A short break from Stretton under Fosse to Braunston: Arrive at the Stretton under Fosse marina and receive your detailed show through of the boat to make sure you are comfortable with your hire boat. Once you feel comfortable operating your narrowboat, cruise south on the North Oxford Canal, meandering through the woodlands before reaching Newbold Tunnel at Newbold on Avon. After navigating your way through the 250yd long tunnel, you may want to take a break at one of the two pubs located along the moorings here. Leaving behind Newbold, pass over the two aqueducts on the outskirts of Rugby, where ...
Hire a canal boat on the Kennet and Avon Canal and cruise to Bath on a traditional narrowboat, a relaxing break ideal for novices. Select your favourite narrowboat from either Bradford on Avon, Hilperton or Bath and explore the historical city of Bath including the iconic architecture, Roman Bath Spa's and shopping facilities. [caption id="attachment_4228" align="aligncenter" width="479"] Canal boat holidays to Bath[/caption] An ideal short break to Bath City Centre on a boating holiday Hire a canal boat from Bradford on Avon or Hilperton and cruise to Bath City Centre on a traditional narrowboat holiday. Day 1: Upon arriving at the marina in the afternoon, ...
'Lutra', a traditional sailing yacht, has been introduced to the Norfolk Broads for the 2013 Autumn season. She is ideal for experienced sailors looking to holiday on the Norfolk Broads, offering an excellent sailing performance as well as providing a comfortable stay for holiday hirers. Perfect for small family groups or couples, Lutra sleeps up to four people comfortably, with a fully equipped galley and a spacious light interior. On-board Lutra is well equipped with: warm air heating hot water fridge Two burner cooker, grill and oven Spacious shower Duvets Diesel engine for quiet cruising [caption id="attachment_4186" align="aligncenter" width="408"] Traditional sailing yacht, 'Lutra'[/caption] Lutra is available to hire from the ...
Trudi, part of our team here at Waterways Holidays has been gracious enough to write up her experiences of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and Birmingham Navigations: Beginning our holiday at Stoke Prior near Bromsgrove on the brand new ‘Princess 4’ narrowboat, our trip to Autherley - on the junction between the Shropshire Union Canal and the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal - began by travelling East towards the lengthy ‘Tardebigge flight’ (which also makes up part of both the Stourport Ring and the Avon Ring). We had just four crew in total: Me, Captain Ken, our good friend Bob and our ...
Enjoy a relaxed retreat on a Norfolk Broads boating holiday with family and friends. The southern waterways are especially suited to boating novices looking for a classic Great British holiday and a relaxed introduction to boating on the UK inland waterways. The southern rivers include the River's Waveney, Chet and Yare; all of which offer picturesque scenery and a choice of traditional riverside pubs and restaurants. A selection of pretty Norfolk and Suffolk villages are waiting to be explored on a boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads, such as Loddon, Somerleyton and Reedham. Moor up and explore Somerleyton Hall & Gardens, ...
Ring Stats Distance 102 miles Locks 92 Hours approx. 55hrs Celebrate the re-opening of the Trent & Mersey Canal following the canal breach last year, and go on a boating holiday on the Cheshire Ring. This two week cruising ring takes your boat crew onto several canals, floating through Cheshire countryside, and the Peak National Forests, past the Anderton Boat Lift and through Manchester City. Which Canals make up the Cheshire Ring? Bridgewater Canal Ashton Canal Rochdale Canal Macclesfield Canal Trent & Mersey Canal [caption id="attachment_3156" align="alignright" width="225"] Anderton Boat Lift[/caption] Although not the most lock heavy ring route, we would recommend two weeks to navigate to allow time for exploring the various attractions on ...
Enjoy a peaceful break on the southern waterways of the Norfolk Broads this summer and save up to £150.00 off a Broads boating holiday. The southern rivers offer a rich mix of attractions, with something for everyone to enjoy. Relax and unwind, meandering past weeping willow trees and a variety of wildlife tending to their nests in the reed beds, and discover Norwich city centre, offering a rich mix of heritage, shopping opportunities and eateries. Explore the variety of boating attractions on offer on the southern Broads waterways including Suffolk’s seaside town, Lowestoft, visiting the sandy beaches, Victorian seaside gardens and ...
