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Why choose Gayton?

Routes are typified by rolling Northamptonshire arable landscapes, rural countryside passing through hills, wooded country, towns and villages. Routes include The Grand Ring, Oxford, Crick and much more.

  • Berths Available: 2 – 12

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Fancy a day trip?

At Gayton, we have a day boat called Day Lark able to hold up to 10 people. It has in door and outdoor seating, a fridge, hob / grill, sink and a bathroom.

Prices from £99

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Gayton canal routes for holidays & short breaks

7 – 21 Night routes

Key: ☉ Warwickshire Ring ☉ East Midlands Ring ☉ Market harborough/Rtn ☉ Oxford/Rtn
☉ The Grand Ring ☉ Coventry/Rtn

Guides: Pearson 6, Nicholson 3, Lockmaster 13

A very popular week cruise with the opportunity to visit Warwick Castle and the plentiful quaint tea rooms and antique shops.

Guides: Pearson 6, Nicholson 3, Lockmaster 13

Convenient from either the Alvechurch or Gayton marinas, this route includes Warwick, Leamington, and the option to moor in the heart of Birmingham with its many attractions accessible from the canal.

Guides: Geo Thames Ring Atlas G29, Nicholson 1 & 7 cover the whole route

This ultimate route takes two weeks to complete, but includes plenty to see and do over a three week cruise. An extra licence is required when joining the Thames. The river cruising on the Thames is superb, with all locks manned during the daytime.

Visit places such as Hampton Court Palace, Windsor, Eton and Henley.

Three weeks gives time to explore The Paddington Arm which goes right up to Little Venice and London Zoo
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Guides: Pearson 1, Nicholson 2, Lockmaster 16

With only 17 locks each way between Gayton and Coventry, this is one of the easiest one-week routes. Continuing up the remote and rural Ashby Canal offers 23 miles of lock free cruising after Marston. Going all the way to Snarestone will add roughly 1.5 to 2 hours per day onto your journey

Moor at Shenton for Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre 01455 290429

Guides:Nicholson 3, covers the whole route

A two week cruise travelling as far north as Burton-upon-Trent, this includes the pretty section of the River Soar, north of Leicester.

Guides:Pearsons 7, Nicholson 1

The “City of Dreaming Spires” needs no introduction, and is an extremely popular route for those who can stretch their holiday to more than a week.

Tourist Information 01865 726871

3 – 4 Night routes

Guides: Pearson 7, Nicholson 1, Lockmaster 14

Heading north towards Market Harborough offers the perfect turning point of Crick, just after navigating the mile long Crick Tunnel.

Guides: Pearson 2, Nicholson 2

Heading north towards Market Harborough takes you to Crick, just after navigating the mile long Crick Tunnel and then a short detour up its own canal arm, Welford has plenty of overnight mooring places, with a reservoir and village to explore

Guides: Pearson 7, Nicholson 1, Lockmaster 18

Great Linford is 16 locks and Fenny Stratford is 18 locks

Heading south towards Aylesbury, this route has a taste of everything even in just a weekend break. The two destinations are separated by the ‘new town’ of Milton Keynes, where the Grand Union Canal forms the centre piece of the linear park.

Guides: Pearson 7, Nicholson 1, Lockmaster 18

The cruise onwards is through the beautiful Ouzel Valley as the Grand Union starts the rise up the Dunstable Downs before the Chilterns. The characterful town of Leighton Buzzard has excellent moorings.

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