Our Canal Boat Holiday Locations

We have the following locations for you to start your Canal Boat Holiday from.

Aldermaston | Alvechurch | Anderton | Blackwater | Falkirk | Gailey | Gayton | Goytre | Hilperton | March | Market Harborough | Reedley | Rugby | Whitchurch | Worcester | Wrenbury |

 

Aldermaston Wharf

Address : Padworth, Reading. Berkshire RG7 4JS

Directions

By Road : Leave the M4 at junction 12 and at the roundabout take the first exit onto the A4, Bath Road.At the next roundabout take the second exit following A4, Bath Road.Again at the next roundabout take the second exit following A4, Bath Road.At the next roundabout take the second exit following A340, Basingstoke Road.Take a left turn on Wharfside and the marina office is straight ahead.

By Rail : The nearest railway station is Aldermaston which is 300 metres away. For more information about train timetables and ticket costs please go to www.thetrainline.com

By Air : London Heathrow airport is 40 miles away (45 minutes by car), and Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports are all linked to Reading by motorway and bus services

Things to do :

Windsor Castle - An official residence of HM The Queen Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Visit the State Apartments and marvel at the vast amount of treasures from the Royal collection. Take a guided tour which gives you a chance to take a glance at life at this magnificent castle.

Reading - For a shoppers paradise visit The Oracle which is situated in the heart of the town centre which combines chic boutiques with major department stores. For a vast choice of dining experiences visit one of the many Riverside restaurants, cafes and bars which stretch along banks of the River Kennet.

Oxford - Visit the City of Dreaming Spires and marvel at the unique blend of traditional and modern culture. As well as the beauty of the city's world famous colleges Oxford offers a host of tourist attractions and a vast selection of restaurants and pubs which give this historic city a vibrant and cosmopolitan feel.

The Roman Baths - Built by the Romans as a magnificent temple and bathing complex visit this World Heritage Site and meet the Roman costumed characters. Walk in their footsteps and hear the stories from the people who lived and worked there 2,000 years ago.

 

Alvechurch Marina

Address : Scarfield Road, Alvechurch, Worcestershire. B48 7SQ

Directions

By Road : The marina is on the western edge of the village of Alvechurch, close to the railway station.

Exit the M42 at Junction 2 (to Birmingham South, Redditch).Take the A441 towards Birmingham for 1/2 mile.

At mini-roundabout take 1st exit (to Alvechurch) for 1 mile. At mini-roundabout go straight on (slightly to left), 2nd exit (to Alvechurch).Pass under the motorway and continue into the village for 1/2 mile, straight across the mini-roundabout. Immediately after the pedestrian traffic lights turn right.

Brown marina sign on the left points towards the marina. Pass over a double hump-backed bridge (the railway, then the canal) and the marina entrance is 100m on the left.

By Rail : From London: Go to London (Euston) station and take the train to Birmingham (New Street) station. On weekdays and Saturdays trains depart every 30 minutes and the journey time is about 90 minutes.

At Birmingham (New Street) change trains to the local service to Redditch. This service operates every 30 minutes and journey time is about 40 minutes. Alvechurch is an unmanned station which is the last stop before Redditch. The marina is only about 300 metres from the station.

On the road outside the station turn left and go over the railway and canal bridges and we are 100 metres on the left. If you need assistance with luggage when you arrive at Alvechurch station please send one of your party ahead to the marina to request assistance.

For information about train timetables and ticket costs for all mainline rail transport please go to www.thetrainline.com.

By Air : From Birmingham International Airport: Take a taxi to the marina (about 30 minutes). From Luton, Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted:

Take the inter-airport coach service to Birmingham International Airport then take a taxi as above. Alternatively, make your way to London (Euston) and take a train as above.

Things to do :

Black Country Museum - See the historic building brought to life and meet the characters who lived and worked in bygone times, there will be a warm welcome awaiting you at the Bottle and Glass where you can try a traditional pint of Black Country Real Ale.

Cadburys World - At the world famous chocolate factory take a tour and see the your favourite chocolate being made, visit the museum and learn the history of chocolate from the Aztec's to present day.

Warwick Castle - Be a guest at a house party hosted by Daisy, Countess of Warwick meet Daisy and her friends preparing for their party, visit the dungeons or enter the labyrinth of lost soles.

Drayton Manor - Packed with great rides and set in 280 acres of parkland it features some of Europe's wettest and scariest rides including The Shockwave, a stand up roller-coaster, Apocalypse and Pandemonium a ride to turn your world upside down.

The Snow Dome - Have really great fun on real snow have a skiing or snowboarding lesson and let the children play in the children's play-area or on the mini ice rink

 

Anderton Marina

Address : Uplands Road, Anderton, Cheshire. CW9 6AJ

Directions

By Road : Anderton is situated in Cheshire, just north of Northwich, and close to the Anderton Boat Lift.

From the M6 junction with the M56, take the M56 (West). Exit the M56 at junction 10. Take the A559 (signed Northwich) for 3 miles. Turn right (signed Comberbach and Anderton Boat Lift).

Continue through Comberbach and past Marbury Country Park, towards Anderton. The marina is on the left, 1/4 mile after the Anderton village sign.

By Rail : From Manchester, take the train to Northwich station. From London and the south, take the train to Crewe, and then change for the service to Hartford station.

