Northamptonshire Boating Holidays

Gayton Marina routes are enriched by the rolling Northamptonshire arable landscape. These routes pass through the countryside hills and woodland areas, as well as towns and villages along the way, which are all easily accessible from the canal side. Discover more about Northampton canal boat holidays from Gayton Marina.

Phone: 01604 858685
Phone to book: 0330 333 0590 (Free UK calls)
Address: Gayton Marina, Blisworth Arm, Northamptonshire, NN7 3ER
Berths: 2-12

Maps / Guides

Nicholson: N1, N3
Lockmaster: L14, L17, L18
Pearsons: P6, P7
Geo Projects: G29

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Grand Union Canal Boat Hire

Gayton Marina is situated on the Grand Union canal, England, and just a short cruise away from the historic 2,813-metre-long Blisworth tunnel.
With canal boats to suit anything from 2-12 people, the choice of routes is excellent, including short breaks, ring routes, and the popular Oxford and return taking in historic sites, such as Blenheim Palace.

At Gayton Marina, you are spoilt for choice when choosing your route. Stay on the Grand Union canal and visit Stoke, Bruerne and Aylesbury, or venture north to the Oxford canal and beyond.

For the really ambitious, The Grand Ring can be completed in 2 to 3 weeks, making for one epic family journey! More information about canal routes can be found below.

Directions to Gayton Marina



From Towcester (junction of A5 & A43) take the A43 towards Northampton. After 2 miles turn right towards Blisworth for 1 mile. In the centre of Blisworth turn left just past Royal Oak pub (200m) towards Northampton. Do not turn into Chapel Lane. Turn left in front of a row of thatched cottages into Northampton Road (to Milton Malsor)for 1 mile. Turn left at the staggered crossroad (to Rothersthorpe & Gayton). Immediately after the bridge over the A43, turn left at the T-junction. Go over the canal bridge and the marina is 300m on the left.

From the M1, exit at junction 15A and take the A43 towards Northampton for 1/4 mile. At roundabout turn left (to Pineham & Rothersthorpe). Then at the set of lights you turn left (to Rothersthorpe & Pattishall). At the crossroads turn left (to Milton Malsor & Blisworth). After going over the second canal bridge, the marina is 300m on the left.


From Luton, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted or Birmingham: There are a number of options including rail or coach to Northampton. Up to date information regarding these services will be at the Airport.


Take the train to Northampton station and then a taxi to the marina (about 5 miles). 




Here are some useful resources for information regarding Gayton Marina.

Train times & tickets
Birmingham Airport
Luton Airport
Gatwick Airprort
Stanstead Airport


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Featured Routes

Featured routes from Gayton Marina, Northamptonshire

Aylesbury & return

A good route for the first timer. Through delightful countryside, taking in the Great Ouse Aqueduct at Cosgrove, Milton Keynes. Then arriving at Aylesbury, with the attractive old town centre just a short walk from the canal basin. 

Banbury & Return

Your route will lead you through glorious disputed territory before meandering lazily along one of engineer James Brindley’s renowned contour-hugging canals. A journey of trade and heritage, accompanied by the rhythms of music and nursery rhymes.

Coventry or Snarestone & return

With only 17 locks each way between Gayton and Coventry, this is one of the easiest one-week routes. The remote and rural Ashby Canal for Snarestone offers 23 miles of lock free cruising after Marston. 

Leicester or East Midlands Ring

A varied route taking in parts of the Grand Union Main Line & Leicester Line, the Oxford Canal, the River Soar, a short section of the River Trent, part of the Trent & Mersey Canal, and the Coventry Canal. This route includes five tunnels, several aqueducts, and 113 locks - can be done in 14 nights.

Market Harborough & return

Market Harborough and return is a tranquil rural route through rolling Northamptonshire countryside. It is a 7 day cruise and has 48 locks. It is popular with those seeking something different – there are at least 4 moveable bridges, 20 small aqueducts/underbridges and 4 tunnels including Crick Tunnel and Husband’s Bosworth Tunnel.

Oxford & Return

Your route will lead you through the disputed territory of two rival canals, the Grand Union and the Oxford, and will meander lazily along a contour-hugging canal. You’ll hear of rivalries and wars, nursery rhymes, brickwork and heritage boats, ending in a world-famous city of learning.

The Grand Ring

Take in the delights of the southern waterways including Oxford, Banbury, Leighton Buzzard, but then follow a similar route to Limehouse and return for another aspect.

The Warwickshire Ring

A route mixing rural and urban which takes in parts of the Grand Union Main Line, the Oxford Canal, the Coventry Canal, the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal and the Stratford Canal. This route from Gayton includes six tunnels, several aqueducts, and 145 locks - can be done in 14 nights.

Warwick & return

A very popular week cruise with Warwick Castle en route


Short Breaks

The following are suggested routes for short break canal holidays from Gayton Marina

Braunston or Napton & return

This is a peaceful journey of junctions and battles between two rival canals, the Oxford and the Grand Union. A relaxing cruise through open countryside dosed with occasional lock flights and the great engineering drama of a collision between canal, railway and road.

Crick & Return

Crick and back, along the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section). This route also includes the fabulous Foxton Locks, featuring 10 locks in a row. 

Great Linford or Fenny Stratford & return

A journey of world-renowned engineering and mathematics, this route leads from idyllic thatched villages to a booming city. An opportunity to explore the heritage of the canals and ironically the story of our modern world.

Welford & Return

Welford has plenty of overnight mooring places, with a reservoir and a village to explore.


Featured Boats

Featured Boats from Gayton Marina, Northamptonshire

Six to eight berth Boats

Alvechurch Gull

Max: 6 People

Length: 66ft

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Alvechurch Sandpiper

Max: 6 People

Length: 66ft

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Alvechurch Thrush

Max: 6 People

Length: 66ft

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Alvechurch Warbler

Max: 8 People

Length: 69ft

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Two to Five berth Boats

Alvechurch Grebe

Max: 4 People

Length: 47ft

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Alvechurch Heron

Max: 5 People

Length: 58ft

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Alvechurch Bunting

Max: 5 People

Length: 47ft

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Alvechurch Wren

Max: 4 People

Length: 49ft

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Up to twelve berth Boats

Alvechurch Owl

Max: 10 People

Length: 70ft

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Alvechurch Swan

Max: 12 People

Length: 70ft

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