Canal Boat Holiday Prices 2019

We now have our canal boat holiday prices for 2019 and you will be glad to know there are no significant changes taking place.

Prices 2019

If you wish to book please use the contact page or click here.

August Narrowboat Hire

We only have a few days left for August bookings. Narrowboat hire for six people for 3/4 nights £799 or 7 nights £1149. Please click on the following link to contact us……..

See if you can spot Terry the Turtle on the Ashby canal in the heart of rural Leicestershire! The heart of the Midlands canal network.

Turtles in the Ashby Canal

Things to see on the Ashby Canal

Ever wondered what happened to those Terrapins that were bought back in the 90’s during the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles craze? Well guess what! they are making a comeback, there are Turtles in the Ashby Canal.

Yesterday 8th June 2018 whilst on holiday on the Midland Mallard Narrowboat a most unusual creature was spotted basking on a log. The location of this log and Turtle will remain a secret for now but will be given to holiday makers booking a stay on the Midland Mallard. click here to book.

Canal boat holidays on the Ashby canal always throw up unusual sights such as snake skin, water voles, birds of pray and weird and wonderful fish. Sturgeon have been found but none so as exotic as this!

Normally found in North America Terrapins can grow up to about the size of a dinner-plate. This one was. Turtles are classed as an invasive species. There has been lots of work carried out by the Canal and River Trust trying to eradicate Turtles so it is even more of a surprise they are still being found. However they continue to survive in the canals and rivers of the UK

To come and visit us and view some of the most unusual wildlife in the country and if you wish to book a Narrowboat (Barge) for hire on the Ashby canal on the Leicestershire Warwickshire border please contact Justin on tel:+(0)7397 997646 or visit midlandmallard.com for more information 

Happy Holidays!

Midland Mallard

Perfect Weather for Ducks

This bank holiday saw the best weather of the year with lots of wildlife making an appearance, a perfect day for our new boaters Keith and his friends shown above.

Below are some images captured on Monday 7th May 2018 in and around the Ashby Canal Network in the heart of rural Leicestershire…

We spotted Moorhens nesting with three little chicks and plenty of fish, if anyone can identify them please do and let us know what you think!

If you wish to take a holiday on a narrowboat packed with luxury for either three nights, four nights, seven nights or longer then please contact us on tel: 07397 997646 or visit our website midlandmallard.com

Happy holidays!

Justin at Midland Mallard

Festival on a Boat 1st & 2nd Sept 2018

Every year the small village of Shackerstone hosts a family festival with lost of things to do, including Craft, Medieval re-enactments and food stalls along-side much much more.

The event usually draws up to 15000 people every year and this year there is even more. Why not stay on a Luxury Narrowboat and enjoy the festival that runs from 1st and 2nd September 2018.

To find out more about the festival please go to or click on http://www.shackerstonefestival.co.uk/

To find out more about our luxury Narrowboat click on midlandmallard.com/

Canals Online

Narrowboat Holiday Offer Ending Soon!

Spring Discount for Narrowboat Hire in March & April

Canals OnlineWe are currently offering a 15% Discount on all holidays booked for March and April 2018. All you have to do is quote “SPRING18″ when contacting us to book a holiday on the Ashby canal. Yes that’s correct you will receive 15% off holidays in March or April, but hurry as this is a limited time offer. Offer ends Friday 2nd March 2018.

Discount on 3 or 4 night stay in March and April

Spring Discount for Narrowboat Hire in March & April

We are currently offering a 15% Discount on all holidays booked for March and April 2018. All you have to do is quote SPRING18″ when contacting us to book a holiday on the Ashby canal. Yes that’s correct you will receive 15% off holidays in March or April, but hurry as this is a limited time offer. Offer ends Friday 2nd March 2018.

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To confirm this offer please go to our contact us page and fill in the dates and period you wish to book and we will do the rest.

This offer is only available when booking direct through us and is open for a limited time only. Our usual terms and conditions apply.

 

Moira Canal Festival 19th – 20th May 2018

In 1804 the Ashby Canal was completed and served the coalfields in Derbyshire and Leicestershire. Running from Bedworth on the Coventry canal to Moira further north, the lock free Ashby canal ran a distance of around 30 miles but in 1944 the Moira section was closed and a further closure of the section from Snarestone was also closed in 1966. The section at Moira based within the national forest later received funding and was restored back to its original glory in 2000, this included the restoration of bridge 62 and further winding holes were introduced.

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The Moira canal festival is held every year to raise funds for the further restoration of the Ashby canal and this year hopes to entertain the public with live music, medieval re-enactments, Narrowboat exhibitions, Morris dancing, children’s crafts and a memorial flypast.

Opening hours are from 10:00 – 17:00 and admission prices are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children with free car parking available. Further reading and link to the official website can be found here. 

To visit the Moira canal festival Follow the festival signs to the Moira Furnace Museum, Furnace Lane, Moira, DE12 6AT.

Why not spend that weekend living on a Narrowboat? We offer luxury canal boat holidays on the Ashby canal based at Bosworth Marina a stones throw from the festival. All prices and further information can be found on our website by clicking here…

 

Spring Me a Cup Of Tea Please!

Midland Mallard Radios.
Midland Mallard Radios.

This spring Midland Mallard are introducing a new product to enable better communication between the captain and group members whilst steering the boat.

Having listened to your suggestion in 2017 we are introducing two way radios to help you speak with your group.  Long gone are the days when you are desperate for a coffee but your group are relaxing at the Bow of the boat whilst you steer them about,  Canal boat journeys around the Ashby canal will no longer be a waiting game for the Skipper,  you can now contact them instantly,  that’s right there will be a constant flow of drinks for the Captain!

Order your cup of tea or coffee at the click of a button or send your helpers out to look for mooring spaces in advance with the Motorola H20 waterproof two way radios.

The new system will be in operation from the Spring of 2018 and on-wards and we are awaiting your feedback.  Why not book for this spring and be the first to test them out?

Click on the following link to contact us 

The Ashby Canal is one of the most beautiful canals in the country and spring is one of the best times to see it in its full glory so why not book your Canal Boat Holiday with us!

Best regards!

Midland Mallard

Canal Boat Hire Prices for 2018

2017 has been a great year with lots of happy customers enjoying their holiday on the Ashby canal with Midland Mallard.  But it’s not time to say goodbye to 2017 just yet!  With Just a few slots still available there is still time to book a break in September or October 2017.  Please see our contact us page to make an inquiry or click on the availability button to see what dates are still available.

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Its Not Time to Say Goodbye to 2017 Just Yet

However, if you wish to book a weeks holiday or just a short break in 2018 our prices are now available on the prices page on our website.  Returning customers can enjoy a 10% discount on all dates for 2018 when booking direct through us!

If its you first time booking with us then you may want to read our FAQ page with lots of useful information regarding steering the boats and what you can expect to see on the stunning Ashby Canal!

Kindest regards

Justin Forbes – Midland Mallard.