Moira Canal Festival 19th – 20th May 2018

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.

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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…

 

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.

 

 

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.