Pictures

You may be wondering where the pictures of boats are on the website!

Fear not, the pictures will be on the website shortly please bear with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Canal Boat Training

Will I receive training on a Canal Boat Holiday?

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  how-to-operate-a-narrowboat-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.

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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Merry Xmas MidlandMallard.

Happy Xmas from us at MidlandMallard.

Living on a Narrowboat

Living on a narrowboat can be a daunting challenge for even the most hardy outdoorsy types but fear not….

Over the past few months I’ve been following the exploits of David Johns, an ex Jounalist who decided to pack it all in and go buy a canal boat to live on.

With no real experience of life on a narrowboat David set about recording (via a series of videos) his experiences from buying a boat to reconditioning a cassette toilet.

During his Vlogs David meticulously explains in his usual engaging manner all of the trials boat life throws at him from lock challenges to tunnel scrapes not to mention the magical chimney submarine.

If you want to know anything about canal boats David will guide you through it with energy and vigour. Check his Vlog out at www.cruisingthecut.co.uk

Xmas Quackers

Thanks my bearded friend Dave Vennor for this great picture of a Shoveler at Sunset…

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Keep those Ducks coming Dave great pics! I owe you a cup of tea!

Happy Xmas from Midland Mallard the home of great canal boat holidays.

 

Market Bosworth Steam Train

The Battlefield Line Market Bosworth.

Why not visit Market Bosworth’s old steam train ticket office and book yourself on a journey to Shackerstone. Tickets are around £5 “Bargain!

Below is a picture of the old Victorian train station near Bosworth Marina and beneath that is the still working engine.

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Old Steam Train at Market Bosworth…

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Shackerstone is known as the home of the Battlefield Line Railway, a preserved steam and diesel museum, that runs trains to Bosworth Battlefield. The railway came to Shackerstone in 1873 and continued providing passenger services until 1931 after which only freight ran on the rails of the Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway. The line was finally closed by British Rail in 1970. The Railway society has since restored the station and reopened the line to Shenton Station the terminus for Bosworth Battlefield.

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