Short Breaks

Rose Narrowboats Collage

Short Breaks

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.

Going South

Going South from Rose Narrowboats 2

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 are two pubs that are 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 two pubs and walk downhill about 100 yards.)

Going North

Going North from Rose Narrowboats 2

After passing through some open farmland and a 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. After Ansty you approach the outskirts of Coventry, but the canal still manages to retain a rural character for much of the one and a half hour run into Hawkesbury Junction (also known as Sutton Stop).

On the way there is the Elephant and Castle by bridge 4 (good garden for children) and a fishing tackle shop. Hawkesbury Junction was designated a conservation area in 1976 and is something of an Industrial Archaeology haven, despite nestling amongst vast attendant pylons!