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
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!
Most boat owners know how hard it can be living aboard a narrowboat especially in Winter. However, with central heating and various heating systems on board these days life on board a narrowboat should be a cosy affair.
In this short clip by our old friend David, or Mr CC as he prefers to be know by these days, David explains the different types of heating available and their individual merits.
To make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible you will receive face to face training and one clear document that will help guide you through your holiday, everything from how to steer the boat to how you make the beds up. You will also receive hands on training as there are some things that will be easier to show you. We will also point you towards the most helpful of tutorials either on line or on DVD before your stay.
There are various ways in which you can prepare for your canal boat holiday, one of which is to watch the “Youtube” video of the “Boaters Handbook DVD” which should help you understand the basics of boating life. This can be viewed by clicking the following button
The Ashby Canal is a Lock free canal so there may only be a few instances that require you to use the on-board winding / lock keys and this will also be explained as a matter of course.
You will receive training before and during your stay on the Narrowboat in the following areas…
1) Safety – How to stay safe when on-board and off the boat.
2) Gas – How to operate the cooker and gas bottles.
3) Waste Water – An explanation on where it goes and how to empty the holding tanks.
4) Fire – Where to find the Fire Blankets and Extinguishers.
5) Heating – Heating controls and operation.
6) Toilets – How to Operate.
7) Electrical – Where they are located and how to keep batteries charged.
8) Sleeping – How to make up the beds and how to configure the layouts.
9) Alcohol and Drugs – An explanation of your requirements whilst in charge of the Narrowboat.
10) Points of interest – Where to eat and drink and other points of interest.
You will also learn how to open and maintain the weed hatch which is located at the back end of the boat just in-case you pick up any obstructions in the water.
A basic Android tablet with the canal route app will be provided on all rentals. This app will allow you to view places nearby in greater detail and will give you a GPS location. In the event of an emergency whereby we have to reach you it will be easier to locate you with this app.
When Hiring a canal boat in the Midlands you will have access to the main artery of the canal network so if you are staying for a while the whole network is accessible.
A Canal Boat holiday on the Ashby canal is the perfect introduction to narrowboat life.