From Northwich or Hartford stations,

take a taxi to the marina. If there are no taxis waiting, information on taxi firms can be found at the payphone at the station.

Taxi information is detailed below. For information about train timetables and ticket costs for all mainline rail transport please go to www.thetrainline.com.

By Air : From Manchester Airport, take a taxi to the boatyard. Please contact the taxi companies directly for an estimated fare.

Things to do :

Anderton Boat Lift - Visit the boat lift and visitor centre and marvel at the 60ft high hydraulic lift system which transports narrowboats from the Trent and Mersey canal to the River Weaver.

Chester - Famous for the magnificent cathedral and for the city walls explore the Roman Amphitheatre and take a tour of the city with a real Roman.

Chester Cathedral - A magnificent building with a rich and fascinating heritage it contains the most complete Medieval monastic complex still standing in the UK take a tour and visit the 13th Century Refectory Cafe or browse the Cathedral Shop

Chester Zoo - With over 7000 animals to visit and to learn about a visit to Chester Zoo is an unique experience, hundreds of different types of plants reflect the natural habitats of some of the more exotic species.

Manchester - A dramatic mix of old and new with outstanding shopping, eating, drinking and nightlife the city has something to offer everyone. Visit Old Trafford home to one of the most famous football teams in the world or view one of the many museums or art galleries

 

Blackwater Meadow Marina

Address : Birch Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire. SY12 9DD

Directions

By Road : Blackwater Meadow Marina is situated in Ellesmere, Shropshire, approximately 16 miles North West of Shrewsbury. North and South take the M54/A5 towards Shrewsbury, and then follow A528 to Ellesmere. On arrival in Ellesmere, follow signs for town centre.

Turn left just after the garage, and enter one-way system. The Marina is sign-posted left. You are now on Birch Road and the marina is situated approximately half a mile on the left.

By Rail : From London Euston station to Shrewsbury, then change and take train to Chester, which passes through Gobowen. Leave train at Gobowen and take Taxi to Blackwater Meadow Marina (5 miles).

By Air : n/a

Things to do :

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - Built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop and opened in 1805 it spans 1000 feet over the Dee Valley, cross over in a narrow boat and experience the feeling of being suspended in mid air.

Llangollen - World famous for the annual International Musical Eisteddfod when each July over 4,000 competitors from more than fifty countries come together in a gala of song, music and dance.

Chirk Aqueduct - 70ft high with ten huge circular arches spanning the River Ceiriog it is flanked by an equally sturdy railway viaduct and was completed in 1801 by its architects and builders Thomas Telford and William Jessop.

Chirk Castle - Owned by the National Trust this rectangular Marches fortress has spectacular views over the surrounding countryside view the award winning gardens.

Chester Zoo - With over 7000 animals to visit and to learn about a visit to Chester Zoo is an unique experience, hundreds of different types of plants reflect the natural habitats of some of the more exotic species.

 

Falkirk Wharf

Address : Lime Road, Tamfour Hill, Falkirk. FK1 4RS

Directions

By Road : Take the A8 road for Glasgow and the west. At Newbridge roundabout take the M9 west for Stirling.Take the slip road off for Falkirk (Junction 5). Signs on the M9 indicate you should continue straight ahead for the Falkirk Wheel, but if you do not leave the motorway at junction 5 you will end up at the wrong car park.Once off at junction 5, follow the signs for the Falkirk Wheel/Mariner Centre, which will take you past Falkirk Football Stadium and an ASDA distribution centre.This will eventually bring you to the Rosebank Beefeater restaurant at the Forth and Clyde Canal.At the roundabout here take a left and cross the canal (signposted for the Falkirk Wheel Service and disabled entrance).Immediately across the canal at the mini roundabout turn right. You will now be driving with the canal on your right hand side and can follow the yellow AA Falkirk Wheel signs from here.At the second mini roundabout you come to (with the Union Inn in front of you), go left up the hill and then take the first right.At the next mini roundabout, turn right to enter the Falkirk Wheel site, park on the right, come down the hill, walk through reception, turn right and our office is facing you. The base is adjacent to the magnificent Falkirk Wheel visitor centre.

By Rail : From Glasgow Queen Street or Edinburgh station take a train to either Falkirk High or Falkirk Grahamston station (about 30 minutes). The most frequent service is to Falkirk High Station. Either station in Falkirk is a short taxi journey to the Falkirk Wheel. For information about train timetables and ticket costs for all mainline rail transport please go to www.thetrainline.com

By Air : Landing at either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport you can take a bus to the city centre and then a train as above. From Edinbugh airport a taxi directly to Falkirk takes about 30 minutes.

Things to do :

Falkirk - Take a trip on the stunning Falkirk Wheel the world's first rotating boat lift. Opened in 2002 by the Queen this remarkable lift is a piece of working art and a monument to the future. Experience the thrill of the Wheel as you are lifted 115 ft from the Forth and Clyde to the Union Canal. The town of Falkirk has a number of historical buildings, museums and galleries to visit.

Callendar House - Telling stories that span 600 years of Scottish history this house has played host to many great historical figures over the centuries, including Mary, Queen of Scots, Cromwell and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Experience life in the 1820s and sample authentic Georgian food and discover what life was like below stairs as the kitchen staff go about their daily tasks. Pop into the gift shop or the The Park Gallery and stay for a cream tea at the Teashop at the Stables.

