Narrowboat Hire – Coventry Canal & Ashby Canal

Hire a boat on the Coventry Canal or Ashby Canal and you are at the centre of the northern and southern canal networks. At one time this was the hub of the Warwickshire coalfield and the canals were busy with narrowboats, loading up at canalside collieries and carrying coal to the rest of the midlands and down to London. Almost all of the pits have now disappeared, hidden beneath greenery and new developments, and the canals are popular holiday cruising routes.

Hawkesbury Junction

Hawkesbury Junction

  • A large choice of routes, head north, south or west towards Birmingham, plus a choice of circular Canal Rings.
  • Hawkesbury Junction and stop lock where the Oxford Canal runs parallel with the Coventry Canal before making a very sharp turn.
  • Atherstone is a pleasant market town. It holds a football match on Shrove Tuesday which follows 12th century rules!
  • The Ashby Canal is lock free, 22 miles of peaceful rural countryside. It skirts the edge of the War of the Roses Bosworth Battlefield (1485) on which Richard III was killed. The Ashby Canal Society has restored one and a quarter miles of the Ashby Canal at Moira and aims to reconnect it to the canal at Snarestone.

Boat Hire from family firms on or around the Coventry Canal and Ashby Canal

Ashby Boat Company Ltd

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

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

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

Midland Mallard offer luxury narrowboat holidays with Wifi And solar power. We can accommodate parties of up to 6 people and offer full tuition.

Napton Narrowboats

Based at Napton Junction, Napton Narrowboats family-run fleet now gives you the widest choice of boats and routes.

Rose Narrowboats

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.

Canal Rings

Leicester Ring
Includes the Trent & Mersey CanalGrand Union Canal (Leicester Section) & North Oxford Canal.

Warwickshire Ring
Includes the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal and sections of the Grand Union Canal and Oxford Canal.

More Information

Holiday Cruising Guide to the Coventry & Ashby Canals.

More Midlands hire firms or narrowboat hire firms in other canal areas.

Day hire boats to cruise with a few friends for a few hours.

Help to choose the right canal boat for your holiday.

Plus lots more advice and tips in our Canal Holiday Advice.

Our Listings

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Ashby Canal

Ashby Boat Company Ltd
89 Station Rd, Stoke Golding, Nuneaton CV13 6EY.
01455 212671
Midland Mallard
Carlton Rd, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton CV13.
07397 997646

Grand Union Canal

Grand Union Narrowboats
High Street, Weedon NN7 4QD.
01327 342418
Kate Boats
The Boatyard, Nelson Ln, Warwick CV34 5JB.
01926 492968

Oxford Canal

Napton Narrowboats
Napton Marina, Tomlow Rd, Stockton, Southam CV47 8HX.
Rose Narrowboats
Fosse Way, Brinklow, Rugby CV23 0PU.
01788 832449

Trent and Mersey Canal

Drayton Narrowboat Hire Ltd
Fazeley, Tamworth, Staffs

Day Hire

Bosworth Marina
Leicestershire, Bosworth Marina, Carlton Rd, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton CV13 6PG.

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