Routes

Our diagram gives an indication of how far you can go during the different canal boat hire periods we offer. We cover canal boat routes in the Midlands, but can travel as far South as Milton Keynes and as far north as Nottingham.

routes

Two day and five day trips are ‘go and return’ using the same route.

 

With trips of seven day or more, it is possible to use a circular route as an alternative to ‘go and return’.

 

ROUTE SUMMARIES

 

1 Day Routes

Route Description Total Miles Total Locks Total Time Hrs Other Information
Hillmorton and return 17.8 6 6.44 Narrow Locks wind just after them. The Old Royal Oak serves meals and has garden.
Norton Junction and return 7.6 12 5.00 Wide Locks Braunston Tunnel; New Inn at the junction.
Napton Junction and return 15 0 5.00 Lock-free trip through open countryside.
Watford Locks and return 11.8 12 7.56 Braunston Tunnel; Wind before Watford Locks but DO walk up the Watford Lock staircase.
Calcutt and return 16.2 6 7.22 Through locks wind and return. Open countryside.

 

2 Day Routes

Route Description Total Miles Total Locks Total Time Hrs Other Information
Crick and back 19 26 12.50 Watford Lock Staircase 2 Tunnels each way. Wide and narrow locks.
Fenny Compton and Back 37.8 18 12.24 Narrow locks with open countryside.
Leamington Spa and back 36.8 46 19:56 Wide locks time to look at Leamington Spa or visit swimming pool whilst boats wind just after The Tiller Pin.
Hawkesbury Junction and back 46.2 8 16:04 Narrow locks sometimes paired. Newbold Tunnel is lit. Stretton-under-Fosse swing bridge and Hawkesbury Stop Lock.
Rugby and back 21 6 8:11 Webb Ellis Rugby Museum World Rugby Hall of Fame Rugby School
Stoke Bruerne and back 37.4 26 18:58 Needs Friday start and long daylight hours. Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum.
Stretton Stop and back 32 6 11:44 Webb Ellis Rugby Museum World Rugby Hall of Fame Rugby School.
Weedon and back 18 26 12:30 Wide Locks Braunston Tunnel playing field.

 

5 Day Routes

Route Description Total Miles Total Locks Total Time Hrs Other Information
Atherstone and back 69 8 24:59 SnowDome at Tamworth by taxi or minibus from Atherstone.
Banbury and back 59 44 30:40 Shopping Centre and swimming pool.
Ashby Canal and back 77 8 27:00 Battle of Bosworth Country Park.
Coventry and back 56.4 8 20:08 Webb Ellis Rugby Museum World Rugby Hall of Fame Rugby School; Coventry Cathedral; Transport Museum.
Great Linford and back 59.8 42 26:56 Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum.
Top of Hatton Flight and back 47.2 92 38.45 Not for the faint-hearted. Wide locks. Swimming pool in Leamington Spa.
Warwick and back 43 50 22:40 Warwick Castle; Swimming pool in Leamington Spa.

 

7 Day Routes

Route Description Total Miles Total Locks Total Time Hrs Other Information
Birmingham: 'The Frying Pan Trip' 93.2 141 54:34 Only for hardy enthusiasts. Six tunnels.
Market Harborough and back 91.7 80 43:53 4 Tunnels twice.
Ashby and Coventry 98.4 8 34:07 3 Tunnels twice.
Bournville and back 86.7 130 50:34 Cadbury's World.
Leighton Buzzard and back 86.4 54 37:48 Wide locks two  long tunnels twice. Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum. Great Ouse Aqueduct. Wind at bridge 114.
Oxford and back 109.6 76 25:12 Anchor required for this trip.
Warwickshire Ring 101.2 93 49:14 Drayton Manor Adventure Park and/or Tamworth Snow Dome. Three Tunnels.

 

10 Day Routes

Route Description Total Miles Total Locks Total Time Hrs Other Information
Leicester Ring 153 98 67:10 6 Tunnels; Anchor required.
Black Country Museum & Cadbury's World. 109.6 147 61:20 eight tunnels.

 

Things to consider when planning your route

 

It is important on self-steer bookings to get your journey timings correct.

The late return of the boat may result in there not being sufficient time for the boat to be prepared in readiness for the next booking and group taking the boat out.

We have sessions on route planning and waterway ‘rule-of-the-road’ during our LNBP Certification / CCBM assessment courses.

 

During the peak season or during times of water shortages there may be restricted lock opening times.

When planning your cruise you will need to be aware of any restrictions or stoppages on your intended route. It is best to obtain this information from the LNBP Bookings Officer.

If you are going out as a self-steer it is essential that before leaving the boatyard you are familiar with latest information regarding any restrictions or stoppages which may affect your intended route.

Self-steerers and hirers please note that our boats are not permitted to travel after dark and before sunrise in the morning.

 

All hires of six or more days MUST submit their cruise plan beforehand, and have this agreed. This is done via the Booking Officer.