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
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.
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.
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.
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…
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?
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.
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!
The rail ale festival which took place at the weekend was a great success with lots to see and do. Our visitors Angela and Gary from London had a great time at the festival enjoying the plethora of ales, music and comedy.
There were lots of traction engines as always again this year some of which are shown below…
We are taking bookings for next year so be sure not to miss out on this family festival in 2018.
Thanks for viewing canal boat holidays on the Ashby canal in the Midlands.
This years Market Bosworth Rail Ale festival is nearly upon us! Why not spend the weekend living on-board our luxury narrowboat just a stones throw away from the annual festival based at the Market Bosworth steam train station?
Serving up 80 Real Ales Over 30 Ciders & Perries Pimms Bar Featuring Steam Trains Live Entertainment – Dr Busker and Natalie Nightingale Traction Engines Morris Dancers Hot/Cold Food Children Welcome
Book a six berth narrowboat with friends or family and enjoy the festival. Or why not take a steam train up and down the Battlefield line and visit the historic site of Bosworth Battlefield?
Click here to contact us and book your stay for three nights four nights or a full week.