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Canal Boat Holiday In the Midlands on the Ashby Canal, Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal

We offer holidays of varying duration. `No matter the length of your canal boat holiday, we’re sure that you’ll have a great time cruising the cut with us! We will provide “probably the best equipped boat” on this rural and beautiful part of the Midlands countryside. In conclusion, you won’t find a more reasonably priced Narrowboat Holiday in the UK.

Late Availability Midlands Canal Boat Hire Ashby Canal

If you are looking for boating holidays, barge hire, canal boat holidays or Narrowboat holidays in the midlands you’ve come to the right place. Here at Midland Mallard we provide narrowboats (canal boats) for hire from the Ashby canal in the midlands. If you decide to book a late break please click the link to contact us about booking. Late availability narrowboat hire in a beautiful location is our forte.

Holidays Based on the Ashby Canal

Midland Mallard are located on the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal or more commonly known as Ashby Canal at Market Bosworth marina. You can access all areas of the Canal network by joining the Coventry Canal at Marston Junction at the start of the Ashby canal. We also cover canal boat hire on the Coventry canal and are based close to the Coventry Basin. Provided for each canal boat holiday are our flexible six or four berth narrowboats (Hotel Boats) which have luxury, well equipped layouts and included is unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi. Our boats are available for groups of two to six people and are steered by you following some training. Midland Mallard are a self drive holiday hire company registered by the “Canal and River Trust”.

Canal Boat Holiday in the Midlands

Midland Mallard provide Narrowboat holidays in the Midlands, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Coventry, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire and Stoke on Trent. We provide trips on the Ashby canal from Shakerstone, Hinckley, Snarestone, Nuneaton, Market Bosworth, Congerstone, Stoke Golding to Rugby, Tamworth and the Coventry basin Hawksbury Junction and the Atherstone flight.

About Your Holiday With Us

Your stay on board will give you access to the Ashby canal and the rest of the canal network. Starting in the beautiful Leicestershire / Warwickshire countryside where there are lots of things to see and do. There are no major roads nearby so you can feel confident that your canal boat holiday In the Midlands will be tranquil. If you are thinking of buying a Narrowboat to live aboard then why not try staying with us on the Ashby canal and journey through the rest of the Midlands network? This stretch of the canal is lock free and it will allow you to enjoy a canal boat holiday in the UK with no distractions.

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If you have any questions or would like to discuss a canal boat holiday in the midlands please contact us on Tel: 01455 717273 or alternatively Email:

Things to do on the Ashby Canal

You may wish to stay in the historic town of Market Bosworth, the final battle scene for King Richard III. Market Bosworth is just a few short minutes walk from the Marina. The Ashby canal runs through the old battle lines and there is a visitor centre which is free to visit. Why not check out the historic steam railway which runs parallel? You could meander through the SSSI countryside a (Site of Special Scientific Interest) which boasts a great many species of wildlife. Whilst being beautiful, the Ashby canal also has lots of pubs and restaurants to visit, some of which are detailed below.

What's on board the Narrowboat?

Bathroom Example

Midland Mallard Bathroom layout.

On board the six berth boats there are two bathrooms containing two toilets, showers and hand basins. Please bring your own bath towels as these are not provided.  Having two bathrooms ensures you can separate by parties or by gender if you so wish!

Kitchen Example

Midland Mallard Kitchen

The Kitchen is fully equipped with a cooker containing oven, hob and grill, larder fridge and a microwave.  All kitchenware and utensils are provided for each hire.

Lounge Area Example

In the lounge area there is a comfortable seating area with a large central table and an extra pull down seat for two.  A digital smart television with “Netflix and YouTube” is provided. A DVD player and CD player / Digital (DAB) radio player with Bluetooth are also provided through our Kenwood Audio System.  WIFI will be provided using a MIFI device.  There are also ample plug sockets available on board with USB sockets (with a maximum capacity of 2 kW) this is ample for cruising the cut.

Pubs and Restaurants on the Ashby Canal

During your Canal Boat Holiday in the Midlands you might wish to visit some pubs or restaurants on the Ashby canal. 14 sites to visit are detailed below…

How Will We Know Where To Go?

You may be asking yourself questions like how far can I travel in the time I have? We have maps and guidance for you provided on booking and on the boat when you arrive. During your canal boat holiday in the Midlands you may wish to know how far the points of interest are from the canal towpath. We have that covered too!  If you have any questions like this then please feel free to contact us through our form on our contacts page. You can enjoy many points of interest including pubs, cafes and restaurants on your canal boat holiday In the Midlands. We will send you maps for points of interest on the Ashby Canal…


Ashby Canal Boat Hire
Ashby Canal Boat Hire from Bosworth Marina


The Lime Kilns Pub
The Lime Kilns Pub

About Us

Here at Midland Mallard we aim to provide a luxury narrowboat holiday (Canal Boat Holiday) experience in the Midlands. We provide hire boats for people wishing to visit the beautiful countryside and canal networks across the Midlands.

Based at the new luxury Marina on the wonderful Ashby canal we aim to provide a bespoke Canal Boat Holiday in the Midlands. We run a service that allows a family or couple to enjoy relaxing among the U.K’s best kept waterways. Providing a friendly and professional canal boat holiday service and providing customers with safe and professional training on all aspects of boating.

Our Aims

Midland Mallard aim to become an industry leader in promoting green practices. We pride ourselves in helping our clients safely and peacefully navigate their way through the waterways. Our aim is to use best practice initiatives throughout, whilst concentrating on luxury Canal Boat Holidays at a reasonable cost. Our aim is to use environmentally friendly cleaning agents. Conduct environmentally sound practices and carry out constant safety checks, as-well as quality checks on all aspects of the business.

Please feel free to ask any questions by using our contact us form.