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.

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

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

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.

 

 

The Midlands Canal Network

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.

Competition Time!

Win a Free Weekend Holiday On a Canal Boat.

Shortly we will be announcing a competition to win a Fabulous weekend break for six people on a Canal Boat on the Ashby Canal from Market Bosworth in Leicestershire.

If we can reach 500 Followers on Facebook by the end of January 2017 then our competition will be confirmed for this year (2017) all you have to do is like this post.

If we reach 500 followers we will invite the first 500 lucky people to enter into the draw which will take place before the end of March 2017. Those people will be randomly picked out of a hat by a third party and informed of the winner via Facebook.

Terms and conditions for the competition will apply as do the usual terms of hire. There is no cash alternative and our word is final etc etc.

Good luck and see you soon!

 

MidlandMallard

Heating a Narrowboat

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.

Hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

Happy New Year

Lets hope 2017 is a great year and the weather stays good for a canal boat holiday on the Ashby Canal.

 

May your 2017 wishes come true.

Happy new year from MidlandMallard.

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Things to see and do on the Ashby Canal.

There are lots of things to see and do on the Ashby Canal.

The canal is named Ashby-de-la-Zouch, however it is more commonly know as the Ashby. The Ashby winds it’s way peacefully through the countryside for almost the whole of its LOCK FREE 22-mile length, it is perfect for first time boaters. With hedgerows and reeds adding to a green landscape. It is rich in wildlife which includes Herons, Kingfishers, Moorhens and large fish. In Dec 2013 a large Pike weighing 32 lbs was discovered lurking in the waters. Other course fish include bream, roach and chub.

From Snarestone to Carlton Bridge, the canal is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, supporting aquatic plant life and several varieties of dragonfly.

This unspoilt canal is also a gateway into medieval times. The ridge and furrow patterns created by medieval farmers can still be seen and the canal line touches the western edge of Bosworth Field, where Richard III met his match at the hands of Henry Tudor in 1485. The hawthorn bushes at Stoke Golding are said to be where Richard’s crown was discovered following the battle.

Click image below for more history anf info about the Ashby Canal Network..

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Ashby Canal Map