These are some of our favourite routes for trips out from Tewkesbury Marina. there are many more, and we will be adding to this list regularly. If you have a favourite route that isnt shown here, please email it to us and we will add it to the list.
Suggested trips along the Avon
Tewkesbury Marina to Eckington
1 Lock 1hr 30 (approx)
A popular trip for a summers day. Along the way you will pass through Twyning and Bredon. Bredon offers attractions such as a 14th Century Tithe barn operated by the National Trust. There are a couple of pubs to visit including the 15th Century thatched Inn, the Fox and Hound. Never out of sight is Bredon Hill, and continuing upstream you will encounter the first and only lock on this stretch at Strensham. A short distance further bring you to your destination, Eckington Bridge, A 16th Century stone structure. Free moorings are available at the wharf, just beyond the bridge and, a short walk away you will find pubs such as The Bell, perfect for a lazy lunch!
Tewkesbury Marina to Pershore
3 Locks 3 hrs (approx)
If you want to make a weekend of it, Pershore is a pleasant destination. Proceeding upstream from Eckington, you first reach Nafford Lock which is adjoined to a nature reserve. A short distance further will see you arriving at Comberton Quay. A stop off to climb Bredon Hill is worthwhile with some spectacular views from the top. Overnight mooring is available at Nafford or Comberton Quay. Although there are no other facilities on site, they are very peaceful spots to spend the night. Pershore is a further 6 miles upstream. Pershore is a pretty market town with a beautiful abbey at it’s heart. Plenty of pubs and restaurants are to be found. Moorings are available on both sides of the lock.
Tewkesbury Marina to Evesham
6 Locks 6 hrs (approx)
Beyond Pershore you will find many pretty villages to stop off and visit. Wyre Piddle, Cropthorne and Fladbury. are all located on the river. Through Fladbury Lock and on to Chadbury Lock you will now be approaching Evesham. You will pass the Abbey Manor House. There are numerous places to moor up around Evesham including Workman Gardens and upstream of Evesham Lock although these can fill up quickly in the summer months.
Suggested trips along the Severn
Tewkesbury Marina to Upton upon Severn.
1 Lock 1hr 30 (approx)
Having locked through onto the Severn level, a short channel connects you to the river Severn itself. Turning upstream you will pass under the Mythe bridge and under the imposing Mythe cliff towering above. A pleasant cruise will bring you to Upton upon Severn in a little over an hour. There are plenty of places to explore in Upton, there are numerous festivals held there throughout the summer and the heritage centre is worth a visit and there are many pubs and restaurants to try! Moorings are available here although they can be quite busy. Upton Marina may have available moorings and it is advisable to phone ahead (01684 594287)
Tewkesbury Marina to Worcester
2 Locks 4hrs (approx)
Upstream of Upton, the Severn passes Hanley Castle and Severn Stoke, probably the prettiest part of the river. There are few places to moor along here but as you approach Worcester, you pass under the Southern by pass and the site of the 1651 Battle of Worcester. Moorings are available near Pitchcroft race course but carry on downstream, past the beautiful Cathedral and you will come to the entrance to Diglis Docks. These have seen extensive modernisation recently, with many new apartments having been constructed. Worcester itself is a fairly compact city with plenty of shopping and places to enjoy a coffee. There are numerous historic locations to visit too, including the Commandery and Worcester Cathedral.
Tewkesbury Marina to Gloucester
3 Locks 3 hrs (approx)
Turning downstream after the Avon lock, you approach Upper Lode lock. Once passed, you reach Lower Lode which is where the Avon flows in to the Severn. From here you can enjoy some spectacular views of Tewkesbury Abbey with Bredon hill in the background. Meandering downstream you pass The Boat Inn at Ashleworth Quay before approaching the Upper parting which takes you in to Gloucester and towards the docks. Gloucester Lock is the gateway into the docks, situated in the centre of town. The docks are a popular place to visit with the National Waterways Museum to explore and they make a great base from which to explore Gloucester itself. Full of museums and interesting shops, Gloucester is a popular place to spend a weekend and with good transport links, trips out further afield are easily made.