated Nov 3, 2002
The beautiful boats on the canals are not all rental boats. Some of them are lived aboard by people on a permanent basis.
Narrowboats CAN be rented for a weekend, for a week or longer periods from various hire countries in different areas of the country. You can travel on canals over a large part of England and Wales - seeing the country from a different perspective.
Note the beautiful painted tinware on the cabin roof of the first boat.
Updated Oct 21, 2005
A few miles from Drotwich is the Brook Line Dunhampstead hire base for canal boats. We hired through Hoseasons.
Dunhampstead is really out in the country and is too tiny to even be included on VT (which surprises me considering some places that ARE included). There's this narrowboat hire place and a pub, and that's about it as far as I could tell.
Even with a map that showed all the roads and the directions from the hire company it was hard to figure out how to get here.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Phone: +44 (0) 1502 502588
Droitwich is the site of the swimming pool that was used in the Wychavon Tri-athlon that I competed in a couple of times, I didn`t do too well in the swimming and had to have somebody walk alonside me while I swam.
Equipment: A pair of trunks and goggles are essential for the swimming.
Written Dec 9, 2004
Favorite thing: Seeing it from the canal which is a whole different perspective.
I'm used to seeing things from our sailboat, but the narrow boat was different and yet the same in some ways. This trip fulfilled a long time dream of mine to do a trip like this.
I took so many pictures of a perfect oval or circle formed by the bridges reflected in the canal. Each of the bridges is numbered, and you can follow your progress on the canal book map (not that there is much chance of getting lost)
Fondest memory: Going through the Dunhampstead Tunnel - trying to imagine the narrowboat men 'legging' a barge through loaded with coal or other heavy materials while the horses walked around on the outside.
(In legging, the men lay down on their backs on top of the boat and 'walked' on the top of the tunnel to push the boat through)
Updated Oct 21, 2005