Canal Holiday Cruise Routes
Planning your canal holiday cruise route
At the heart of the Canal Network
There are over 2000 miles of inland waterways in England, varying in character wherever they lie. Rose Narrowboats’ fleet is based at Stretton under Fosse, Warwickshire (see our map) at the heart of this network of waterways, giving you a generous choice of routes to cruise and places to see.
Stunning views and scenery
A one or two week cruise will allow you to travel quite a distance, either as an out-and-back trip or travelling a “Ring”. Out-and-back means that you can take your time doing whatever you want to do as long as you allow enough time to get back again (the scenery always looks different coming back the other way), whereas travelling a Ring means you have to be more watchful of your timing. But of course you will have fresh views all the way.
A Canal guide can be useful
Experience has shown that certain routes are more feasible than others and these are described in some detail under Longer Routes. Details of these routes can be found in the excellent guides which are available in our shop.
All routes start from our base on the Northern section of the Oxford Canal between Rugby and Coventry. See our map
Please note:- all of the routes listed here are purely suggested routes. You can travel where you want to subject to the time limits of your holiday booking.
You can alter these routes to suit where you want to go or even merge 2 or more routes to create your own itinerary.
Day Trip Routes
Short Break Routes
2 or 3 Night Break Routes
- 2 or 3 Night Break Routes Summary
- South to Braunston and Napton
- North to Sutton Cheney
- North to Atherstone
4 Night Break Routes
- 4 Night Break Routes Summary
- South to Crick
- South to Fenny Compton
- South to Weedon
- North to Snarestone
- North to Alvecote
One Week Routes
- One Week Routes Summary
- Grand Union to Warwick
- Ashby Canal & Oxford Canal
- Grand Union Canal to Leighton Buzzard
- Oxford Canal to Banbury
- Trent & Mersey Canal and Coventry Canal to Great Haywood
- Grand Union Canal to Market Harborough
- The Warwickshire Ring
- Trent & Mersey Canal and Coventry Canal to Burton-on-Trent
10 to 14 Day Routes
- 10 to 14 Day Routes Summary
- Oxford Canal to Oxford
- The Warwickshire Ring
- The Birmingham Ring
- The Leicester Loop
2 Week Routes
Nicholson’s Ordnance Survey Inland Waterways of Great Britain
Prices are subject to change.
We hold a wide stock of other books, maps and guides, as well as gifts and souvenirs.
Prices include postage within the United Kingdom, but please allow up to £7.50 per map or guide for postage overseas.
PEARSON’S CANAL COMPANIONS, – £14.95
Detailed and informative guides
South Midlands and Warwickshire Ring, Ashby Canal
Oxford and Grand Union Canal and Upper Thames
HERON PROJECTS MAPS, folded single sheets – £7.95
Grand Union 1 Birmingham to Fenny Stratford
Grand Union 2 Braunston to Kings Langley
Grand Union 3 Fenny Stratford to the Thames
Grand Union 4 Leicester, Soar, Erewash
Birmingham Canal Navigations
Coventry – Ashby
NICHOLSON’S ORDNANCE SURVEY GUIDES – £21.95
No. 1 London, Grand Union, Oxford and Leicester
No. 2 Severn, Avon and Birmingham
No. 3 Birmingham and the Heart of England