Edinburgh - Steeped in history and a thriving cultural scene the City of Edinburgh offers the perfect balance between all things traditional and contemporary. Enjoy whisky tasting and experience for yourself the varying aromas and flavours at the Whisky Heritage Centre. Meet an expert who will help you select the perfect dram visit the shop with its large collection of Whiskies. At Our Dynamic Earth be shaken by volcanoes, fly over glaciers, feel the chill of polar ice, and even get caught in a tropical rainstorm. Explore our planet's past and present, take your crew seat in the all new Future Dome to travel forward in time to debate our planet's future.

Glasgow - The city is one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan destinations in Europe and is set against a backdrop of outstanding Victorian architecture many designed in the unique style of Rennie Mackintosh. Glasgow boasts world famous art collections, numerous museums and galleries and the best shopping in the United Kingdom outside London. For young and old a visit to the Science Centre is a must, view the hundreds of interactive exhibits and take a ride skywards on the Glasgow Tower for unrivalled views of the city and surrounding countryside. At The Museum of Transport learn the history of transport from the first motor car to the ship building on the River Clyde. See the oldest surviving pedal cycle and the finest collection in the world of Scottish-built cars including such world famous makes as Argyll, Arrol Johnson and Albion.

Port Dundas - an area of Glasgow developed as a canal basin and forming the terminus of the Forth and Clyde Canal. Boats can reach the attractive old Canal Company offices at Spiers Wharf, now a modern new development. The port will be of great interest to canal and industrial archaeology enthusiasts.

 

Gailey Wharf

Address : Gailey, Near Stafford. ST19 5PR

Directions

By Road : If you are approaching by the M6 motorway or from the east, exit the M6 at junction 12.Take the A5 westbound, heading towards Telford. After 1/2 mile you will pass a lay-by on the left followed by a speed camera.

The boatyard entrance is on the left immediately after the speed camera road markings. If you miss it, continue 1/2 mile to the roundabout and back track. If you are approaching from the West take the A5 heading eastbound towards the M6 from the Gailey roundabout (the A449/A5 junction).

After 1/2 mile you'll pass a petrol station on your left, look right for a round tower house. The boatyard entrance is on the right immediately after the canal bridge.

By Rail : The nearest main line rail stations are Wolverhampton (from the South) or Stafford (from the North). Both have taxi ranks and the boatyard is about 8 miles distance. The village of Penkridge has a local branch line rail station with infrequent connections from either Wolverhampton or Stafford, but there is no taxi rank. There is a taxi service in the village centre. The boatyard is 3 miles distance. For information about train timetables and ticket costs for all mainline rail transport please go to www.thetrainline.com.

By Air : From Birmingham International and East Midlands take a National Express coach or train to either Stafford or Wolverhampton then taxi the last 7 miles to the Marina. Taxis should be waiting outside stations / coach depot. Please see www.nationalexpress.com for details on national coach travel.

Things to do :

Stourport Basins - discover the historic heart of Stourport-on-Severn and its unique origins as a canal town. The Stourport Canal Basins are made up of five historic basins and are home to nearly 100 beautifully painted and colourful narrow boats.

Tardebigge - the thirty locks in the Tardebigge Flight make it the largest flight of locks in Britain and raise the Worcester and Birmingham Canal up 220 feet through some delightful countryside. Complete this feat of engineering and get a real feeling of satisfaction as you look back on this magnificent flight of locks.

Gas Street Basin - the hub of Birmingham's canal system and well worth a visit for its range of waterside pubs and to see the pretty canal boats moored there.

Cadbury World - at the world famous chocolate factory take a tour and see the your favourite chocolate being made. Visit the museum and learn the history of chocolate from the Aztec's to present day.

Black Country Museum - see the historic building brought to life and meet the characters who lived and worked in bygone times. There will be a warm welcome awaiting you at the Bottle and Glass where you can try a traditional pint of Black Country Real Ale.

 

Gayton Marina

Address : Blisworth Arm, Northamptonshire. NN7 3ER

Directions

By Road : The marina is situated off the Gayton to Milton Malsor Road, adjacent to the A43. However, there is no direct access from the A43. Unless noted below, ignore signs to Gayton village.After 2 miles turn right towards Blisworth for 1mile.

In the centre of Blisworth turn left just past Royal Oak pub (200m) towards Northampton. Do not turn into Chapel Lane.Turn left in front of a row of thatched cottages into Northampton Road (to Milton Malsor) for 1 mile.Turn left at the staggered crossroad (to Rothersthorpe & Gayton).Immediately after the bridge over the A43, turn left at the T-junction.Go over the canal bridge and the marina is 300m on the left.

From the M1, exit at junction 15A and take the A43 towards Northampton for 1/4 mile.At roundabout turn left (to Rothersthorpe & Pattishall) for 2 miles to Rothersthorpe.

At the crossroads turn left (to Milton Malsor & Blisworth).After going over the second canal bridge, the marina is 300m on the left.

By Rail : Take the train to Northampton station and then a taxi to the marina (about 5 miles). Please contact the taxi company directly for a fare estimate. For information about train timetables and ticket costs for all mainline rail transport please go to www.thetrainline.com.

By Air : From Luton, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted or Birmingham: There are a number of options including rail or coach to Northampton. For information on taxi companies see below. Please contact the taxi companies directly for an estimated fare.

