Our first big trip on Briar Rose starts on Saturday. The aim is to do the Avon Ring, as last time we tried the river was in flood so we got nor further than Bancroft Basin on the Stratford Canal. However, to get onto the ring we need to go down the Stockton flight, through Leamington Spa and Warwick and up the Hatton flight. And rather than doing all that again on the way back, we'll go into Birmingham and return via Fazeley and Atherstone. It means we'll miss out a small section of the ring, between Kings Norton Junction and Kingswood Junction, but we have done that section several times before. So what we've ended up with is a combined ring taking in most of the Avon Ring and most of the Warwickshire Ring too, a mere 184 miles and 213 locks.
The map is a relatively new feature on CanalPlanAC, the fantastic planning website. It's great to be able to see the whole route so clearly. Ignore the overnight stops, though. CanalPlan has never been great at suggesting mooring places, as they're worked out purely on timings and don't take into account that you can't moor half way up the Farmer's Bridge Flight, for example.