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Waterways Holidays in Shakespeare Country, Warwickshire & the Chilterns

Canal Boat Holidays and hire in Shakespeare Country, Warwickshire and the Chilterns canal cruisingClick on the trip name for full details:

Banbury & return
Oxford & return
Stoke Bruerne & return
Warwickshire Ring
Market Harborough & return
Leicester ( East Midlands) Ring
The Grand Ring
Aylesbury & return
Coventry or Snarestone & return
Warwick & return
Cropredy & return

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Banbury& return

Banbury canal trip

From Rugby
(7 nights, 5 hours per day, 50 locks)
From Gayton
(7 nights, 7 hours per day, 70 locks)

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Grand Union Canal
North Oxford Canal
South Oxford Canal

A relatively gentle cruise through pretty Cotswold countryside first takes you down the North Oxford Canal via Braunston and Napton Junctions and onto the South Oxford Canal, renowned for its meandering route to the Thames.

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Oxford & return

Oxford Canal map for boating holidays

From Rugby
(10/11 nights, 6 hours per day, 82 locks)
From Gayton
(10/11 nights, 6.5 hours per day, 104 locks)

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Grand Union Canal
South Oxford Canal
North Oxford Canal

Continuing on past Banbury to Oxford.

The “City of Dreaming Spires” needs little introduction and is an extremely popular choice for those who can stretch their holiday to more than a week.

Oxford Tourist Information 01865 726871

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Grand Union Canal Map.Stoke Bruerne & return

From Rugby
(7 nights, 4+ hours per day, 30 locks)

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Grand Union Canal
North Oxford Canal

This is essentially a rural route that incorporates several very mpressive tunnels including Blisworth Tunnel which is over 3,000 yards long!

The village of Stoke Bruerne awaits you as you emerge from Blisworth and we recommend that you visit the excellent canal Museum here. Milton Keynes is the next point of interest with its wealth of attractions.

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Warwickshire Ring

Narrowboat holidays on the Warwickshire RingFrom Rugby
(7 nights, 8+ hours per day, 107 locks)
From Gayton
(10/11 nights, 7 hours per day, 120 locks)
From Gailey
(10/11 7 nights, 7 hours per day, 122 locks)
From Alvechurch
(14 nights or (10/11 nights, 6 hours per day), 128 locks)

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Ashby Canal
Birmingham and Fazeley Canal
Coventry Canal
Grand Union Canal
Stratford upon Avon Canal
North Oxford Canal
Trent and Mersey Canal

Another route with the option to moor at the heart of Birmingham , this cruise includes the spectacular Hatton locks and some fine stretches of the Grand Union Canal .

Once at Coventry , it is a short walk to the war-torn cathedral and its striking 1962 replacement.
Drayton Manor Park & Zoo 08708 725252

Snow Dome at Tamworth 08705 000011

Warwick Castle is possibly the finest medieval castle in the country.

Warwick Tourist Information Centre 01926 492212

On a two week cruise, include a trip along the Ashby Canal .

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map of the canals and holidays around Market harboroughMarket Harborough & return

From Rugby
(7 nights, 5 hours per day, 50 locks)
From Gayton
(7 nights, 6 hours per day, 48 locks)

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Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section)
North Oxford Canal

Popular with those seeking something different – if you don’t mind a bit of exercise.

This route involves cruising down the North Oxford Canal to Braunston, then up the Grand Union Canal towards Leicester.

On the way to Market Harborough you will encounter no fewer than four tunnels, two sets of staircase locks and mile after mile of open countryside.

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Map of the Leicester and East Midlands canal cruising ringLeicester or East Midlands Ring

From Rugby
(14 nights, 5 hours per day, 100 locks)
From Gayton
(
14 nights, 6.5 hours per day, 115 locks)

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Ashby Canal
Coventry Canal
Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section)
North Oxford Canal
River Soar
River Trent
Trent and Mersey Canal

A pleasant two week cruise through parts of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire which involves cruising on rivers as well as canals.

This route takes you up the Grand Union Canal to the Foxton flight of locks, then on to Leicester itself where you join the River Soar.

You continue along the Soar to Trent Junction, where you briefly join the River Trent which takes you up to Sawley. At this point you rejoin the canal system and complete the ring.

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Map of the Grand Ring for canal boating holiday hire in the South Midlands, UK.The Grand Ring

From Gayton
(14/21 nights, 6-9 hours per day, 175 locks)

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Grand Union Canal
South Oxford Canal
North Oxford Canal

For more information, see the Wessex route page.

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Barge and boat Hire canal map.Aylesbury & return

From Gayton
(7/10 nights, 5–7.5 hours per day, 82 locks)
From Rugby
(7/10 nights, 8 hours per day, 96 locks)

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Grand Union Canal
North Oxford Canal

A good route for the first timer, through delightful countryside, taking in the Great Ouse Aqueduct at Cosgrove.

Next up is Milton Keynes then arriving at Aylesbury, with the attractive old town centre just a short walk from the canal basin.

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Holiday map of Coventry canal and Snarestone

Coventry or Snarestone & return

From Gayton to Coventry
(7 nights, 6 hours per day, 34 locks)
From Gayton to Snareston
(7 nights, 8 hours per day, 34 locks)

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Coventry Canal
Grand Union Canal
North Oxford Canal
River Soar

With only 17 locks each way between Gayton and Coventry, this is one of the easiest one-week routes.

Continuing up the remote and rural Ashby Canal for Snarestone. Offers 23 miles of lock free cruising after Marston.

Moor at Shenton for Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre. 01455 290429

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Canal holidays around Warwickshire.Warwick & return

From Gayton
(7 nights, 6 hours per day, 72 locks)
From Rugby
(7 nights, 6 hours per day, 56 locks)

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Grand Union Canal
South Oxford Canal
North Oxford Canal

A very popular week cruise with the opportunity to visit Warwick Castle
Tourist Information Centre 01926 492212

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Cropredy & return

Cropredy canal cruiseFrom Gayton
(7 nights, 6 hours per day, 62 locks)
From Rugby
(7 nights, 6 hours per day, 40 locks)

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Grand Union Canal
South Oxford Canal
North Oxford Canal

Home of the annual August Folk Festival, Cropredy is a quaint canal-side village with two pubs, a church and a village store.

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