Canal Boat Holiday Base Information - Base 32 on the Warwickshire Ring
Base 32 is located on the Coventry Canal. This is a great start location to explore the Ashby Canal. It is run by a large boat operator with high standards of service and is easily accessible by road or rail.
Choose from a leisurely lock free cruise to Snarlestone or the more challenging Warwickshire Ring.
Short breaks are available on the Oxford Canal and the Grand Union Canal.
Routes from this base
Short Break routes
BRAUNSTON & RETURN 4 Nights
Cruising Time Per day: 7.5 Hrs • Total: 26 Hrs • Locks: 8
A relaxing cruise through mostly open countryside, this is a journey of junctions and bales between two rival canals, the Oxford and the Grand Union.
With tales of trade and heritage, sport and poetry, and the charisma of one of Britain's canals’ most loved hubs.
FRADLEY JUNCTION & RETURN 3/4 Nights
Cruising Time Per day: 7 Hrs • Total: 25 Hrs • Locks: 26
Treading a rural route through nature reserves and pools left behind by industry, this cruise winds gently through beautiful countryside.
You’ll hear stories of mining and hat making, money troubles, medieval angels and the English language.
NAPTON JUNCTION & RETURN 4 Nights
Cruising Time Per day: 9 Hrs • Total: 30 Hrs • Locks: 8
This is a peaceful journey of junctions and bales between two rival canals, the Oxford and the Grand Union through one of Britain’s canals’ most loved hubs.
A relaxing mostly lock-free cruise through open countryside, you’ll discover sporting history, Horseley iron bridges and symbolic windmills.
SNARESTONE & RETURN 3 Nights
Cruising Time Per day: 8.5 Hrs • Total: 20 Hrs • Locks: 0
This peaceful lock-free route meanders through countryside and mingles pleasantly with wildlife, while whispering old stories of stockings, steam engines and fancy teapots
Yet it secretly harbours deathly histories of Richard III and bloody bales too.
One Week routes
BANBURY & RETURN 7 Nights
Cruising Time Per day: 8.5Hrs • Total: 54 Hrs • Locks: 50
After a sporty encounter, this is a journey of trade and heritage, accompanied by the rhythms of poetry, music and nursery rhymes.
Meandering along one of engineer James Brindley’s renowned contour-hugging canals, the peaceful countryside calls out with symbolic windmills, quirky huts and buildings which hold wartime memories.
STOKE BRUERNE & RETURN 7 Nights
Cruising Time Per day: 7.5 Hrs • Total: 49 Hrs • Locks: 34
Your rural cruise leads from iron bridges to idyllic thatched cottages, from sport to shoes. On a journey which tells of world-renowned engineering and mathematics, you will discover more of the heritage of the canals and ironically of our modern world.
TIXALL WIDE & RETURN 7 Nights
Cruising Time Per day: 5 Hrs • Total: 37 Hrs • Locks: 36
This is a journey which takes you through landscapes of outstanding beauty.
With stories of canal companies, poetry makers, and aristocrats who shaped their surroundings for their pleasure, you’ll meet wildlife and learn about language and perhaps new tiller skills!
MARKET HARBOROUGH & RETURN 7 Nights
Cruising Time Per day: 9 Hrs • Total: 59 Hrs • Locks: 54
A relaxing cruise, as the canal winds through uncluttered countryside.
This route offers the rare chance to revel in remote landscapes with the drama of an idyllic lock flight and the heritage of two of Britain's canals’ most loved marinas.
Two Week routes
WARWICKSHIRE RING 10-14 Nights
Cruising Time Per day: 4.5 - 6.5 Hrs • Total: 60 Hrs • Locks: 120
This route takes in parts of the Oxford Canal, the Coventry Canal, the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, Stratford Canal, Worcester & Birmingham Canal and the Grand Union Main Line. A great mix of rural and urban cruising.
EAST MIDLANDS & LEICESTER RING 10-14 Nights
Cruising Time Per day: 6 - 8.5 Hrs • Total: 78 Hrs • Locks: 100
This is a varied route which takes in the Coventry Canal, parts of the Oxford Canal, Grand Union Canal Leicester Line, the River Soar, a short section of the River Trent and part of the Trent & Mersey Canal.
SHARDLOW & RETURN 14 Nights
Cruising Time Per day: 7.5 Hrs • Total: 49 Hrs • Locks: 58
A route with tales of medieval times and reeds, special water used by monks to change a town’s fortunes and a vital inland port with links to poetry, the Industrial Revolution and ‘canal mania’. This journey is rural and even remote at times, yet trips in and out of bustling hubs that tell stories of canal-life to the passing traveller.