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Ideally situated at the head of the Oxford Canal, Napton is a base for a large number of interesting routes.

Add a touch of Royalty to your short break narrowboat trip by cruising to Royal Leamington Spa and and then on to Warwick Castle.

For a longer holiday, follow the Warwickshire Ring, where you’ll discover the contrasts of the beautiful countryside around Warwick with city life and industry through Birmingham, Napton Junction and Spaghetti Junction. Or why not cruise one of the UK’s longest routes along the Grand Union Canals.

Trips of beauty and interest can also be achieved on Napton narrowboats, including Stratford Upon Avon, Oxford, Snarestone, or a visit to the Waterways Museum at Stoke Bruerne, depending on the number of locks you wish to negotiate on the cruising route.

Routes from Napton Base

Canal route maps Warwickshire


Wigrams Turn Marina, Shuckburgh Road,
Napton on the Hill, Warwickshire  CV47 8NL


Snarestone and return canal boat holiday

106 Miles
8 Locks
1 Week Cruise
6 hours per day

Warwickshire Ring canal boat holiday

100 Miles
95 Locks
1 Week Cruise
8 hours per day

Oxford and return canal boat holiday

102 Miles
78 Locks
1 Week Cruise
8 hours per day

Grand Union South

96 miles
54 locks
1 week
7 hours per day
Napton Route E

Stoke Bruerne, Blisworth Tunnel and return canal boat holiday

62 Miles
60 Locks
1 Week Cruise
6 hours per day

Napton Short Break Route

Locks: 26
22hrs return

Narrowboats Available to hire from Napton

Below are the boat types that are available to hire from this base in Napton-on-the-Hill near Napton Marina. When you start your Black prince Holidays search, all the boat options and dates that closely match your desired departure date and party number will be presented to you.

Sat 2.30pm – Tues 9.30am | Tues 2.30pm – Sat 9.30am

Princess 2 | Princess 4 | Princess 4 Signature | Shakespeare 4 | Duchess 4 | Princess 6 | Duchess 6 | Duchess 8

Fri 2.30pm – Mon 9.30am | Mon 2.30pm – Fri 9.30am

Princess 4 | Duchess 2Duchess 4 | Duchess 8Lautrec 4


The Red Lion, Hellidon, Nr. Daventry, NN11 6LG Tel: 01327 261200

Travelodge Regent Hotel, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 4AT  Tel: 0871 984 6239
Contact Travelodge direct for prices Fax: 01926 432473

National Rail Enquiries:
 Tel: 08457 484950 Tel: 0871 244 1545
Nearest Airport: Birmingham International- Tel. 0121 767 5511
Nearest Railway Station:Rugby


UK Taxis Tel: 01327 300400 or 301321

There is a Tesco’s supermarket in Southam

From Heathrow airport, get the London underground tube to Euston station.
From Gatwick airport, get the Gatwick Express to London Victoria station, then get a London underground tube to London Euston.
From Stansted airport, get the London underground tube to London Euston.
From Euston, get a train to Rugby station (approx. 10 miles from Napton).
From Paddington, get a train to Leamington Spa station (approx. 9 miles from Napton).
Visit to plan your route on the London Underground.

Get a train to Leamington Spa station (approx. 9 miles from Napton).

Napton is situated 2 miles east of Southam, Warwickshire, midway between Banbury and Coventry.

M1: Exit at Junction 16 onto the A45 to Daventry. Take the A425 towards Leamington and Southam. The entrance to the base is on the right hand side.

M6: Exit at Junction 2 and follow the signs for Coventry East (A46). At Ryton roundabout, follow the signs for Banbury (A423) until you reach Southam. At the second roundabout turn left towards Daventry (A425). The entrance to the base is on the left hand side.

M40 South: Exit at Junction 11 (Banbury) and follow the signs for Southam on the A423.

M40 North: Exit at Junction 12 (Gaydon) and follow the signs for Southam on the B4451. At the second roundabout turn right onto the A425 towards Daventry. The entrance to the base is on the left hand side.

Napton Reviews:

Regrettably we have had a false one star review posted on Google which has lowered our rating. We have reported this review to Google.

Tina KoenigTina Koenig
10:34 25 Sep 22
Had a great holiday on Lizzie in may ,great staff ,friendly and welcoming, boat was lovely and clean ,everything you needed on board, we really enjoyed the experience
Simon Slater - CannonSimon Slater - Cannon
16:49 22 Jun 22
Currently on board Iona and coming to the end of our two week tour of the Warwickshire ring. Nothing short of fantastic time with this narrow boat. The Black Prince staff have been very supportive and very approachable.
Peter MartinPeter Martin
21:22 11 Oct 21
Excellent boat & excellent holiday. Only minus was being told to remove our bags from the boat at 0850 while waiting for a taxi so cleaner could board, this when boat did not need to be returned until 0900. No "please", no pleasant request, just told! Boat maintenance staff excellent but housekeeping staff need to learn some manners - and to tell the time!
Hugo SpieglHugo Spiegl
14:31 05 Aug 20
Excellent, helpful and courteous service. Clean and well maintained boats. All ready on time. A good slick operation even in these difficult times!
Liz HolmesLiz Holmes
10:40 18 May 19
We had a lovely 5 days from Napton Marina. Our first time on a canal boat, the boat was very comfortable and well equipped. The briefing and help from the staff was excellent and they were all very friendly. Would definitely go again!!
12:22 16 Dec 18
Although it was some time ago I always look back in fondness of the holiday we took in a Black Prince narrowboat navigating the Four Counties Ring that links the four English counties of Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands.