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Pictures from the area - Coventry

Pictures from the area - Coventry
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Warwick

As in many other cities in central England a castle was built in Warwick in the middle of the 11th century when William the 1st was on his way to Yorkshire to fight a rebellion against his rule. In the city you’ll see many buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, since a huge fire razed the old town in 1694. Warwick is also home to a horse racing track. This is a nice place to feel the sunshine while you and the rest of your crew enjoys a great cultural experience. If you like to feel the soft green grass of a golf course you should also go to horse racing track. “Why?” you might think. Well, in the large green area which the horses races around is home to 9-hole golf course as well as a driving range, if you feel more like taking some time practicing your strokes.  
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Coventry

All through the Middle Ages Coventry was one of the most important cities in all of Britain and the city centre was a historic landmark up until World War 2. But during the war the Luftwaffe bombing raids targeted Coventry heavily thus destroying many of the historic buildings beyond repair. Therefore, you’ll see a large number of modern buildings when you stroll through downtown Coventry today. One of the reasons Luftwaffe targeted Coventry was the huge amount of industry for Britain’s war effort that was produced in the area. After World War 2 Coventry remained an important industrial hub in Britain, especially for the car industry. Even though the British car industry has since experienced a downturn Coventry remains the place of the headquarters of London EV Company. You might not know the firm, but you surely know their main product: The famous black cabs of London.   
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Leicester

Snacks is a dear friend on a boating holiday. When choosing England as your destination your newly bought bag of crisps is likely to be of the “Walkers” brand. This brand is the British people’s favourite crisp brand. The Walkers factory in Leicester is one of the biggest of its kind in the world. Every day nearly 800 tonnes of potatoes is used to produce 11 million bags of crisps at the factory. When sailing to Leicester on your boating holiday you will sail on the Grand Union Canal and the river Soar. Just north of the city the two waterways run through a wetland with lots of lakes. Moor here and enjoy a lovely day in the wonderful nature. The city of Leicester itself offer a lot of options for a cultural experience. Whether you want to delve into the history of the English kings, study medieval architecture or experience a top flight football match at the stadium, Leicester has got you covered.   
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Northampton

Grand Union Canal is one the most important waterways in central England. When sailing to Northampton you will arrive at city that really grew large when the canal and railway was built here in the 19th century. This helped make the Northampton an industrial centre for shoe and leatherware. The city is home to multiple historic buildings well worth a visit. Amongst them the beautiful Gothic building of Northampton Guildhall has the ability to mesmerize you. The same can be said about the cathedral which is also home to the bishop of Northampton. If motorsports have you interested then you should take a short trip southwest of Northampton where one the meccas of motorsport is situated, namely the Silverstone. At the legendary racetrack you can get close to proud history of British motorsports.  
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Rugby

When reading the name Rugby, you’ll probably think of the popular sport of the same name. The sport however was named after the city of Rugby in Warwickshire not far from Coventry. Here you can visit the famous school where the first written rules of the game are said to originate. This happened when three students in 1845 wrote the rules that would later evolve into the modern sport.   In general Rugby School and its famous headmaster Thomas Arnold was a source of inspiration for many important cultural events in our life. An example is that Pierre de Coubertin, the Frenchman behind the modern Olympics, has said, that the school and Arnold was a great source of inspiration to him. Another part is the novel “Tom Brown’s Schooldays”, the Harry Potter of the time, was written by the form Rugby School student Thomas Hughes.
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Rugby Base (ABC Boat Hire)

ABC Boat Hite - This base is on the outskirts of Rugby on the rural North Oxford Canal - ideal for contrasting routes taking in pretty countryside, various tunnels and even a castle at Warwick.
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Gayton (ABC Boat Hire)

ABC Boat Hire - Routes are characterized by the hilly Northamptonshire landscape, a rural countryside passing through hills and forest, and towns and villages along the way that are easily accessible from the canal.
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Union Wharf (ABC Boat Hire)

ABC Boat Hire - Union Wharf is located in the attractive and historic market town of Market Harborough. The Wharf is at the terminus of the canal close to Foxton Locks and the historic Incline Plane.
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Napton (Black Prince)

Black Prince bport - Perfecty placed by Oxford Canal and starting place for a lot of exciting routes.
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