Things to do :

Gayton - The pretty village is set in the Northamptonshire countryside with views to the upper Nene Valley close to the Northampton arm of The Grand Union Canal the village name is linked to the canal and gives its name to Gayton Junction where the Northampton Arm leads to the River Nene.

Milton Keynes - A new city and a place that combines fun and enjoyment of city living with leisure activities see the world famous Concrete Cows designed by Canadian born artist Liz Leyh.

Foxton Locks - Situated on the Grand Union Canal the flight of locks at Foxton was built in 1810 by W H Gwynne a very popular location with boaters, walkers and cyclists visit the Foxton Museum or watch the colourful boats make their way through the locks.

Warwick - Situated on the banks of the River Avon and famous for its historic buildings and for the vast array of antique shops, second hand bookshops, cafes and restaurants the town is famous for the annual Mop Fair and Runaway Mop Fairs which first started nearly seven hundred years ago. The Grand Union Canal runs through the town and joins two of England's largest cities Birmingham and London

Oxford - Is known the world over as the city of dreaming spires and is home to one of Europe's most revered Universities Oxford today offers many shopping opportunities from the well-known high street names to the interesting Victoria Markets.

 

Goytre Wharf

Address : Llanover, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. NP7 9EW

Directions

By Road : Goytre Wharf is located off the A4042, between Abergavenny and Pontypool. From the Midlands and North, travel to Abergavenny on the A40.

At the roundabout approaching Abergavenny, take the first (sharp) left exit from the roundabout onto the A4042, signposted to Pontypool and Newport.

Follow this road for about 3 miles through the village of Llanellen, to the village of Llanover. The road goes through the village, and just past the lowest point, take the right turn, signposted Pencroesoped (the sign is quite hard to see). You will find the turning into Goytre Wharf after approximately one mile, signposted on the left.

From the South and West leave the M4 at junction 25a westbound, or 26 eastbound, onto the A4042 signposted to Cwmbran and Abergavenny. Follow the signs for Abergavenny, past the access roundabouts for Cwmbran, Pontypool and New Inn. Turn left at the second roundabout after McDonalds, signposted to Mamhilad. Follow this country road for almost three miles, when Goytre Wharf will be found on your right.

After turning into Goytre Wharf, follow the road to the clearing in the wood. Before reaching the aqueduct, you will see the marina above the old kiln works, just after the British Waterways notice board. Turn right up the short hill into the marina car park.

By Rail : The nearest rail stations are Abergavenny or Pontypool, where you will be just a short taxi ride away (please contact the taxi companies directly for an estimated fare).

If travelling from the North or Midlands you will need to change at Hereford, or if travelling from the South or London (London Paddington), you will need to change at Newport.

For information about train timetables and ticket costs for all mainline rail transport, please go to www.thetrainline.com.

By Air : From London airports, make your way via the London Underground, bus or taxi, to London Paddington station. From there follow the rail directions above. From Bristol, either take a taxi directly (1hr 15min) or travel by rail to either station mentioned above.

From Birmingham International, take the train to Birmingham New Street Station, then follow the train directions above.

Things to do :

Goytre - An ideal location to view the majestic beauty of the Welsh countryside. Discover the hidden valley of Cwm Lasgarn which literally translates to the valley of the pile of blue stones or make the arduous climb to the summit of Mynydd Garn Wen - one of the highest peaks in Monmouthshire.

Abergavenny - This vibrant and unspoilt market town acts as the Gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park. Moor up and visit Abergavenny Museum which is set in the grounds of a ruined Norman Castle. Enjoy a picnic in the grounds during the summer or take a stroll past the castle and into the castle meadows, these large meadows take you past the River Usk and to the bridge at Llanfois.

Brecon - Explore the narrow streets and passageways which are lined with Georgian and Jacobean shop fronts. Visit the Cathedral built by the half brother of William the Conqueror after he captured the town in 1094. Learn about the area at The Brecon Cathedral Heritage Centre which tells a fascinating story of local history.

Breacon Beacon National Park - Situated between south and mid-Wales and covering an area of 520 sq miles the park contains some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain. A perfect location for riding, walking or biking with spectacular scenery and wealth of wildlife . Climb Pen y Fan the highest point in southern Britain or Fforest Fawr where you will marvel at the water rushing from the hills in its many spectacular waterfalls.

Crickhowell - A pretty market town snuggling between the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons in a beautiful valley within the National Park. Well worth a visit for its array of shops and superb restaurants and for the adventurous spend a day at the Mountain Water outdoor activity centre.

 

Hilperton Marina

Address : Hammond Way, Trowbridge, Wiltshire. BA14 8RS

Directions

By Road : Located between Staverton and Hilperton Marsh, the marina is indicated by a narrowboat symbol on a local brown tourist road sign. Exit the M4 at junction 17, and take the A350 (Chippenham) to Melksham. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit - Holt B3107.

Turn left immediately after the Toll Gate pub (Staverton / Hilperton / Trowbridge).

From Staverton, follow the brown local road signs. Hilperton Marina, Hammond Way is at the junction of the B3105 and B3106. Check in at the glass walled building on stilts, at the side of the canal.

By Rail : The nearest rail station is Trowbridge, where we are just a short taxi ride away. Trowbridge rail station can be reached from London Waterloo, or Bath.

