Location

Midland Mallard Boat Hire are located at the Bosworth Marina, Carlton Rd, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton. CV13 6PG, Situated in the beautiful town of Market Bosworth the final battle scene for King Richard III.

The surrounding area of Market Bosworth is a SSSI site of special scientific interest with many plant and animal species present.

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Market Bosworth Canal Boat Hire

By Car

From the M1 Services at Leicester Forest East Take Baines Lane North and head towards Hinckley Rd/ the A47.

Map of M1 to Midland Mallard

  1. Head west on Hinckley Road A47 for about two miles towards Grange Ave.
  2. Turn right near the ESSO garage onto Leicester Lane / B582.
  3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Leicester Ln/B582 Continue to follow B582
  4. Turn left onto Bosworth Ln/B585
  5. Turn right onto A447
  6. Turn left onto Bosworth Rd
  7. Continue onto The Park
  8. Continue onto Rectory Ln
  9. Rectory Ln turns right and becomes Market Pl
  10. Turn left onto Station Rd
  11. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Market Bosworth Road
  12. Then take your first right onto Carlton Road the Marina Is on your right

Map of Midland Mallard base

By Bus

The rural bus has its terminal by the entrance to Bosworth Marina and travels through the villages of Market Bosworth, Barlestone, Newbold Verdon, and Desford whilst travelling to Leicester, the burial place of Richard III.  From Market Bosworth there are buses to other towns and villages to explore. Click here for the bus timetable

By Bicycle

We are National Cycle Route no 52 and Hinckley and Bosworth cycling map H&B4 which can be downloaded at www.leics.gov.uk/cycling

The picture below shows Bosworth Marina.

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Our Location in Relation to the Canal Network

Our location in relationship to the Ashby Canal Network can be seen on the map below, more details of how long it takes to navigate through the canal system can be found at the following website CanalplanAC.  This website allows you to enter details of your journey including how many hours you wish to travel each day. This will allow you to consider your holiday options.

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Points Of interest on the Ashby Canal Include various pubs and cafes detailed below…

Ashby Canal Map
Ashby Canal Points of Interest

About The Midlands!

The Midlands Geography

The Midlands is an area centrally located within England, part of the UK.  It currently has no designated administrative area , it therefore, lacks any strict definition. However, it is generally considered to include the counties of Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire.  Being as far inland as it is possible to be, the Midlands generally has a temperate climate with generally calm winds and warm summers.

History of the Midlands

The Midlands is considered to be the historical heartland of the Industrial revolution which came about during the period between 1760 and 1820. Incidentally, this period coincides exactly with the reign of King George III.  During this period, hand held tools and the human workforce began to be replaced by steam driven machines which were more reliable and could work around the clock. Machines based around the James Watt steam engine were changed to incorporate a circular motion thus replacing the piston motion engines of the past.  This enabled industry to create production line systems.  Due to these changes, and due to the large number of factories making textiles and popular products of the time, this made the Midlands a significant contributor at the cutting edge of the industrial revolution.

The Midlands Canal Network

The midlands canal network first came into being in the 18th century and was “Cut” to provide transport for the growing pottery industries around Staffordshire and the West Midlands.  It was created to provide a more efficient and faster route for commercial goods to be transported. The Midlands Canal Network formed a major navigational highway through the period of Industrial revolution.  Canal boats were mainly pulled by horses which travelled on the “Tow Path” built next to the canals.  Horses were later replaced by on-board mechanised systems, which again were brought about by changes in the James Watts Steam engine.  Some of the steam powered boats can still be seen today making their way up and down the Midlands Canals but are mainly kept under wraps and reserved for special boating events.  Most of the canal boats are now powered by even more efficient propulsion methods such as Diesel engines and even hybrid petrol engines using silent electric motors.  Later, around 1840, the steam powered train network came into being and began to threaten the very existence of the canal network as transport times were quicker. By 1850, nearly two thirds of the produce previously carried by canal was now being transported by rail.

Things to see and do on the Midlands Canal Network

There are many relics of the industrial revolution to observe throughout  the Midlands Canal Network.  There are many things to do whilst navigating the Midlands canal network not least of all the pubs and restaurants that festoon the tow paths.  Ironically, what had become the bane of the Midlands Canal network inadvertently became it saving grace.  As the steam engines rolled on to become the highway of its day , the canal network was allowed to rest and mature. Where once stood a dirty trodden towpath may now contain a woodland. Where once upon a time industry had created pollution, there are unspoilt waters containing large fish. In fact, the water now houses some very weird and wonderful creatures indeed.  For example, during the 1990’s, children watching T.V programmes like the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (As it was called in the UK) went out and purchased Terrapins from their local pet shops.  Once the children became bored of the turtles and moved onto something more adult, those turtles were discarded into the Canal Network and, survive in parts, to be the size of dinner plates. This is why the Midlands Canal network is worth exploration and why we hope you will enjoy the freedom and adventure that it will bring to you.

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Midland Mallard

Carlton Rd, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton CV13 6PG

Contact: +44 (0)7397 997646

We are open from 09:00 to 17:00 daily.

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