You Deserve The Best Narrowboat For Your Next Trip

22nd February 2023

When you book a narrow boating holiday with Grand Union Narrowboats you are in safe hands as you start on your great adventure with us.
As a member of our trade association ‘British Marine’ we recently had our two-yearly inspection for the Quality Accredited Boatyard & Boat Grading Scheme.
We are pleased to share that we have passed with flying colours again.

There are two parts of the inspection, part one is to assess our safety procedures to ensure our compliance with the Hire Boat Code. This is an industry code of practice covering the safety aspects of operating hire craft including the maintenance of our boats. Part 2 assesses the standard of our Handover Procedures for customers.

Achieving this is a credit to the hard work and commitment put in by our valued team at Grand Union Narrowboats.

As customers this provides the confidence that you are booking with a reputable company. We comply with all current legislation and are well placed to provide you with the special narrowboat experience you deserve.

Being a member of British Marine ensures that we are kept up to date on legislation and advised of new legislation that is being considered for the future.   

We minimise the risk of things going wrong by having thorough processes and procedures covering the inspection, maintenance, repair, and cleaning for all of our boats.

Servicing is rigorously carried out following the manufacturers specified procedures.

By performing all of this we meet the full requirements and ensure everything is working, minimising the possibility of breakdowns.

This provides you the confidence that our boats will perform to the highest of standards and allows you to relax and enjoy your holiday to the full.


Another one of our favourite routes is Weedon to Warwick 

This is an interesting route along the mainline of the Grand Union Canal.  It is a good route for the keen canal boater with Plenty of locks to keep you busy.

You will travel north to Buckby Locks and then climb the 7 locks, you can stop at the New Inn (alongside the top lock) where you can enjoy a pleasant pub meal.

You will go straight at Norton Junction and pass through Braunston Tunnel, go down the 6 locks to arrive at the lovely canalside village of Braunston. There you will find a selection of pubs where you can dine.  If you choose to stay on board and need provisions, there is a village shop and award-winning butchers selling a variety of homemade produce. 

Leaving the picturesque village of Braunston behind you take the Oxford Canal south. At Napton Junction turn onto the Grand Union Canal to Stockton in the county of Warwickshire.  There are 10 locks here the last one being at long Itchington.  If you decide to stop here, there are several pubs and a Café.  Also shops so that you can stock up on provisions if you need them.

When you have had enough and are on the move again you will arrive at Radford Semele and pass under the old Roman Road the ‘Fosse Way'.

The next town of interest is Royal Leamington Spa a regency town with its stunning architecture and a large selection of shops and eateries.

Just a further short cruise and you will reach the medieval county town of Warwick.  Warwick itself has notable Roman, Saxon and Norman history. There are a lot of things to do including walking, cycling and not forgetting Warwick Castle which is a must - see attraction.  For the best deal on tickets book them in advance online.

Book with confidence knowing that all of our prices are fully inclusive with fuel, gas, bed linen and secure car parking included.