We have an ideal base for short breaks, whether you go north or south.
Some of our boats are available for a Friday or Monday start for short break hire
Weekend Short Break Hire – Start:- Friday 2.30pm – Finish:- Monday 9.30am
Mid-week Short Break Hire – Start:Monday 2.30pm – Finish:- Friday 9.30am
Multiples of this including 1 week Hire – Friday 2.30pm start to Friday 9.30am finish or Monday 2.30pm start to Monday 9.30am finish
or 10/11 days – Friday 2.30pm start to a week on Monday 9.30am finish = 10 days
Monday 2.30pm start to a week on Friday 9.30am finish = 11 days
Below are some short itineraries to give you an idea of what to expect and to help you plan your break.
The first one and a half hours is a meander through pretty woodland before the short tunnel at Newbold, with moorings before or after the next bridge. Here there is a pub (Barley Mow) that is nearby but set at right angles to the canal. The original cut ran in front of the pubs, but is now a lane. In Newbold churchyard are the remains of the tunnel from Brindley’s original late 18th century contour canal.
In Newbold is The Barley Mow pub. There is also the Old Crown near the shops, which include a Post Office, fish and chips, a supermarket and also a cash machine. (Turn left out of the lane in front of the pub and walk downhill about 100 yards.
For more ideas of routes going South check out this link
The first part of your journey is along mostly “new” canal (only about 180 years old!) and after passing through some impressive cuttings and high above open farmland you reach Ansty in about 1 ½ hours.
The embankment just before Ansty was the site of a serious breach in November 1963 when a 30ft high embankment gave way and washed 10,000 tons of clay and sand onto adjoining land. Fortunately the problem was spotted by a farmer who, out for an early morning walk with his dog, noticed one of his fields was now under water. He raised the alarm and quick action by British Waterways staff prevented the breach becoming a serious catastrophe that could have closed the Oxford Canal for a long time. Repairs were completed quickly and the canal re-opened for traffic. The site of the repair is still visible (look for the concrete section of wall) and the location today make a good place to tie up and visit the pay-and-play golf course (with an excellent club house)you reach Ansty in about one hour. Here there is a pottery and the Rose and Castle has an excellent reputation for food.
For more ideas of routes going North click on this link.