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Banbury& return

Guides: P7, N1, L17
7 nights, 5 hours per day, 50 locks

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.


Oxford & return

Guides: P7, N1, L18
10/11 nights, 6 hours per day, 82 locks

Continue 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.

Tourist Information 01865 726871


Stoke Bruerne & return

Guides: P7, N1, L17 & 18
7 nights, 4+ hours per day, 30 locks

This is essentially a rural route that incorporates several very impressive 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.


Warwickshire Ring

Guides: P6, N3, L13
7 nights, 8+ hours per day, 107 locks

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 and the Snow Dome at Tamworth 08705 000011 offer activities for all the family. 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 .


Market Harborough & return

Guides: P7, N1, L14
7 nights, 5 hours per day, 50 locks

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.


Leicester or East Midlands Ring

Guides: P7, N1 & N3, L14 & L18
14 nights, 5 hours per day, 100 locks

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.


Aylesbury & return

Guides: P7, N1, L18

7/10 nights, 8 hours per day, 96 locks

A good route for the first timer, through delightful countryside, taking in the Great Ouse Aqueduct at Cosgrove, Milton Keynes then arriving at Aylesbury, with the attractive old town centre just a short walk from the canal basin.



Cropredy & return

Guides: P7, N1, L17
7 nights, 6 hours per day, 40 locks

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