Popular Routes

Popular Canal Boating Routes

There is a huge choice of canal boating routes for you to do. See the choice of routes below. You can of course plan your own route or ask the experienced staff at the marinas - they are always glad to give advice. There is no set schedule - It's entirely up to you .

 
Abingdon a pretty busy 18th century mark.....
Marina : Caversham
County: Berkshire
Canal: n/a
River: Thames
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 22.00
Locks: 18

Take a cruise along the River Thames seeing historic and pretty towns on your way Abingdon on Thames , a historic market town set in rural Oxfordshire which proudly claims to .....
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Aqueducts and Llangollen and return from.....
Marina : Blackwater
County: Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 16.00
Locks: 4

In a weekend you can cruise over the famous and breathtaking aqueducts at Chirk and Pontcysyllte -a World Heritage Site, called 'the stream in the sky', to the delightful Welsh .....
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Avon ring from Alvechurch
Marina : Alvechurch
Counties: Warwickshire, Worcestershire
Canals: Stratford Upon Avon, Worcester And Birmingham
Rivers: Avon, Severn
Cruising Days: 11.00 to 15.00
Cruising Hours: 59.00
Locks: 131

A cruise along the Stratford upon Avon canal, the Rivers Avon and Severn, visiting historical towns like Worcester, Tewkesbury and Evesham, and the home of the Bard himself - .....
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Bath and Aqueducts and River Avon from H.....
Marina : Hilperton
County: Wiltshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: Avon
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 15.50
Locks: 16

Bath has been designated a 'World Heritage City' with a history stretching back to the Roman Baths after which it is named and that can still be visited today. Moorings are .....
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Birmingham cruise from Alvechurch
Marina : Alvechurch
County: Worcestershire
Canal: Worcester And Birmingham
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 9.50
Locks: 0

Cruise to Birmingham's Gas street Basin & Brindley place with it's waterside pubs and colourful boating community Experience Britain's second city, a thriving cosmopolitan .....
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Birmingham mini ring from Alvechurch
Marina : Alvechurch
County: Worcestershire
Canals: Grand Union, Worcester And Birmingham
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00 to 8.00
Cruising Hours: 25.50
Locks: 50

This Mini Ring passes through some of Britain's finest architecture, including the Gas Street Basin in Birmingham, The Birmingham NIC and National Sea Life Centre, the Birmingham .....
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Black Country Museum and return from Gai.....
Marina : Gailey
County: Staffordshire
Canals: Birmingham, Staffordshire And Worcestershire
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 19.00
Locks: 42

Cruise through the Staffordshire countryside to the Black Country Museum and Dudley Zoo and Castle The Black Country Living Museum is an open-air museum of rebuilt historic .....
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Black Country ring from Gailey
Marina : Gailey
Counties: Staffordshire, Worcestershire
Canals: Birmingham, Birmingham and Fazeley
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 42.50
Locks: 79

This Ring is jam packed with things to do if you want to explore. Moor up in the fabulous Gas street Basin in Birmingham near the Sea Life centre and Jewellery .....
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Brecon and return from Goytre through th.....
Marina : Goytre
County: Monmouthshire
Canal: Monmouthshire And Brecon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 24.50
Locks: 12

Cruise through the spectacular Brecon Beacons in the National park, follow the River Usk & its pretty valley as the canal clings to the hillside in this mountainous region. Brecon .....
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Bristol and return from Hilperton
Marina : Hilperton
County: Wiltshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: Avon
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 25.00
Locks: 28

25 hours cruising would elsewhere be considered little more than a short break, but here the route includes Bradford on Avon, Bath, Bristol and many more towns and villages that .....
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Cadbury World from Alvechurch
Marina : Alvechurch
County: Worcestershire
Canal: Worcester And Birmingham
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 9.50
Locks: 0

Cruise to Birmingham's Gas street basin & Cambrian Wharf by the Sea Life Centre with it's waterside pubs and colourful boating community, and experience Britain's second city, a .....
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Caldon Canal and Froghall basin from Sto.....
Marina : Stone
County: Staffordshire
Canals: Caldon, Trent And Mersey
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 33.00
Locks: 60