This summer, enjoy the picturesque Grand Union Canal on a traditional narrowboat from Braunston and take advantage of savings of up to £75.00 off your boating holiday when booked by the 30th April 2013. Cruising options are plentiful from the marina. You can take your hire boat east along the Grand Union Canal, navigating the Braunston & Blisworth Tunnels, before arriving at the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne. Cruising this stretch of the waterway you can expect to enjoy views of the woods of Brockhall Park which give way to plenty of picturesque fields and farmlands. You can also head north ...
The 2013 Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend - 25th to 27th May. The festivities will be held at Crick Marina, with the main hub of activity occuring south of the famous Foxton Locks on the Leicester Section of the Grand Union Canal. The Crick Boat Show, located in the heart of England, offers holiday goers the chance to combine a narrowboat holiday with a host of canal boating festivities! Tickets can be purchased in advance online on Crick Boat Show's offical website, saving up to 29 per cent on gate prices. ...
The River Wey & Godalming Navigations runs from Godalming to Weybridge, just below Shepperton Lock, where the navigation meets the River Thames. The Wey Valley offers a rich source of interest and natural beauty, the meandering waterway follows the yellow fields on the North Downs and passes under the dappled shade of willow trees. These navigations have provided commercial transport and leisure boats twenty miles of waterway connecting Surrey Villages like Godalming, Send, Farnham and Ripley with the bustling River Thames to London for over 350 years. [caption id="attachment_3931" align="aligncenter" width="465"]St Catherine's Cut on the River Wey[/caption] Cruising north from our marina ...
NEW for 2013, Waterways Holidays features canal boating holidays near Devizes on the picturesque Kennet and Avon Canal.
Bradford-on-Avon – 5 hours by boat
A historic market town, there is a variety of interesting historic architecture dating from the Saxon period right through to the Industrial Revolution. Bradford on Avon is brimming with independant shops, including a selection of gift shops and tea rooms. You will find there are a couple of pubs on the water front, providing a convenient place to moor.
What to see: The 14th-century Tithe Barn and early 11th-century Saxon Church of St Lawrence.
Bath Valley – a picturesque section of the Kennet & Avon canal, situated between Bradford-on-Avon and Bath. Cruise through the hillside lined with forest, across the valley via the Aqueducts of Dundas and Avoncliff.
What to see: Dundas Aqueducts and Claverton pumping station.
Bath – 10 hours by boat
An attractive city with cobbled streets, stone buildings and a breath taking Abbey. The streets boast lots of shops, eateries and historic buildings. The city is overlooked by the steep hillsides lined with houses and dotted with fields. You can moor your hire boat either above the top lock and walk down into Bath, or navigate the six locks into Bath and moor below Pultney Bridge.
What to see: Roman Baths, the Abbey Church of Saint Peter & Saint Paul and an open bus tour of Bath
Bristol – 19 hours by boat
A major sea port associated with the exploration and trade with the new world. Walk along the floating harbour, which houses a selection of eateries, gallerys and bars. A great place to shop or explore the history of the port. Experience ‘The Matthew’, a replica of John Cabot’s 1497 ship that discovered Newfoundland.
What to see: The SS Great Britain, moored in the docks and John Wesleys Chapel, the oldest Methodist building in the world.
Caen Hill Locks – if you are looking for an energetic start to your canal boat holiday, the Caen Hill locks will not dissappoint! 29 locks, bundled into three flights, raise your hire boat 237 ft in two miles. A marvel of canal engineering, created by John Rennie in the early 19th century. These locks can take between 5-6 hours to complete.
Devizes – 5-6 hours by boat
A medieval market town with a strong historic connection. There are several Norman Churches located in the town and a weekly market that can be dated back to 1609. The town is an easy walk down the towpath from the end of the Caen Hill locks.
What to see: the site of the 12th century castle and the surrounding medieval streets & buildings, Kennet & Avon Canal Trust Museum.
Newbury – 25 hours by boat
The main high street is easily accessible by boat and has plenty of thatched shops and market stalls, perfect for stocking up with boating holiday provisions. There is a pub situated next to bridge no. 60, or walk into town for a greater selection.