For information about train timetables and ticket costs, for all mainline rail transport please go to www.thetrainline.com.

By Air : From London airports: Make your way via the London Underground, bus or taxi to London Waterloo station. From there take a train to Trowbridge as above. From Bristol: Take a taxi to the marina (about 45 minutes).

Things to do :

Hilperton - One of the Uks largest villages in the county of Wiltshire and separated from Trowbridge by only a few fields the Kennett and Avon weaves through the village leading to spectacular scenery between the Thames and the River Avon at Bristol.

Bath - Visitors to Bath can take advantage of the many waterside walks from the gentle tow paths of the beautiful Kennett and Avon Canal to the banks of the River Avon Walk follow in the footsteps of the Romans at the Roman Baths marvel at The Royal Crescent one of Bath's best known landmarks.

Bristol - A vibrant 21st century city and a relaxing waterside destination most famous for the engineering feats of Isambard Kingdom Brunel no visit would be complete without a walk across the Clifton Suspension Bridge marvel at the Floating Harbour one of England's most exciting arts and entertainment centres view SS Great Britain and spend hours of fun at the premier leisure destination At-Bristol.

Reading - Enjoy a stroll along the Thameside Promenade and admire the many swans that gather near Caversham Bridge or stroll along the towpaths of the River Thames and the Kennet & Avon Canal the town is famous for its association with the writer Oscar Wilde, who was imprisoned at Reading (HM Prison) and after his release wrote 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol' now famous for two annual music festivals the Reading Festival and WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) the town also has a number of arts centres with concert halls and galleries

Newbury - Situated on the River Kennett and the Kennett and Avon Canal and surrounded by the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the downland to the south rises providing views which include Watership Down, made famous in the novel by Richard Adams, the town centre contains many 17th century buildings and is well known for the racecourse and the adjoining former USAF airbase at Greenham Common. Newbury - Situated on the River Kennett and the Kennett and Avon Canal and surrounded by the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the downland to the south rises providing views which include Watership Down, made famous in the novel by Richard Adams, the town centre contains many 17th century buildings and is well known for the racecourse and the adjoining former USAF airbase at Greenham Common.

 

Fox's Marina

Address : Fox's Marina, 10 Marina Drive, March, Cambs. PE15 0AU

Directions

By Road : In the town of March take a left turn at the roundabout on the A141 (Isle of Ely Way), onto Whittlesey Rd and then take the 1st left onto Marina drive. The marina is on your right

By Rail : The nearest station is in the town of March about 30 minutes walk or 3 minutes by taxi

By Air : London Stansted is the closest airport at 46.5 miles away

Things to do :

Ely- The attractive waterfront is a focal point for boating, cyclists and walkers. The city is well known for its cathedral, whose famous lantern tower can be seen for miles around both day and night. Antique centres are predominantly found among the ancient narrow streets. A short uphill walk and you will find yourself in the City of Ely itself. The attractive waterfront is a focal point for boating, cyclists and walkers. The city is well known for its cathedral, whose famous lantern tower can be seen for miles around both day and night. Antique centres are predominantly found among the ancient narrow streets. A short uphill walk and you will find yourself in the City of Ely itself.

Peterborough- Entertainment for the whole family is available at Ferry Meadows Country Park which has a watersports centre and lakes for fishing, boating and sailing. Queensgate shopping centre and the theatre is alongside the embankment. Nene Valley Railway is worth a visit as an international steam railway and home to Thomas the Tank Engine. Entertainment for the whole family is available at Ferry Meadows Country Park which has a watersports centre and lakes for fishing, boating and sailing. Queensgate shopping centre and the theatre is alongside the embankment. Nene Valley Railway is worth a visit as an international steam railway and home to Thomas the Tank Engine.

Cambridge - A beautiful university city renowned for its colleges, chapels and gardens, some dating back to the 13th C. Punt down the river, stroll around the streets or tour one of the many museums. A beautiful university city renowned for its colleges, chapels and gardens, some dating back to the 13th C. Punt down the river, stroll around the streets or tour one of the many museums.

Huntingdon - A visit to Huntingdon with its superb English Heritage is a memorable experience. 'The Friars' was believed to be the home of Oliver Cromwell. The Cromwell Museum contains some interesting exhibits of life during our Civil Wars. A visit to Huntingdon with its superb English Heritage is a memorable experience. 'The Friars' was believed to be the home of Oliver Cromwell. The Cromwell Museum contains some interesting exhibits of life during our Civil Wars.

 

Union Wharf

Address : The Canal Basin, Leicester Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. LE16 7UW

Directions

By Road : Leave the M1 at Junction 20 and take the A4304 sign-posted Market Harborough.Travel for approximately 12 miles and you will arrive in Market Harborough.Follow signs for town centre. Turn left at mini-roundabout.

Follow one-way system and at T-Junction turn left.Leaving the town centre behind you go through a chicane and continue up the hill passing the 'Police station' on the left.

Just before the 'Union Inn Hotel' (pub) turn left and follow the road around until you reach the car park.The marina office is on the right hand side.

