Please click on the links below to read more on Narrowboat guidance
The videos below explain the necessary canal boating basics and provide guidance for safe boating holidays.
Canal & River Trust
Canal & River Trust Resources for Children
Mobile Phone Applications:
Onboard GPS – Open Canal Map
Emergency Location Finder
What3Words app at www.what3words.com
Please see the following examples of routes for both short and long distances.
The routes listed here are only examples.
Your personal itinerary is your responsibility.
You can create your own route using the www.canalplan.uk website, which allows you to plan and modify any routes.
It offers a lot of details about timetables, mooring locations, points of interest, and locks.
Glascote Basin to Fradley Junction
(RETURN – WEEKEND TRIP)
This is a trip of 24 miles, 7 furlongs and 2 locks from Glascote Top Lock No 12.
This will take 10 hours and 36 minutes which is 2 days, 36 minutes at 5 hours per day.
Glascote Basin to Snarestone Wharf
(6 DAY TRIP – RETURN TRIP)
This is a trip of 77 miles, 2½ furlongs and 22 locks from Glascote Basin to Snarestone Warf and return.
This will take 34 hours and 47 minutes which is 6 days, 4 hours and 47 minutes at 5 hours per day.
The Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal is a 31-mile long canal which has no locks and connects the mining district around Moira, just outside the town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire, with the Coventry Canal at Bedworth
Glascote to Gas Street Basin Birmingham City Centre
(5/6 DAY RETURN TRIP)
Total distance is 34 miles, and 78 locks.
There are 2 moveable bridges; 10 small aqueducts or underbridges and 4 tunnels (Curdworth Tunnel) and (Factory Tunnel.)
This will take 24 hours, 56 minutes which is 3 days, 3 hours and 56 minutes at 7 hours per day.
Glascote to Shackerstone
(1 WEEK RETURN TRIP)
This is a trip of 71 miles, and 22 locks.
This will take 32 hours and 32 minutes which is 5 days, 2 hours and 32 minutes at 6 hours per day plus 2 hours on the first evening and 1 hour on the last morning.
Glascote to Great Haywood
(1 WEEK RETURN TRIP)
This is a trip of 49 miles and 12 locks.
This will take 22 hours and 24 minutes which is 3 days, 1 hour and 24 minutes at 7 hours per day.
Glascote to Hawkesbury
(3 DAY RETURN trip)
This is a trip of 40 miles and 22 locks.
This will take 19 hours and 55 minutes which is 2 days, 5 hours and 55 minutes at 7 hours per day.