The Caldon Canal is widely seen as one of the most interesting waterways in the country. This Canal gives you a real glimpse of what the canals offer, you have a staircase lock, .....
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Canal Gems Harecastle Tunnel and Anderto.....
Marina : Stone
County: Staffordshire
Canal: Trent And Mersey
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 8.00 to 12.00
Cruising Hours: 47.00
Locks: 94

Take a lovely cruise up the Trent & Mersey Canal, a canal built to end the pottery breakages! Cruise past the potteries and through the 1.66 miles long Harecastle Tunnel where .....
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Cheshire ring from Anderton
Marina : Anderton
County: Cheshire
Canals: Bridgewater, Macclesfield
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 8.00 to 11.00
Cruising Hours: 53.00
Locks: 92

A fascinating trip that takes you through the heart of Manchester and the Peak District with its distinctive stone architecture. The Cheshire Ring is a canal cruising circuit .....
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Chester and return from Wrenbury 4 night.....
Marina : Wrenbury
County: Shropshire
Canal: Shropshire Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 21.50
Locks: 30

Take a cruise to the Roman city of Chester - there is a wealth of things to do which can be seen on foot, because of the amazing survival of the old city wall. You can walk .....
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Cotswolds towns and villages from Worces.....
Marina : Worcester
County: Worcestershire
Canal: Worcester And Birmingham
River: Avon
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 45.00
Locks: 44

Worcester has plenty to offer the visitor, including the imposing cathedral which dates from 1074. In Friar Street is Greyfriars, dating from 1480 this is one of the finest .....
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East Midlands or Leicester ring from Mar.....
Marina : Market Harborough
Counties: Derbyshire, Leicestershire
Canals: Birmingham and Fazeley, Coventry
River: Soar
Cruising Days: 15.00
Cruising Hours: 82.00
Locks: 101

Visit the new visitor Centre of Richard III in Leicester and follow the story of the most ambitious archaeological projects ever attempted: no less than a search for the lost .....
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East Midlands or Leicester Ring from Nor.....
Marina : North Kilworth
Counties: Derbyshire, Leicestershire
Canals: Birmingham and Fazeley, Coventry
River: Soar
Cruising Days: 15.00
Cruising Hours: 78.00
Locks: 101

Visit the new visitor Centre of Richard III in Leicester and follow the story of the most ambitious archaeological projects ever attempted: no less than a search for the lost .....
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East Midlands or Leicester Ring from Nor.....
Marina : North Kilworth
Counties: Derbyshire, Leicestershire
Canals: Birmingham and Fazeley, Coventry
River: Trent
Cruising Days: 10.00 to 11.00
Cruising Hours: 78.00
Locks: 101

A varied route taking in parts of the Grand Union Main Line & Leicester Line, the Oxford Canal, the River Soar, a short section of the River Trent, part of the Trent & Mersey .....
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Edinburgh and return from Falkirk
Marina : Falkirk
County: Stirlingshire
Canal: Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00 to 5.00
Cruising Hours: 26.00
Locks: 4

Edinburgh has a host of fabulous attractions, from iconic Edinburgh Castle with the Crown jewels displayed to the National Museum of Scotland & great theatres offering excellent .....
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Four Counties ring from Gailey
Marina : Gailey
County: Shropshire
Canals: Shropshire Union, Staffordshire And Worcestershire
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 8.00 to 11.00
Cruising Hours: 55.00
Locks: 94

From the Shropshire Union Canal through the rolling Cheshire Plains to the Trent & Mersey Canal, the Staffordshire & Worcester Canal and back via the Shropshire Union the Four .....
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Glasgow and return from Falkirk
Marina : Falkirk
County: Stirlingshire
Canal: Forth And Clyde
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 17.50
Locks: 10

Glasgow is one of Europe's most exciting destinations, combining the energy and sophistication of a great international city with some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. All .....
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Glasgow Edinburgh and return from Falkir.....
Marina : Falkirk
County: Stirlingshire
Canals: Forth And Clyde, Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 39.50
Locks: 16

Complete the width of Scotland, and back, visiting both cities in a one week holiday. Glasgow is one of Europe's most exciting destinations, combining the energy and .....
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Goring on the Thames from Caversham
Marina : Caversham
County: Berkshire
Canal: n/a
River: Thames
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 8.00
Locks: 6

