Our diagram gives an indication of how far you can go during the different canal boat hire periods we offer. We cover the majority of the canal boating routes in the Midlands, and can travel as far south as Milton Keynes and as far north as Nottingham.
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’.
1 Day Routes
||Total Time Hrs
|Hillmorton and return
||Narrow locks wind just after them. The Old Royal Oak serves meals and has a nice outdoor garden.
|Norton Junction and return
||Great short trip. Wide locks. Route goes via historic Braunston Tunnel.
|Napton Junction and return
||Lovely lock-free trip through open countryside.
|Watford Locks and return
||Braunston Tunnel; Wind before Watford Locks but walk up the Watford Lock staircase.
|Calcutt and return
||Through locks and return. Open countryside.
2 Day Routes
||Total Time Hrs
|Crick and back
||Watford Lock staircase with two tunnels each way. Wide and narrow locks.
|Fenny Compton and Back
||Narrow locks with open countryside.
|Leamington Spa and back
||Lovely route with wide locks through mid-Warwickshire countryside. Make time to look in and explore Leamington Spa or visit the town’s swimming pool whilst boats wind just after The Tiller Pin.
|Hawkesbury Junction and back
||Narrow locks sometimes paired. the historic Newbold Tunnel is lit. Stretton-under-Fosse swing bridge and Hawkesbury Stop Lock.
|Rugby and back
||Explore the historic market town of Rugby which includes Webb Ellis Rugby Museum, World Rugby Hall of Fame and
|Stoke Bruerne and back
||Great trip but needs a Friday start and long daylight hours. Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum.
|Stretton Stop and back
||Webb Ellis Rugby Museum, World Rugby Hall of Fame and
Rugby School in Rugby
|Weedon and back
||Wide locks. Trip includes passing through the historic Braunston Tunnel. Playing field at Weedon and Visitor Centre at the old The Royal Ordnance Depot
5 Day Routes
7 Day Routes
10 Day Routes
Things to consider when planning your route
- You cannot hurry things on the canals – just think that this pace of life is all part of the joy of canal boating.
- Where you go and what you do depends on your group and the time of year.
- Trying to do too much can make a trip less enjoyable.
- The maximum speed limit on the canals is 4 mph. You will probably average no more than 3 mph.
- The Canal & River Trust allows no cruising during the hours of darkness, so think of cruising for no more than around 6 to 8 hours each day.
- At certain times of the year, the canals are much busier, so your progress may be slowed.
- There are far fewer hours of daylight in the winter months.
- Your crew will want to get off the boat and explore the surroundings.
- A lock can take as much as 15-20 minutes to negotiate and you should therefore count each lock as the equivalent in cruising time as about one mile.
- At busy times you may be in a queue at a lock.
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.