Day Trip Canal Routes
All routes start from our base on the Northern section of the Oxford Canal between Rugby and Coventry. Please see our map
After passing through some open farmland and a pay-and-play golf course you reach Ansty in about one hour.
After Ansty the character of the canal begins to change as you approach the outskirts of Coventry.
There is a turning point just under the M69 motorway after Bridge 14.
We recommend that you turn around at the entrance to Coventry Cruisers which is after Bridge 7 but before Bridge 5 (Bridge 6 has been demolished) to avoid having to negotiate the lock at Hawkesbury Junction.
Unfortunately due to a lack of water in the feeder compounds to the canal, to save water, Rosette is unable to go through the locks.
The first stretch runs through woodland, passing the occasional farm as well as two of the attractive cast iron bridges that are a feature of the North Oxford Canal. These take the towing path over James Brindley’s original late 18th century contour line of the canal which was shortened in 1830.
After one and a half hours you navigate the small tunnel at Newbold. In Newbold churchyard you can see the remains of the earlier tunnel.
Half an hour after Newbold you pass another cast iron bridge over a dead end leading to Rugby Wharf (you can turn here), then cross two aqueducts over the River Swift and a road. There is a picnic area after the next bridge.
The next hour sees more woodland, a boat yard and a golf course as the canal skirts attractively round Rugby towards Hillmorton Locks.
This is as far as you should go – you can turn around just before the bottom of the lock.
If you have plenty of time left you could return past our base and go north.
Unfortunately due to a lack of water in the feeder compounds to the canal, to save water, Rosette is unable to go through the locks. There is a turning point just below the locks at Hillmorton enabling you to turn the boat around.