The Warwickshire Ring

The Warwickshire Ring can be done in a week but two weeks allows more exploration to be done, places to see like Warwick and Leamington Spa, to explore like the BCN and to detour along like the Statford Canal to Statford upon Avon.


Hatton 21 locks with distinctive hydraulic paddle gear

Hatton 21 locks with distinctive hydraulic paddle gear

  • The Coventry Canal from Fazeley Junction runs through what used to be the Warwickshire coalfield down to Coventry, now mainly returned to nature. The lock free Ashby Canal is well worth a detour to spend a peaceful few days.
  • The North Oxford Canal originally had lots of twists and turns but it was shortened by cutting out loops which can still be seen, as can the original Newbold Tunnel. Hillmorton locks were paired to speed passage and they are still very busy.
  • The Grand Union Canal from Braunston through Warwick has a hard climb up 63 locks to get onto the Birmingham plateau. The flight of 21 wide and double locks at Hatton can look very daunting! Explore Warwick and Leamington Spa, and turn at Kingswood Junction to visit Stratford upon Avon.
  • The Birmingham & Fazeley Canal heads out of Birmingham through industrial estates but reaches farmlands after passing the tangle of motorway lanes and feeders near Curdworth. There is a sharp right turn at Fazeley Junction.
The Warwickshire Ring Map
The Warwickshire Ring Map

The Warwickshire Ring – Junctions, locks and lengths

bullet  Coventry Canal at Fazeley Junction, 13 locks, 20 miles to …

bullet  Oxford Canal at Hawkesbury Junction, 4 locks, 28 miles to …

bullet  Grand Union Canal at Napton Junction, 63 locks, 38 miles to …

bullet  Birmingham & Fazeley Canal at Salford Junction, 14 locks, 12 miles to Fazeley Junction.

Newbold Tunnel on the North Oxford Canal
Newbold Tunnel on the North Oxford Canal

Boat Hire from family firms on or around The Warwickshire Ring

Ashby Boat Company Ltd

Friendly helpful company located on the tranquil Ashby canal. Their fleet has been inspected by The "Visit Britain Quality Assurance Scheme" Short break /Weekly & Day hire.

Grand Union Narrowboats

Small family run company. 2,4 & 6 berth four star graded narrowboats for weekly hire on the Grand Union and Oxford canals. Experience the Northamptonshire countryside at its finest.

Kate Boats

A family run business, with quality narrowboats from two bases on the Grand Union Canal, ideally situated on the Warwickshire ring.

Beginners welcome, full instruction given.

Midland Mallard

A new boat hire company on the beautiful lock free Ashby Canal, perfect for first time or novice Boaters. Get back to nature and relax in Luxury.

Napton Narrowboats

From our new base at Autherley Junction, Napton Narrowboats family-run fleet now gives you the widest choice of boats and cruising routes.

Rose Narrowboats

Are a family firm with a fleet of 20 luxury narrowboats for weekly or shortbreak rental in the heart of the Midlands canal system.
On-line brochure here now.

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