Routes and itineraries along the Grand Union Canal

The marinas near Foxton Locks are perfectly placed for you to enjoy a variety of routes, whether you are looking for a romantic weekend or a longer cruising holiday. From this starting point you can head into historic Leicester for a city break, complete with cultural highlights and hip bars and restaurants, literally on your doorstep.

For those seeking a quieter pace of life, the tranquil countryside of the Leicestershire canals provides ample opportunity for photography, nature walks and relaxation, with a plentiful supply of towpath pubs and restaurants.

 

Starting point – 2018

We are currently moored at Debdale Wharf Marina while we await the completion of North Kilworth Marina (see below.) If your holiday is booked for 2018, you will leave from Debdale Wharf Marina, Debdale Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics LE8 0XA You can get directions here:

Directions to Debdale Marina

The marina is fully-staffed and secure, all year round. You can drive round to our berth to unload your car and then park in our secure car park for full peace of mind while you enjoy your holiday.

Routes from Debdale Marina

If you would like to travel a particular route, you will need to check that there are no canal closures or restrictions on your travel dates by checking for live updates on the Canal and River Trust website.

 

Foxton Inn

Market Harborough, Foxton & Wistow (4 days)

Grand union canal

Foxton and Welford (3 days)

Countryside from Foxton to Market Harborough

Market Harborough, Foxton & Welford (4 days)

foxton locks narrowboat hire

Market Harborough, Foxton and Kibworth (3 days) 

 

 

Planning your route

The Canal and River Trust publishes an online map which is very useful for beginning to plan, particularly as it also features any current canal restrictions or closures. You can find it here:

CRT map

All the maps you will need are on board your Boutique Narrowboat and we will happily talk through your options on your first afternoon aboard, but if you want to get a head start in the planning stakes, we suggest the following:

  • Nicholson Waterways Guide 3 – Birmingham and the Heart of England
  • Nicholson Waterways Guide 1 – Grand Union, Oxford and the South East

If you prefer a more personalised route, then take a look at the Canalplan website, which enables you to enter your starting/finishing point and the length of time available in order to create a detailed itinerary which you an print out:

Canalplan.org

 


Starting point – 2019

We are due to move to North Kilworth Marina as soon as it’s complete. This marina is a few miles away, in between Market Harborough and Lutterworth on the A4304. Here are the directions:

Directions to North Kilworth Marina

The marina is fully-staffed and secure, all year round. You can drive round to our berth to unload your car and then park in our secure car park for full peace of mind while you enjoy your holiday.

Routes from North Kilworth

The routes below are designed to leave North Kilworth Marina, although you can reach all the same places from Debdale Wharf Marina (just in a different order!)

If you would like to travel a particular route, you will need to check that there are no canal closures or restrictions on your travel dates by checking for live updates on the Canal and River Trust website.

Braunston Admiral Nelson

Foxton, Watford, Braunston & Rugby (7 days)

Leicester guildhall

Foxton & Leicester (7 days)

Foxton Inn

Welford, Foxton & Market Harborough (4 days)

Grand union canal

Stoke Bruerne, Linford and Return (7 days)

Countryside from Foxton to Market Harborough

Foxton & Market Harborough (3 days)

Moor your boutique narrowboat on the towpath in front of Crick restaurant

Lock-free Foxton, Crick & Watford (3 days)

watford locks on our canal boat hire

Watford & Weedon (4 days)

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North Kilworth Marina hire narrowboat location

BOUTIQUE NARROWBOATS

DEBDALE WHARF MARINA (temporary mooring)

DEBDALE LANE

SMEETON WESTERBY

LE8 OXA

 

From Spring 2019 onwards:

NORTH KILWORTH MARINA, LE17 6HY

We’re waiting for the newly-built North Kilworth Marina to be completed before moving. We will keep you updated!