Routes, Videos and Useful Links.

Below you will find a selection of video's, useful links and example route plans.
Please take your time to go through them to make your Heart of England canal boat holidays as safe and as enjoyable as possible.

The Boaters Handbook.

What If I Fall In?

Children's Guide To Staying Safe.

How To Operate Locks Safely.

No Bread for Ducks!

A Guide to Waterways Holidays.


Here we have some suggested routes for your cruise from our base at Hinksford Wharf.

Please note that these are only example routes. You are responsible for your own itinerary. Please make sure that you take into allowance things like late arrivals, level of canal traffic, lock waits and mooring availability. Your first and last days are short days so please take this into account when working out your cruise.

Unless by prior arrangment, all boats must be returned and departed by 9am.

Quoted amount of locks (L) is the total amount for your cruise there and back.

All routes are available to plan and alter via the website where you can develop your own route. It provides a great deal of information on locks, places of interest, places to moor and timings.

7 Day & 10 Day Breaks:

Useful Links:



Canal & River Trust Resources for Children –


Canal & River Trust – 


Route Planner -



Mobile Phone Applications:


Onboard GPS - Open Canal Map available via


Emergency Location Finder - What3Words app at


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