Chieftain canal boat – Tardebigge Flight

Hi all, well we have just completed 77 miles and 147 locks bringing ‘Chieftain’ canal boat back to the ‘Old Barn’ from Stoke Prior.  4 fantastic days with great March sun and temperatures up in the 18 degree region.  Along the way we saw the March hares, March lambs and almost had the canal to ourselves – Chieftain is a great cruising canal boat, very comfortable and accommodating.  We were up at 6.30 am and motoring by 7 am with breakfast at 9.30, bacon rolls and lots of coffee.  Lunch was taken by the side of the canal around 1 pm and we stopped at around 5.30 pm.  2 meals on board and 1 in the local pub.

All in all, a great 4 days – strong shoulders and a a little lost around the ‘waist line’!!

Colin & Louise, Jo & Duncan

Chieftain canal boat launched at last

Well folks – after a long winter Chieftain canal boat sets to the waterways.  More photos will be posted as soon as possible.

Our narrow boat holiday from ‘The Old Barn’

Our Oxford Canal Narrow boat Holiday 

We would just like to say a huge thank you to Colin, Louise and Brian for making our narrow boat holiday easy, fun, relaxing, enjoyable and but most of all comfortable!

Booking was quick and simple; we just called and spoke to Louise who was more than happy to answer any questions we had about the narrow boat and what routes we could take in our time scale. She was also able to tell us about what to do and see on the Oxford Canal and connecting routes.

We collected the narrow boat and were greeted by Colin and Louise who showed us around the narrow boat and gave us a run through of all the things we needed to know. They are also more than happy to jump on board for the first hour or so to give you demonstration of how to steer and manoeuvre the narrow boat for beginners. The boat had all the things you could need to make it feel like home. There were books and maps telling us about the Oxford Canals and connecting waterways, and points of interest en-route.

We had a great two week narrow boat holiday going up the Oxford Canal, onto the Grand Union and completing the Warwick Ring. You work to your own schedule, stopping to admire the scenery and wildlife, or just because you can. We found lots of lovely pubs to stop at for a bite to eat and of course a drink or two!!!

Mooring up at night, wherever you want, in the middle of a town, so you can go for a drink and a posh meal, or in the middle of nowhere enjoying the peace and quiet and complete blackness with no street-light pollution. We had great fun on the Hatton Flight and Napton Flight. There are loads of other boaters going up and down so if you are new to it then there are plenty of people help. After opening and closing all the locks you can be guaranteed to get a good night sleep, and toned legs!!

If you feel the need to get your land legs back for a short while whilst on the Warwick Ring you can stop off and enjoy a day at Warwick Castle. We had a great day there and it is only a short walk from the free mooring.  Stocking up on supplies is no problem either, loads of little local shops or farm shops, where you can get the essentials and much more. We also were able to do a bigger shop at so you will never go without.

Once again – thanks to Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats for a great two weeks.

Ben, Fi and Ann-Marie


Bookings for boating holidays on the Oxford Canal are already good!

Obviously the Oxford Canal is the place to be this season.

Chieftain has had many bookings already and weeks are filling fast.  The Oxford Canal is one of the most beautiful and with options of the Upper Thames – North or South on the Canal you have a great choice of places to go, things to see.

Thank you to all those who have booked with us.

Colin & Louise





Chieftain narrow boat gets her colours!

Chieftain narrow boat will change colours in the next two weeks from her current red livery to a subtle grey/black with a striking red coach roof.  Then she will be ready to make passage back to her new home at ‘The Old Barn’ on the Oxford Canal at Twyford Wharf.

So, look out for the new pictures of Chieftain narrow boat – and thank you to all our visitors to our new web site –

Regards – Louise



Welcome – Twyford Wharf Narrow boat holidays

Twyford Wharf Narrow boat holidays

Colin, Louise & Brian welcome you most warmly to our web site. We hope that you have reached so far because you are looking for narrow boat holidays? Then look no further, our boat, ‘Cheiftain’ is a wonderfully equipped 62ft, 4/6 berth narrow boat – have a look at the specification on to see what’s aboard.

‘Chieftain’ is due to arrive at ‘The Old Barn’ at the end of March 2012 and reservations can be made from April 2012 onwards. You can book your week right now though, so don’t delay!!