By Rail : The nearest rail station in Market Harborough is less than a mile from the marina. A 3 minute taxi ride or a 15 minute walk. For more information about train timetables and ticket costs please go to www.thetrainline.com

By Air : Please use the train or National Express for transfers from airports. For more information please visit www.nationalexpress.com

Things to do :

Market Harborough - Located on the borders of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire this is a busy market town mid-way between Leicester and Northampton a branch of the Canal was opened in 1809 and joins The Grand Union Canal and The Grand Union Leicester Line at the nearby Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks - Situated on the Grand Union Canal the flight of locks at Foxton was built in 1810 by W H Gwynne a very popular location with boaters, walkers and cyclists visit the Foxton Museum or watch the colourful boats make their way through the locks. Visit the museum

Leicester - There are two waterways running through the town the the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal. No visit to Leicester would be be complete without a visit to The Golden Mile which is packed with shops and traders selling South Asian food, clothing and jewellery. The has been a Market in Leicester for over 700 years and it is now Europe's largest covered market.

Space Centre - The National Space Centre is the only visitor attraction solely dedicated to space learn facts and mythical information about the planets and go on an interactive journey through six stunning galleries to explore the Universe.

Crick - Nestling in the Northamptonshire countryside and on the Grand Union Canal once a year this picturesque and quaint village becomes a hive of activity when the annual Boat Show is held enjoy the free boat trips or stroll along the tow-paths to the many pretty pubs and restaurants.

 

Reedley Marina

Address : Reedley Marina, Barden Ln, Burnley BB12 0DX, United Kingdom

Directions

By Road :

By Rail : There is a railway station in Burnley, take a taxi to the Marina

By Air : Leeds Bradford International Airport is 36 miles away Manchester Airport is 42 miles away

Things to do :

Barnoldswick- set in stunning scenery, a quaint colourful town with the Canal meandering through. It is steeped in living history and dates back to pre-Roman times, nowadays, stone built streets surround a traditional town centre with a restful square at the heart of the community. The town is well known for its industrial heritage. Aside from having the highest point of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Barnoldswick is famous for being the place where Rolls-Royce developed the jet engine in the second World War. There's also the town's most iconic landmark - Bancroft Mill with its working steam engine. Barnoldswick is bursting with bustling shops which provide an individual service for discerning visitors.

Saltaire- this beautiful village has World Heritage status - named after Sir Titus Salt who sited his textile mills beside the Canal and built the village for his workers.

Riddlesden - Visit East Riddlesden Hall a national trust property , Imagine stepping 400 years back in time into the home of a 17th-century cloth merchant. .Experience the tranquillity that is East Riddlesden Hall. In contrast to the atmospheric exterior. The house is home to a wonderful array of seventeenth century needlework and original exquisite plasterwork ceilings created by local craftsmen. The intimate gardens, with an ever-changing palette of colour, offer a peaceful space to relax and unwind in. . The hobbit house is waiting to be discovered and there's no better place to spot wildlife than at the bird hide. East Riddlesden Hall is the perfect place to spend a morning or afternoon.

Skipton- 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, romantic ruined priory and historic cobbled High Street.

 

Rugby Marina

Address : Consul Road, Rugby. CV21 1NR

Directions

By Road : If you are approaching from the Southeast or Northwest via the M6 motorway exit at junction 1.Take the A426 towards Rugby. Go straight across the first four roundabouts passing under a disused railway viaduct.

Then go right around the roundabout and come back towards the viaduct. Consul Road is the first left by the Peugeot garage.

The boatyard entrance is 200 yards on the right.

If you are approaching from the North via the M1 motorway exit junction 20.Take the A427 towards Lutterworth/Rugby.Turn left at the traffic lights onto A426 Rugby for 4 miles.At the junction of the A426 and M6 motorway follow instructions as above.If you are approaching from the South via the A426 you will come through the village of Dunchurch.Take all signs that direct you to the M6 North.

Follow the road towards Rugby town centre (A426) and still keep following all the signs to M6 North. This will eventually bring you to Avon Mill Roundabout.Turn right at this roundabout and travel up the dual carriageway, turning left just past the viaduct onto Consul Road.

(Consul Road is the first left after the viaduct) The boatyard entrance is 200 yards on the right.

By Rail : You can either take a taxi to the marina from Rugby train station or walk, although it is 40 minutes.

For information about train timetables and ticket costs for all mainline rail transport please go to www.thetrainline.com.

By Air : From Birmingham, Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Nottingham, Coventry or East Midlands use either the train or National Express to get to the centre of Rugby then get a taxi to the base. Please see www.nationalexpress.com for details on national coach travel.

Things to do :

Rugby - Visit the School's Close where William Webb Ellis first picked up the ball and the game of Rugby began. Rugby town centre is an ideal place for a relaxed and enjoyable shopping expedition with a wide range of shops and stores on offer also a brilliant selections of places to eat and drink.

Braunston - Where the Grand Union and Oxford Canal meet a perfect place to moor and watch the brightly coloured narrow boats pass by. Walk into the village of Braunston and have lunch and a pint of real ale at one of the village locals. Braunston - where the Grand Union and Oxford Canal meet a perfect place to moor and watch the brightly coloured narrow boats pass by. Walk into the village of Braunston and have lunch and a pint of real ale at one of the village locals.

Banbury - Take a tour of the Tooley's Boatyard and view the dry dock, forge and machine workshop to discover what life is like in a busy working Boatyard. Bring the nursery rhyme to life with a visit to Banbury Cross where you can see the famous statue 'View the Fine Lady Upon a White Horse'

Stoke Bruerne - Visit The Canal Museum where you can learn how the engineers plotted the route of the canal and how the Blisworth Tunnel was built. Take a walk along The Grand Union Canal Walk which follows the canal go south to Grafton Regis or north over Blisworth Hill following the old toll road.