Reading – 33 hours by boat
The waterway runs right through the hub of Reading, with a selection of large eateries situated on the waterfront. You can moor away from the main town at the Abbey Ruins. Explore the Oracle shopping centre, spend the evening taking advantage of the nightlife, or take a walk down the winding streets off the main hub of Reading to find some independant shops and cafes.
What to see: Reading Abbey ruins
If you would like any further information regarding boating holidays in Southern England, boating holidays on the Thames or canal boat hire on the Kennet and Avon Canal, you can call one of our friendly boating team on 01252 796 400.
This year we’re set to introduce even more boating holiday locations, including a brand new marina to Waterways Holidays located on the Leicester Section of the Grand Union Canal near Loughborough.
‘Acumen II’ is a cruiser stern narrowboat built in 2006. The boat has a fixed double cabin in the rear, with walk in wardrobe and a walk through bathroom with full length shower. The boat has central heating, a log burning fire, a LCD TV, DVD/CD/Video player, and a digital radio, combining the best of the modern and traditional facilities on board.
Starting from Loughborough you can cruise south in the direction of Foxton Locks via Leicester and onto the Market Harborough Arm of the Grand Union Canal. Market Harborough is a busy medieval market town surrounded by pleasant countryside where you’ll find independent shops, bustling streets and plenty of places to eat.
Visit Leicester by boat and experience the National Space Centre located near Belgrave Lock 44, a perfect family day out with over 150 interactive exhibitions and challenges. Spend the evening in the De Montfort Hall, a popular venue for touring ballet and opera companies. Cruise south of Leicester and experience the bustling Foxton Locks, an excellent experience that will keep you and your crew very much occupied!
To celebrate the launch of specialist boating holiday agency, Waterways Holidays’ new website, the company is highlighting 15% savings off all narrowboats hired from the Preston Brook base on the Bridgwater Canal in Cheshire.
www.waterwaysholidays.com features UK canal boat holidays and Norfolk Broads boat hire and offers live availability on a choice of more than 1500 narrowboats, cruisers, widebeam canal barges and Norfolk Broads sailing yachts operated by the UK’s leading boat operators and with more than 60 different start locations. The website also offers lots of advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers.
The top features of the new website include:
The above offer is valid for bookings made by 31 January and means that a week’s narrowboat hire from the Preston Brook base now costs from just £610 (saving £107) whilst a short break – three nights at a weekend or four nights’ midweek – is reduced to £367 (saving £64).
These prices apply to Cheshire Cat and Quarry Bank Mill – both 45ft narrowboats sleeping four – and include all fuels (diesel and gas), damage waiver, bed linen, car parking, buoyancy aids, tuition on arrival and up to two well behaved pets.
To book a canal boat holiday or if you would like an boating advice, please dont hesitate to get in touch on 01252 796 400.
We are proud to announce the arrival of over 30 brand new boats to the UK Canals and Rivers.
‘Wren 416′: a 47ft semi trad, is a perfect brand new canal boat for couples, with a fixed double cabin offering a wider double bed at the rear. Available from Hilperton on the Kennet & Avon Canal near Bath.
‘Broad Oak’: a brand new and unique boat built on the Lancaster Canal at Tewitfield. Broad Oak is a nine foot wide canal boat, offering the best of both worlds; the ease of handling of a narrowboat with the interior space of a wide beam. King size beds are available on board, with a spacious open-plan galley/lounge, and stylish modern high gloss units and solid oak surfaces.
‘Sovereign Light’: a brand new dual steer cruiser offering unrivalled luxury, space, décor and amenities. Featuring an external upper sundeck with integral sunbathing platforms and alfresco dining area perfect for entertaining. Stylishly appointed saloon with raised steering position and additional forward facing seating so that all crew can enjoy the visibility of the helmsman.
‘Amber Emblem’: a stylish boat new in 2012, with a sliding back canopy and raised centre cockpit. The stern deck has a low boarding platform to provide easy access and the boat is equipped with bowthrusters, modern eco-hull design and flat screen tv with Freesat.
The motor cruiser fleets at Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich and Chedgrave on the Norfolk Broads have both been expanded, offering more boat choices for customers looking to cruise the tranquil Southern Broads.
