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Two Week Cruises

Oxford and the Thames
90 - 100 hours cruising (approx.)
Either up to Lechlade or down to Henley and back, this route takes you through some of the prettiest canal and river scenery in Britain.
Pearsons Oxford - Grand Union - Thames Guide

Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

Two routes between the midlands and the south-east are at the heart of this Canal Companion, with the delightful upper reaches of the River Thames thrown in for good measure. The Oxford Canal features in its entirety, all the way from the outskirts of Coventry to the City of Dreaming Spires, one of the most beautiful canals in the country, whilst its towpath is a designated long distance foot path too.

Coverage of the mighty Grand Union commences at the canal centre of Braunston in Northamptonshire and runs all the way down to Brentford

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The Thames Ring
115 hours cruising (approx.)
175 locks
Definitely for the energetic, there is plenty of variety on this route, taking in Oxford, Henley, Windsor, Brentford, Stoke Bruerne and Braunston,
Due to recent regulation changes, in order to cruise the Thames Ring you must give us at least 6 weeks notice before the start of your holiday.
Pearsons Oxford - Grand Union - Thames Guide

Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

Two routes between the midlands and the south-east are at the heart of this Canal Companion, with the delightful upper reaches of the River Thames thrown in for good measure. The Oxford Canal features in its entirety, all the way from the outskirts of Coventry to the City of Dreaming Spires, one of the most beautiful canals in the country, whilst its towpath is a designated long distance foot path too.

Coverage of the mighty Grand Union commences at the canal centre of Braunston in Northamptonshire and runs all the way down to Brentford

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Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

This 3rd edition, revised in 2017, focusses on the Kennet & Avon, linking Bristol with Reading, and the River Thames between Oxford and Brentford, expertly interpreted to inspire you, on foot, afloat or by bicycle.

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Leicester Ring
75 hours cruising (approx.)
101 locks
A leisurely and interesting two week cruise which includes tunnels, aqueducts, the famous Foxton Locks, the River Soar and the Shardlow canal centre. You are left with extra time to explore other canals if you wish (to Market Harborough, Erewash Canal, Ashby Canal).

Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

Coverage: Grand Union Canal - Stoke Bruerne to Leicester; River Soar ; Erewash Canal; Trent Navigation - Derwent Mouth to Cromwell & River Nene - Northampton to Peterborough.

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Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

With the Warwickshire Ring at its heart, this Canal Companion covers the canal network to the south and east of Birmingham. Routes covered include: Grand Union Canal (Braunston-Birmingham); Birmingham & Fazeley Canal; Coventry Canal; Oxford Canal (Hawkesbury-Napton; Ashby Canal; Worcester & Birmingham Canal (Tardebigge-Birmingham); Trent & Mersey Canal (Derwent Mouth-Fradley) and Stratford upon Avon Canal.

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Avon Ring
90 hours cruising (approx.)
222 locks (130 on the Avon ring + 46 each way from/to Napton Marina)
A busy two weeks taking in the Avon and Severn Rivers via Tewkesbury, with a superb mixture of scenery and interesting places to visit.

Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

Includes the River Avon from Tewkesbury to Stratford; the Stratford-on-Avon Canal; the Worcester & Birmingham Canal; the Droitwich Canals; the River Severn from Stourport to Gloucester; the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal; the Cotswold Canals from Framilode to Lechlade; and the Grand Union Canal between Birmingham and Braunston

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Caldon Canal
100 hours cruising (approx.)
114 locks
One of the most beautiful canals, accessible on a two week varied and rural trip.

Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

With the Warwickshire Ring at its heart, this Canal Companion covers the canal network to the south and east of Birmingham. Routes covered include: Grand Union Canal (Braunston-Birmingham); Birmingham & Fazeley Canal; Coventry Canal; Oxford Canal (Hawkesbury-Napton; Ashby Canal; Worcester & Birmingham Canal (Tardebigge-Birmingham); Trent & Mersey Canal (Derwent Mouth-Fradley) and Stratford upon Avon Canal.

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Pearson's Canal Companion Guidebook

This Companion is the 9th edition of the perennially popular Four Counties Ring cruising circuit, but additionally features the whole of the Trent & Mersey Canal, the beautiful Caldon Canal and for the first time in this guide the curiously overlooked Weaver Navigation.

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More information from Canal & River Trust

Why not plan your route in minute detail using canalplan.org.uk?

If you like technology then there is now a great canal map APP available for phones and tablets.
Why not download it and try it out? See https://opencanalmap.uk/