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Hire a Canal Boat

Thank you for choosing your canal boat holiday with Midland Mallard.  No matter the length of your trip, we’re sure that you’ll have a fantastic time cruising the cut around this largely rural and beautiful part of the country.

Based at the new luxury marina at Market Bosworth, Midland Mallard canal boat holidays are hiring out our six berth Narrow boat available from 1st April.  Midland Mallard are a Self Drive Holiday Hire company registered under number 90952936 by the Canal and River Trust.

Based at Market Bosworth
Based at Market Bosworth

Your stay on board will enable you to cruise the Ashby canal and the rest of the canal network, starting in the beautiful Leicester countryside where there are lots of things to see and do.  There are no major roads nearby so it is peaceful.  Also If you are thinking of buying a Narrowboat to live aboard then why not try staying with us on the Ashby Canal Network, as this stretch is lock free it will allow you to enjoy the canals with no distractions.

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You may even wish to stay in and around the historic town of Market Bosworth, the final battle scene for King Richard III which is just a few short minutes from the Marina.  The Ashby canal runs through the old battle lines and there is a visitor centre which is also free. Why not check out the Historic steam railway or just meander through the countryside which is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and boasts a great many species of wildlife.


Entertainment on board comprises of Digital TV and a top of the range “Kenwood” audio system with DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity so you can bring your own sounds if you wish or just relax to the sounds of nature passing by.

Canal barge Midlands
Moored on the Ashby Canal.

However you wish to spend your time, holidays won’t be the same again having spent time relaxing and enjoying the scenery around the beautiful Midlands countryside with Midland Mallard Canal Boat Holidays on the Ashby Canal.

We aim to make your visit to the historic Ashby canal network a peaceful and interesting affair so we will have equipped the boat with all the mod cons including a canal navigation app provided free with every boat hire and WIFI (You will not find these with other similar hire companies).  The app provided on a 7″ tablet will ensure you miss nothing whilst steering the boat down the Midlands canal network.

There are many places to visit on the canal network including some lovely pubs and cafes or if you wish to just relax and watch the beautiful scenery roll by you can!

You may be asking yourself questions like how far can I travel in the time I have? Well we have maps and guidance for you so you can plan ahead of your stay.  You may also 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.

See below for points of interest…

Ashby Canal Map
Ashby Canal Points of Interest
Pubs and Restaurants on the Ashby Canal the Midlands
Pubs and Restaurants on the Ashby Canal the Midlands


Canal Boat Midland Mallard front room
Canal Boat Midland Mallard front room

Cruising on the canal picCanal Boat Hire Midlands


About Us!

Here at Midland Mallard we aim to provide a luxury narrow-boat holiday experience for people wishing to visit the beautiful countryside and canal networks across the Midlands.

Based at Bosworth Marina on the wonderful Ashby canal we aim to provide a bespoke service that allows a family or couple to enjoy and relax among some of the U.K’s best kept and historical waterways.  Providing a friendly and professional service and providing customers with safe and professional training on all aspects of boating.

Midland Mallard aim to become an industry leader in promoting green practices. We will pride ourselves in helping our clients safely and peacefully navigate their way through the waterways and aim to identify and adopt green processes and initiatives throughout all our practices while always concentrating on luxury 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 you wish by using our comments section below.

Want to hire a day boat on the canal?  Then take a look at Harry and Sally, the narrow boat that is based at Bosworth Marina. Visit their website for more information.

Happy holidays!