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Rugby Marina in Warwickshire

Consul Road, Rugby. CV21 1NR

Things to do from Rugby Marina

Rugby Wharf is situated near the pretty Cotswold countryside. The City of Oxford is nearby and you can also cruising the Warwickshire Ring or East Midlands Ring from this base.

Rugby - Visit the School's Close where William Webb Ellis first picked up the ball and the game of Rugby began. Rugby town centre is an ideal place for a relaxed and enjoyable shopping expedition with a wide range of shops and stores on offer also a brilliant selections of places to eat and drink.

Braunston - Where the Grand Union and Oxford Canal meet a perfect place to moor and watch the brightly coloured narrow boats pass by. Walk into the village of Braunston and have lunch and a pint of real ale at one of the village locals. Braunston - where the Grand Union and Oxford Canal meet a perfect place to moor and watch the brightly coloured narrow boats pass by. Walk into the village of Braunston and have lunch and a pint of real ale at one of the village locals.

Banbury - Take a tour of the Tooley's Boatyard and view the dry dock, forge and machine workshop to discover what life is like in a busy working Boatyard. Bring the nursery rhyme to life with a visit to Banbury Cross where you can see the famous statue 'View the Fine Lady Upon a White Horse'

Stoke Bruerne - Visit The Canal Museum where you can learn how the engineers plotted the route of the canal and how the Blisworth Tunnel was built. Take a walk along The Grand Union Canal Walk which follows the canal go south to Grafton Regis or north over Blisworth Hill following the old toll road.

Foxton Locks - Moor up and walk along the tow-path which leads you past fields of grazing sheep and cattle. Walk to the to the top of the staircase locks and watch the colourful boats make their halting progress up the flight of locks. Visit the museum and learn how life would be for the canal folk who lived and worked on the narrow boats.


By Road : If you are approaching from the Southeast or Northwest via the M6 motorway exit at junction 1.Take the A426 towards Rugby. Go straight across the first four roundabouts passing under a disused railway viaduct.

Then go right around the roundabout and come back towards the viaduct. Consul Road is the first left by the Peugeot garage.

The boatyard entrance is 200 yards on the right.

If you are approaching from the North via the M1 motorway exit junction 20.Take the A427 towards Lutterworth/Rugby.Turn left at the traffic lights onto A426 Rugby for 4 miles.At the junction of the A426 and M6 motorway follow instructions as above.If you are approaching from the South via the A426 you will come through the village of Dunchurch.Take all signs that direct you to the M6 North.

Follow the road towards Rugby town centre (A426) and still keep following all the signs to M6 North. This will eventually bring you to Avon Mill Roundabout.Turn right at this roundabout and travel up the dual carriageway, turning left just past the viaduct onto Consul Road.

(Consul Road is the first left after the viaduct) The boatyard entrance is 200 yards on the right.

By Rail: You can either take a taxi to the marina from Rugby train station or walk, although it is 40 minutes.

For information about train timetables and ticket costs for all mainline rail transport please go to

By Air : From Birmingham, Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Nottingham, Coventry or East Midlands use either the train or National Express to get to the centre of Rugby then get a taxi to the base. Please see for details on national coach travel.

Rugby Wharf Cruising Map

Rugby Routes:

Banbury & Return | Oxford & Return | Stoke Bruerne & Return | The Warwickshire Ring | Market Harborough & Return |The East Midlands Ring | Aylesbury & Return | Cropredy & Return

The Banbury and Return Cruising RouteBanbury& return
7 nights, 5 hours per day, 50 locks

A relatively gentle cruise through pretty Cotswold countryside first takes you down the North Oxford Canal via Braunston and Napton Junctions and onto the South Oxford Canal, renowned for its meandering route to the Thames.

Oxford & returnThe Oxford and Return Cruising Map
10/11 nights, 6 hours per day, 82 locks

Continue on past Banbury to Oxford.

The “City of Dreaming Spires” needs little introduction and is an extremely popular choice for those who can stretchtheir holiday to more than a week.

Tourist Information 01865 726871

Stoke Bruerne & returnThe Stoke Bruerne and Return Cruising Map
7 nights, 4+ hours per day, 30 locks

This is essentially a rural route that incorporates several very impressive tunnels including Blisworth Tunnel which is over 3,000 yardslong!

The village of Stoke Bruerne awaits you as you emerge fromBlisworth and we recommend that you visit the excellent Canal Museumhere. Milton Keynes is the next point of interest with its wealth of attractions.

Warwickshire RingThe Warwickshire Cruising Ring Route

7 nights, 8+ hours per day, 107 locks

Another route with the option to moor at the heart of Birmingham , this cruise includes the spectacular Hatton locks and some fine stretches of the Grand Union Canal .

Once at Coventry , it is a short walk to the war-torn cathedral and its striking 1962 replacement.

Drayton Manor Park & Zoo 08708 725252 and the Snow Dome at Tamworth 08705 000011 offer activities for all the family. Warwick Castle is possibly the finest medieval castle in the country.

Warwick Tourist Information Centre 01926 492212

On a two week cruise, include a trip along the Ashby Canal .

Market Harborough & returnThe Market Harborough and Return Cruising Route
7 nights, 5 hours per day, 50 locks

Popular with those seeking something different – if you don’t mind a bit of exercise.

This route involves cruising down the North Oxford Canal to Braunston, then up the Grand Union Canal towards Leicester.

On the way to Market Harborough you will encounter no fewer than four tunnels, two sets of staircase locks and mile after mile of open countryside.

Leicester or East Midlands RingThe East Midlands Ring Cruising Map
14 nights, 5 hours per day, 100 locks

A pleasant two week cruise through parts of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire which involves cruising on rivers as well as canals.

This route takes you up the Grand Union Canal to the Foxton flight of locks, then on to Leicester itself where you join the River Soar.

You continue along the Soar to Trent Junction, where you briefly join the River Trent which takes you up to Sawley. At this point you rejoin the canal system and complete the ring.

Aylesbury & returnThe Aylesbury and Return Cruising Map

7/10 nights, 8 hours per day, 96 locks

A good route for the first timer, through delightful countryside, taking in the Great Ouse Aqueduct at Cosgrove, Milton Keynes then arriving at Aylesbury, with the attractive old town centre just a short walk from the canal basin.

Cropredy & returnThe Cropredy and Return Cruising Route
7 nights, 6 hours per day, 40 locks

Home of the annual August Folk Festival, Cropredy is a quaint canal-side village with two pubs, a church and a village store.

Customer Testimonial

We've just returned from Ellesmere where we picked up our canal boat for our holidays last week. We really enjoyed our holiday and we were very impressed with the standard of the boat 'Great Western 84'. We found the boat yard staff very friendly and helpful and with a bit of guidance from them we soon became masters of the waterways. A great holiday and we hope to do it again soon. Cyril & Margaret Steer & Friends

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