A lovely weekend trip is to cruise the Ashby Canal. With over 40 miles of lock free canal you’ll cruise through some beautiful villages. Through Stoke Golding you’ll come to the lovely village of Dadlington. Stop for a break or a meal at the ever popular Dog & Hedgehog pub or carry on cruising for a further hour until you get to Sutton Cheney. Here you’ll find a canal side cafe and a walk up to the Bosworth Battlefield Centre. There’s also a turning point at Sutton Cheney.
At Shenton you will find the steam train and its authentic station along with a glass blowing museum.
2.5 hours later you will find the market town of Market Bosworth. In the Market Square you’ll find a pub, tea shops and there’s even a chocolate shop along with various restaurants including Bosworth Hall.
Congerstone is 3 hours from Stoke Golding where you’ll find the Horse & Jockey Pub only 800 yards from the canal. Shackerstone village is another turning point and is a further half an hour from Congerstone. The canals terminus is a further 2 hours cruise up to Snarestone and through the 800 yard tunnel to the final turning point.
If you’re cruising south we have a turning point here at Trinity, Lime kilns pub or the Corner House pub.
If you have time first travel south to Marston Junction. You may wish to cruise south onto the Coventry and North Oxford canals to reach one lock at Hawkesbury Junction. Historic Coventry is only half an hour away. You can visit Coventry Cathedral or the Transport Museum, if you continue south you’ll reach 3 more locks at Hillmorton.