Whilst we can’t run our usual cruises this year we’d still like to offer you an opportunity to experience the wonder of the English canals.
Experience the pinnacle of the canal builders art on the Grand Union Canal – wide, deep and fast – then enjoy the contrast of the Stratford Canal, with its narrow split bridges and the wonderful Lapworth Locks. Finally, the Worcester and Birmingham Canal takes us through Bournville and Edgbaston to Gas Street Basin in the heart of Birmingham.
We’re offering you the chance to charter hire Karnataka, our traditional butty boat, for a five night cruise between the historic town of Warwick and Birmingham, at the heart of the English canal system. With room for up to five people you will have the whole of the deep cleaned boat to yourself, allowing you to isolate as much you wish. The boat crew and our talented chef will work and sleep on the motor boat, ensuring social distancing.
Your holiday will be fully catered: cooked breakfast, elevenses, light lunch, afternoon tea and a three course dinner all served in the boat’s spacious lounge. The lounge also contains hidden treasures – a modest bar with a selection of spirits, beers, ciders and soft drinks as well as some very nice wines from around the world.
The boat can accomodate five people in comfort. All cabins have their own sink, a socket for phone charging and comfortable lighting for late night reading. There is a spacious double cabin to the rear of the boat, with a genuine king size mattress bed – very unusual on a narrowboat. There are two en-suite single cabins, one with a high bunk, the other with a low one. Finally, we’re opening up what would usually be a crew cabin. It’s slightly smaller than the others, but still has plenty of storage space, with the shower and loo just next door.
Our Route (on alternate weeks this cruise will run in the opposite direction)
This is a five night cruise which starts in either Warwick or Birmingham. The first night is spent in the the departure town, so why not drop off your bags and have a look around?
We leave Warwick and immediately hit the first lock of the impressive Hatton Flight. A morning’s work gets us to the top of the flight, where we catch our breath and look back on the stunning views of the Church of St Mary in the distance. A short tunnel journey brings us out into the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, where we will cruise for the rest of the day, before mooring up near the award winning Tom O’ the Woods pub.
Day two takes us onto the Stratford Canal via Kingswood junction. We tackle the fifteen locks of the Lapworth Flight – some of them so close together that the boats are almost entering the next lock before they have left the previous one!
A last few straggling locks take us up to the summit level and the start of our lock free cruise to Gas Street Basin. We approach and pass under the M42, but soon leave the noise behind as we make our way to our night’s mooring at Waring’s Green. After dinner, why not visit the Blue Bell Cider House, just a few minutes walk down the towpath?
Our third day is very relaxed with just the occasional lift bridge to interrupt our cruising. The morning takes us through quiet countryside as the canal maintains its twisting course through wooded cuttings. The walking is good and the frequent bridges allow you to hop on and off the boat as often as you like. We enter the Birmingham suburbs in the afternoon, the canal providing a pleasant green corridor through the residential outskirts of the city. The unique guillotine stop lock marks the junction of the Stratford and the Birmingham and Worcester canals, where we turn north and head towards the center of the city, before mooring at Bournville, the original home of Cadbury chocolate.
Our final day begins with a morning off to explore Bournville Model Village, built by the Cadbury family to house their many employees. For real chocolate enthusiasts a visit to Cadbury World is also a possibility! After lunch we complete our cruise to Gas Street Basin through prosporous Edgbaston with views of Queen Elizabeth Hospital to the west and the university to the east. A short tunnel and a final mile of cruising through a delightfully steep cutting brings us to our final mooring at Gas Street Basin.
All charters will begin on a Monday at 4:00 p.m. and end Saturday at 9:30 am. The cost will be £2500 for a five night charter. This includes your cruise, accommodation and full board. Entry to sites is not included in the price.
All our usual booking conditions apply except:
- The age limit for children is lowered to 10 years.
- Full payment will be required for all bookings.
- Our COVID-19 guarantee will apply to all bookings.
Charters will commence on Monday 3rd August and then run every Monday until the end of October. Please email (email@example.com) or call Rosie (07380 941 042) to check availability Alternatively, fill in the form below and we will contact you.