Two ancient riverside villages separated by a river and joined by a bridge. Since Victorian times, Goring & Streatley has always been a popular holiday destination. In two .....
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Great Linford and return from Gayton
Marina : Gayton
County: Northamptonshire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 13.50
Locks: 16

Heading south along the Grand Union Canal, this route has a taste of everything even in just a weekend break. The 3rd longest tunnel at Blisworth , and the lovely village of .....
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Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle .....
Marina : Caversham
County: Berkshire
Canal: n/a
River: Thames
Cruising Days: 8.00 to 15.00
Cruising Hours: 38.75
Locks: 38

This route is packed with history, from Henley on Thames, to Windsor castle and Hampton Court Palace Henley is a fine market town and the main street runs down to the River .....
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Henley and return from Aldermaston
Marina : Aldermaston
County: Berkshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: Thames
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 20.00
Locks: 28

Cruise along the Kennet & Avon canal to the River Thames and the renowned town of Henley-on-Thames. Passing Reading you will be central for shopping or just strolling around .....
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Keighley and the Yorkshire Dales from Ba.....
Marina : Barnoldswick
County: Yorkshire
Canal: Leeds And Liverpool
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 24.50
Locks: 28

Skipton is probably the most handsome town along the Leeds and Liverpool canal and known as the gateway to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales. With its famous 900-year-old castle, .....
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Kintbury and return from Aldermaston
Marina : Aldermaston
County: Berkshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00 to 5.00
Cruising Hours: 19.50
Locks: 34

Aldermaston wharf is close to the railway station with good connections to Paddington in London, taking 55 minutes from London Paddington , or 13 minutes from Reading railway .....
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Linlithgow and Edinburgh
Marina : Falkirk
County: Stirlingshire
Canal: Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 8.50
Locks: 6

Edinburgh has a host of fabulous attractions, from iconic Edinburgh Castle with the Crown jewels displayed to the National Museum of Scotland & great theatres offering excellent .....
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Liverpool and return from Reedley
Marina : Reedley
County: Lancashire
Canal: Leeds And Liverpool
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 11.00 to 15.00
Cruising Hours: 67.00
Locks: 80

Reedley to Liverpool is a very pleasant cruise, taking you through some beautiful countryside, cruising through places such as Burnley, Blackburn and Wigan. There is plenty .....
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Llangollen and return from Whitchurch
Marina : Whitchurch
County: Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 8.00 to 8.00
Cruising Hours: 27.00
Locks: 4

The cruise is for those who want a leisurely cruise along the Llangollen Canal, exploring both the Welsh and the English sides!! This very beautiful canal is one of the most .....
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Llangollen and return from Wrenbury
Marina : Wrenbury
Counties: Cheshire, Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 37.50
Locks: 24

Cruise the whole of the Llangollen canal in a week This very beautiful canal is one of the most popular Waterways in Europe, and includes the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, .....
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Llangynidr and return from Goytre
Marina : Goytre
County: Monmouthshire
Canal: Monmouthshire And Brecon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 14.00
Locks: 0

Cruise to Llangynidr through the breathtaking scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park, surrounded by the Black mountains & overlooking the Usk valley, passing Abergavenny & .....
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Manchester and return from Anderton
Marina : Anderton
County: Cheshire
Canal: Trent And Mersey
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 16.45
Locks: 2

Rural cruise through the lovely Cheshire countryside to Timperley and catch a 15 minute tram ride into Manchester city centre where there is a wealth of culture, restaurants and .....
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Mid Worcestershire ring from Worcester
Marina : Worcester
County: Worcestershire
Canals: Droitwich, Worcester And Birmingham
River: Severn
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 14.00
Locks: 33

One of the shortest Rings in the Country, this circular route can be done over a weekend, and takes in the Roman spa town of Droitwich, and the cathedral city of Worcester, also .....
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Milton Keynes and return from Gayton
Marina : Gayton
County: Northamptonshire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 13.50
Locks: 16

Heading south along the Grand Union Canal, this route has a taste of everything even in just a weekend break. The 3rd longest tunnel at Blisworth , and the lovely village of Stoke .....
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Mon and Brecon from Goytre
Marina : Goytre
County: Monmouthshire
Canal: Monmouthshire And Brecon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 31.50
Locks: 12