Foxton Locks - Moor up and walk along the tow-path which leads you past fields of grazing sheep and cattle. Walk to the to the top of the staircase locks and watch the colourful boats make their halting progress up the flight of locks. Visit the museum and learn how life would be for the canal folk who lived and worked on the narrow boats.

 

Whitchurch Marina

Address : Wrexham Road, Whitchurch. SY13 3AA

Directions

By Road : If you are approaching from the north via the A41 or A49, you need to follow signs for Wrexham (A525) as you get nearer to Whitchurch. This will take you on a new bypass to the west of Whitchurch.

When you reach the roundabout junction with the A525, take the Wrexham last exit. The entrance to 'Viking Afloat' is only 50 yards away, to the right.

If you are approaching from the East on the A525, you need to follow signs for Wrexham (A525) as you get nearer to Whitchurch.

This will take you on a new bypass to the south, and then West of Whitchurch.

When you reach the roundabout junction with the A525, take the Wrexham (first) exit. The entrance to Viking Afloat is only 50 yards on the right.

If you are travelling from the South on the A41 (A449) as you approach Whitchurch turn left at the roundabout following signs for Wrexham (A525). Go straight across the next roundabout still following signs for Wrexham (A525).At the A525 junction turn left at the roundabout and Viking Afloat is 50 yards along on the right.

If you are approaching Whitchurch from the West (A525), approximately 1 mile after the junction with the A495 (Oswestry), the road is carried over the canal and you will find the entrance to Viking Afloat 100 yards past the canal bridge, on the left just 50 yards before the roundabout joining the Whitchurch bypass.

By Rail : The nearest train station is Whitchurch, Shropshire. You will need to get a taxi from here to the base. For information about train timetables and ticket costs for all mainline rail transport please go to www.thetrainline.com.

By Air : Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham airports are all 1 hour away. You will need to take the train to Crewe or Shrewsbury and then change for Whitchurch.

There is no direct National Express coach to Whitchurch, so you will need to take the coach to Nantwich (9.7 miles away) or Crewe (13 miles away) and then take the train.

Please see www.nationalexpress.com for details on national coach travel.

Things to do :

Chester - Step off the pages of history and take a tour of Chester with a real Roman and learn what everyday life would have been like in Roman Chester. Discover 1,000 of shops behind the magnificent black and white buildings in Chester's high street and stroll around Chester's Rows where 21st century stores thrive in a Medieval setting.

Ellesmere - A pretty and historic market town nestling in the Shropshire countryside the town's architecture includes Georgian houses and half timbered buildings which offer a host of shops selling everything from antiques to fine food. At the visitors centre view the nesting Herons or take a gentle stroll around the famous Meres.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - Spanning the beautiful River Dee and Dee Valley this awe inspiring aqueduct was built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop. First Opened in 1805 it spans 1000 feet and is 125 feet high, when crossing over in a narrow boat experience the feeling of being suspended in mid air.

Llangollen - Famous the world over for the annual International Musical Eisteddfod held each July when more than 4,000 competitors from more than fifty countries come together in a gala of song, music and dance. Take a trip through some spectacular scenery on The Llangollen railway and take part in one of the many special events which are hosted throughout the year which include a real ale train trip, a visit from Santa and you can even meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends. Llangollen is a haven for shoppers as it hosts a selection of shops offering interesting and more unusual gifts.

 

Worcester Marina

Address : Lowesmoor Wharf, Lowesmoor, Worcester. WR1 2RS

Directions

By Road : If approaching from the South via the M5 motorway exit at junction 7 take the A44 to Worcester City Centre (Whittington Road then London Road).At the traffic lights in Sidbury (opposite Skellerns Motorcycleshop) turn right into City Walls Road (signposted A38 Bromsgrove).

At the first roundabout take the second exit.

After 100 metres you will come to a second roundabout where you will need to take the first exit into Pheasant Street. Drive along this road until you reach a set of traffic lights where you need to turn left into Lowesmoor.Immediately on your right is the entrance to Lowesmoor Wharf sign posted Viking Afloat. Drive in and follow the road round to the left and you will see Viking Afloat at the end of the road.

If approaching from the North via the M5 motorway exit at junction 6 take the A449 to Worcester. Follow the signs to Worcester City Centre.Follow the one-way system to the left (Sansome Walk, sign posted A38).This brings you to the traffic lights at the junction of city walks road and Lowesmoor.

Go straight over these lights and carry on to the first roundabout where you take the first exit.After 100 metres you will come to a second roundabout where you need to take the first exit into Pheasant Street. Drive along this road until you reach a set of traffic lights where you need to turn left into Lowesmoor.Immediately in your right is the entrance to Lowesmoor Wharf sign posted Viking Afloat.

Drive in and follow the road around to the left and you will see Viking Afloat at the end of the road.

By Rail : If you are approaching from Worcester Shrub Hill Railway Station which is the main line station, turn right out of the station and go down Shrub Hill Road. Then go left and walk to the mini-roundabout and follow it round to the left.

Cross Pheasant Street via the pedestrian crossing and turn right. Crossing Lowesmoor will bring the entrance to Lowesmoor Wharf directly in front of you.

