Day hire & back to basics canal camping holidays with...


Depending on how adventurous your group, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like by picking a route to suit.  Each route offers a variety of attractions that you can choose from. You can visit museums, theatres, cinemas, shops, leisure centres, pubs, restaurants, national trust properties etc.  You can choose a route that has a large number of locks and covers a great distance with plenty of active input or you can choose a trip that runs at a more sedate pace. 

You could charter William to be primarily residential at a festival or waterway event if you wished or in some instances we could bring the boat to you and we will certainly consider operating in areas far afield from where we are based. Where we are based we offer free parking and we are close to a railway station.

It is possible to charter William during the winter months.  With a log fire on board William is comfortable and cosy for day trips and short breaks.  These cruises are for the more hardy boaters and are about wellies, mulled wine and wintery landscapes.    

Choices of different routes and length of trips

Day Trips:

We begin 9am and cruise at a leisurely pace through rural Northamptonshire. This trip does not include any locks. At lunchtime we will stop either at a canal side pub or for a picnic if you are catering on board and then in the afternoon we will cruise back to base for 5pm. Prices:
April, May, September, October: £270 
June, July, August: £340

Weekend Trip (1 night):

Your boat trip would begin 9am cruising through Northamptonshire countryside, passing through the spectacluar Blisworth Tunnel, arriving in Stoke Bruerne a delightful village with the canal at it's heart. There is a good selection of pubs and restaurants and the locks are a tidy example of a Grand Union lock flight. We would overnight here and return the next day to base for 4/5pm. Prices: April, May, September, October: £318 June, July, August: £338

Grand Union Day Out

Weekend trip (2nights):
Trip begins Friday mid to late afternoon. We will cruise along the Grand Union Canal down to Bugbrooke for the first night where there are a couple of pubs. Saturday we will cruise through the tunnel at Blisworth, down the flight of locks at Stoke Bruerne and lunchtime we will turn around at Cosgrove or Yardley Gobion where you could have a pub lunch or a picnic. In the afternoon we would return to Stoke Bruerne where there is an Indian restaurant and a couple of pubs if you wish to eat out that evening. Sunday morning we cruise back through the tunnel and to base for 3-5pm.
April, May, September, October: £365
June, July, August: £395

Festive Cruising

Boat Festival

One week trips

These trips run Saturday to Friday. A variety of different routes available depending on the level of activity required. A few examples: Grand Union Canal south, a rural trip to Wendover including Blisworth tunnel, locks, towns as diverse as Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes, pretty countryside, villages and return. Grand Union Leicester section, a rural trip including flights of locks particularly the Foxton staircase, tunnels and a number of pretty villages and market towns and return. A circular route via Birmingham for the more energetic! Involves plenty of locks, tunnels, a number of different canals with plenty of beautiful countryside as well as visiting the centre of a vibrant, busy city.
April, May, September, October: £745
June, July, August: £895

City Centre Birmingham

Notes and How to Book

The price is for chartering the whole boat with a captain. 

The maximum number in your group is 12 and if your group is less than 12 the price remains the same. 

We will accommodate pets but you need to speak to us about this before booking 

To make a booking:
Please make an email enquiry at stating:
The dates you are interested in and the type of cruise that you are looking for.

Contact Us


Grand Union Canal
Near Weedon, Northants

Telephone; 07815 312317