Rugby Hire Base
Our Rugby base is situated on the charmingly rural North Oxford Canal, close to Rugby town. It is perfectly positioned for a number of interesting and contrasting one week routes ranging from a simple and virtually lock-free trip up to Snarestone and back via the Ashby Canal, to the impressive Warwickshire Ring for the more energetic.
Tour 9 (1 week)
You will pass charming villages such as Cropredy with its thatched sandstone cottages before reaching Banbury itself, famous for its 'cross' and scrumptious cakes!
You will need to turn round to head back to Rugby once you are halfway through your holiday.
Tour 10 (1 week)
This is essentially a rural route that incorporates several very impressive tunnels including Blisworth Tunnel which is over 3,000 yards long!
The village of Stoke Bruerne awaits you as you emerge from Blisworth and we recommend that you take time to visit the excellent Canal Museum here.
Milton Keynes is the next point of interest with its wealth of attractions and the more energetic crews might even push on to Leighton Buzzard before retracing their steps to Rugby.
Tour 11 (1 week)
You set off up the Grand Union Canal to Warwick with its fine castle.
The next stop is Birmingham with all its amenities. Once you reach the International Convention Centre, you branch off down the Birmingham Fazeley Canal, which takes you out under 'Spaghetti Junction' to Coventry Canal, where you turn South past Coventry back to Rugby.
There are a number of things to see and do on this most popular of trips and if you can make time, visits to Coventry, Stratford or up the Ashby Canal are a real bonus.
Tour 12 (1 week)
This route involves cruising down the North Oxford Canal to Braunston and then heading up the Grand Union (Leicester Section) Canal towards Leicester itself.
On the way to Market Harborough you will encounter no less than four tunnels, two sets of staircase locks and mile after mile of open countryside.
At Foxton, you can explore the site of the short-lived Inclined Plane that was built to overcome the need for such an impressive flight of ten locks. At the foot of these locks is the canal arm that leads to Market Harborough where you can rest and recuperate before tackling the return journey.
Tour 13 (2 weeks)