Enter and follow the road around to the left and you will see the marina at the end of the road.

By Air : From Birmingham International Airport - You can take a train to Birmingham New Street and then a train to Worcester Shrub Hill (Nearest to Base) or Worcester Foregate and get a taxi to the hire base.

Or you can take a taxi direct from the Airport (About 1 hours journey) Please contact the taxi companies directly for an estimated fare. From Bristol - there is an express coach link between Bristol International Airport and Bristol railway station (Temple Meads) and bus station. Take a train from Bristol to Worcester Shrub Hill train station. You can buy rail tickets on-line at www.thetrainline.com or www.firstgreatwestern.com.

Things to do :

Worcester - Built on the banks of the River Severn the city is famous worldwide for its beautiful porcelain rich in heritage the Cathedral dominates the skyline. Worcester offers a unique shopping experience mixing the high street stores with an unrivalled choice of one-off independent retailers.

The Royal Worcester Visitor Centre - Take a guided around the Centre a learn the techniques of the skilled artists even have a go at painting your own plate. The shops stock a wide range of quality china, porcelain and gift ware with great savings.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre - Owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company attend a performance of one of the Bard's plays or take a guided a tour of the theatre.

Evesham - Situated in the centre of the Vale of Evesham the major attraction is the River Avon and is very popular for fishing, walking and boating. Since medieval times the region well known for its fruit and vegetable growing, especially asparagus and now an annual asparagus festival is held in the town.

Stourport-on-Severn - A beautiful Georgian town located on the River Severn and built solely as the consequence of the canals, The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal linked the River Severn with the Trent and Mersey and as a result Stourport became one of the busiest inland port in the Midlands. The town is a popular tourist town with many attractions and events for the whole family.

 

Wrenbury Marina

Address : Wrenbury, near Nantwich, Cheshire. CW5 8HG

Directions

By Road : Leave the M6 motorway at junction 16 and follow signs to Crewe/Nantwich. At the first roundabout, go straight ahead, signposted Nantwich/Chester. Carry straight on through 3 more roundabouts.

After the third roundabout, you will come to some traffic lights. Turn left A525 and go straight through the next set off lights. Turn right at the next set signed Whitchurch A525. Take the second turning on your left signed Whitchurch.

Go past a lake on you right, and after about three miles you will enter the small village of Aston. Turn right to Wrenbury. Follow signs for two miles, and you will come to the end of the road facing you is a school.

Turn left, and keep going 3/4 mile you will come to a lift bridge. Go over the bridge, and the Marina is on the right.

By Rail : N/A

By Air : from the London Airports, make your way either by the London Underground airport shuttle bus, or taxi to Euston Main Line rail terminal, in central London. Board the Inter-City Express to Crewe (trains depart frequently for the North West, journey time is approximately 2 hours), then travel by taxi to Wrenbury.

From Manchester International Airport, take the airport bus to Manchester Piccadilly station, which leaves every half an hour. At the station board a train for Crewe. At Crewe, take a taxi from outside the station to Wrenbury marina. Please contact taxi company for an estimate. For information about train timetables and ticket costs, for all mainline rail transport please go to www.thetrainline.com.

NB: There is a station in Wrenbury Village, but it is over 1 mile from Wrenbury Mill. There are no waiting taxis and no telephone box, from which to order one.

Things to do :

Wrenbury - The clock is turned back a few hundred year when you visit this pretty village in the heart of Cheshire. It boasts a village green and beautiful rose-covered cottages with flower filled gardens dating back to the 17th century. There are two pubs and a village stores. On this stretch of the Shropshire canal you will find a series of single-span timber bridges that are lowered and raised by counter-balancing beam weights.

Whitchurch - A bustling market town situated close to the Llangollen Canal and nearby to the superb flight of staircase locks at Grindley Brook. Visit Whitchurch Heritage Centre and spend time with J.B.Joyce, the oldest clock makers in the world. You can unearth Roman treasure and meet a musical knight - Sir Edward German, composer of 'Merrie England'

Ellesmere - Takes its name from the spectacular series of glacial meres and is why the area is locally known as the 'North Shropshire Lake District'. A perfect place for rest and relaxation or for the more active there is plenty of boating, walking or fishing. The Heron have always visited Ellesmere and you can view these majestic birds from the comfort of the indoor viewing centre. From here begin your exciting journey on the Llangollen Canal to some of the most breathtaking feats of engineering on the canal system including Thomas Telford's Pontcysyllte aqueduct and the Chirk tunnel and Chirk aqueduct.

Llangollen - Seeped in myth and legend the town is best known for hosting the International Musical Eisteddfod every July which brings in some 120,000 visitors and turns the town into a vibrant international stage. The town is a haven for shoppers looking for interesting and unusual gifts. Take a picnic up to the amazing horseshoes falls which is a pleasant stroll away these artificial falls are build on the River Dee. Take a ride on the Llangollen steam railway and view some of the country's most breathtaking scenery.

Pontycysyllte Aqueduct - Everyone should experience a trip over the Pontcysyllte aqueduct and marvel at this magnificent feat of engineering which is spans a 1000 feet and is 125 foot high. With the River Dee thundering beneath you and the Dee Valley stretching for miles it is no wonder that in June 2009 it became a World Heritage Site.

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