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Warwickshire Ring
50 hours cruising (approx.)
118 locks
A varied and energetic route through the heart of rural Warwickshire. Up the Grand Union to Birmingham, on to Fazeley junction and down the Coventry and North Oxford canals, with such sights as Leamington Spa, Warwick Castle and Drayton Manor Park and Zoo.

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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South Oxford
48 hours cruising (approx.)
78 locks
One of the oldest and prettiest canals on the whole system with the beautiful city of Oxford as your turning point.
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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Stratford
52 hours cruising (approx.)
164 locks
Visiting Leamington Spa, Warwick and the Shakespearean town of Stratford is an energetic route for those who want to do more than just cruise through beautiful Warwickshire.

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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Ashby Canal
38 hours cruising (approx.)
8 locks
A wonderful rural and practically lock-free route. Ideal for the less energetic or first timers.

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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Grand Union (South)
40 - 55 hours cruising (approx.)
26 locks (depending on where you turn)
Make your own pace through Braunston, the famous Blisworth Tunnel and the canal centre at Stoke Bruerne on this interesting and varied route.
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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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/