The Coventry, Oxford, Grand Union and Birmingham & Fazeley Canals are all part of the Warwickshire ring which, despite how close it travels to Birmingham and its urban and industry, manages to offer boaters a surprisingly rural and peaceful route through manicured fields and ancient meadows.
From Fazeley Junction the Coventry Canal heads through former coalfields. Two locks at Glascote lift the canal to a long pound until 11 locks raise it into Atherstone.
Nuneaton is the birthplace of authoress George Elliot. The Griff Arm to the right is the remains of a once-extensive system of private canals.
Hawkesbury Junction, also referred to as Sutton Stop after the occupants who once lived here, is where the northern section of the Oxford Canal joins the Coventry Canal via one of the tightest turns on the system. A stop lock is the last lock encountered for several hours cruising before the three at Hillmorton, which were duplicated to speed up traffic flow. At Braunston Turn the Grand Union Canal makes its way towards London, the Oxford continues to Napton Junction from which the Grand Union Canal branches towards Birmingham.