Explore all 35 miles of the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal in beautiful South Wales- Brecon Beacons is a National Park of over 519 square miles of mountain and hill country, .....
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Oxford and return along the Thames from .....
Marina : Aldermaston
County: Berkshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: Thames
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 42.50
Locks: 50

Cruise along the Thames past Palladian mansions and lovely Thames towns. Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. .....
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Pewsey and return from Aldermaston
Marina : Aldermaston
County: Berkshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 43.00
Locks: 90

Starting from the small boating centre of Aldermaston Wharf, cruise west to the picturesque market town of Newbury. There are some nice pubs at the canalside village of .....
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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and return from Bl.....
Marina : Blackwater
County: Shropshire
Canal: Llangollen
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 12.50
Locks: 4

This very beautiful canal is one of the most popular Waterways in Europe, and includes the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which is one of the most spectacular and amazing feats of .....
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Shipley through Bronte Country and the Y.....
Marina : Reedley
County: Lancashire
Canal: Leeds And Liverpool
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 45.00
Locks: 66

Take a trip back in time to see life in the 19th century, with steam powered Mills powering vast Cotton Mills , pretty stone cottages, and beautiful scenery in the Yorkshire Dales .....
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Skipton and return from Reedley gateway .....
Marina : Reedley
County: Lancashire
Canal: Leeds And Liverpool
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 5.00
Cruising Hours: 26.50
Locks: 44

As the gateway to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, people travel the length and breadth of the country to visit this charming market town. With its famous 900 year old castle, .....
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Stoke on Trent and the Potteries from Po.....
Marina : Poynton
Counties: Cheshire, Staffordshire
Canal: Macclesfield
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 32.50
Locks: 32

The Staffordshire Potteries is the industrial area encompassing the six towns, Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton that now make up the city of Stoke-on-Trent in .....
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Stourport ring from Alvechurch
Marina : Alvechurch
County: Worcestershire
Canals: Birmingham, Staffordshire And Worcestershire
River: Severn
Cruising Days: 8.00 to 11.00
Cruising Hours: 51.50
Locks: 118

Offering an interesting mix of river, countryside and cities, this route will take you through the historic city of Worcester, along the River Severn to one of the prettiest .....
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Stratford on Avon from Worcester
Marina : Worcester
County: Worcestershire
Canal: Worcester And Birmingham
Rivers: Avon, Severn
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 45.00
Locks: 44

Worcester has plenty to offer the visitor, including the imposing cathedral which dates from 1074. In Friar Street is Greyfriars, dating from 1480 this is one of the finest .....
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Thames cruise to Marlow via Henley on Th.....
Marina : Caversham
County: Berkshire
Canal: n/a
River: Thames
Cruising Days: 4.00
Cruising Hours: 12.00
Locks: 7

Take a cruise on the Thames and visit lovely villages like Sonning and the re-nowned towns of Henley on Thames and Marlow. Henley is a fine market town and the main street runs .....
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Warwick and return from North Kilworth
Marina : North Kilworth
Counties: Leicestershire, Warwickshire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 42.00
Locks: 76

Most famous for its incomparable Castle, Warwick offers much, from its racecourse to the beautiful Priory Park. There is certainly enough here to fill a couple of days. Warwick .....
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Warwick Castle from Gayton Marina
Marina : Gayton
County: Northamptonshire
Canal: Grand Union
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 37.50
Locks: 76

Warwick, the county town, is famous for its magnificent castle and historic charm. There are many attractions and museums to visit in Warwick as well as beautiful parks and .....
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Warwickshire ring Rugby 7 nights
Marina : Rugby
County: Warwickshire
Canals: Birmingham and Fazeley, Coventry
River: n/a
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 54.50
Locks: 105

This route combines historic castles, like Warwick, daredevil rides at Drayton manor, toboganning or ski-ing in Tamworth, the Stairway to heaven at Hatton's 21 locks, Braunston's .....
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Windsor and return from Aldermaston
Marina : Aldermaston
County: Berkshire
Canal: Kennet And Avon
River: Thames
Cruising Days: 8.00
Cruising Hours: 35.50
Locks: 44

Cruise to the Royal town of Windsor and visit its famous castle and Legoland Go past Marlow & Henley on Thames and through Reading. Henley is a fine market town and the .....
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