This amazing offer applies to selected boats from Bradford on Avon (near Bath) on the Kennet & Avon Canal and Lower Heyford (near Oxford) on the South Oxford Canal for selected dates. Book 7 nights or more at the standard brochure price and receive your free short break which can be taken between 15/09/13 and 31/03/14.
Terms and Conditions apply, click to see the full boating special offer terms here.
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For 2013, selected boats from Napton and Autherley will be the first of our hire boats to offer 1GB free mobile Wi-Fi as standard. Holiday hirers can keep in touch with friends, track their progress and look up the local area, write a blog, check emails or even do a spot of work whilst on holiday.
The free mobile Wi-Fi will be available on all 60 ft Edwardian Elite 4 class narrowboats. All boats from Napton and Autherley are fitted out to a high standard with the Edwardian Elite 4 class featuring two king size beds and two full bathrooms as well as a refrigerator, full size cooker, central heating, TV/DVD and radio/CD, 240v mains supply, 240v telephone/camcorder charging socket, local information book, mains hair dryer and helmsman’s waterproofs.
Napton is situated on the junction of the Grand Union Canal and Oxford Canal. The perfect location to start your boating holiday, route options from Napton include the picturesque South Oxford Canal, the Warwickshire Ring and the Grand Union Canal. The base is within easy reach of the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne via the 1.75 mile long Blisworth Tunnel.
Autherley, on the Junction of the Shropshire Union Canal and the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, is ideally situated for a variety of cruising rings including the Four Counties, Stourport and Black Country Ring. Heading south from Autherley, the canal passes through lovely Staffordshire countryside en route to the historic canal town of Stourport-on-Severn with an array of welcoming pubs and restaurants.
New for 2013, the Elite Class boats are now fuel inclusive, the hire price includes gas and diesel as well as bed linen, car parking, life jackets, cancellation protection and tuition on arrival. The hire charge of an Edwardian Elite 4 costs from £1,069 for a week’s hire in March, rising to £1,865 during the school summer holidays.
All inclusive Norfolk Broads boating holidays from Horning
We have a wide selection of motor cruisers available from Horning for 2013, ranging from luxurious two berth cruisers through to eight berth cruisers, large enough to accomodate for a party of two families; all at all inclusive prices. There are a selection of different style cruisers available, from boats with sliding back canopies to the newest models of dual steering cruisers. The fleet includes the ‘brand new Diamond Emblem’, a dual steering boat with a large sun deck, bow thrusters and eco hull. There really is a boat to accomodate any parties needs. Book your 2013 Norfolk Broads holiday now to avoid disappointment!
Why not book a last minute boating break and take advantage of our Autumn 2012 special offers. The canals and rivers are a perfect family activity, providing a healthy dose of exercise, navigating the boat and working the locks, as well as the opportunity to float from one waterfront restaurant to the next. There are lots of waterfront attractions and wildlife to spot, and a hire boat allows you to visit villages and cities in a unique way.
We are currently offering up to 30% off from selected marinas across the UK canals and rivers. As an example of whats available, 4 berth boat ‘Debbie,’ a perfect boat for a family with two cabins offering either a fixed double or two singles in each. This is available at a discounted hire of £523.00, inclusive of gas, car parking, tuition and bed linen. Located from Swanley Bridge marina in a one week cruise the picturesque Welsh Canal of Llangollen, passing over the famous Pontcysyllte & Chirk Aqueducts.
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To speak directly to one of our friendly team at Waterways Holidays Ltd, call us on 01252 796400, open 7 days a week.
Brand new wheel chair accessible canal boat, named ‘Beatrice,’ is now available to hire from Hillmorton Marina on the North Oxford Canal just south of Rugby. The 53ft canal boat can be hired for short breaks over the mid-week and weekend and full week from Monday or Friday.
Special features include:
The boat is laid out so that you can use the lift in the stern to enter the saloon and galley, pass through the large wet room and bathroom and into the cabin with large double in the forward cabin. Using the ramp to access the boat’s rear deck, this area has been heighened so that the skipper can see to the front of the boat for steering, with a wheel, if required. Some cooking facilities and windows are lowered on board for ease of use. There is a spacious work top with hinge to allow access to the wet room and front cabin with one large double bed and a wardrobe.
The location offers multiple route options including navigating up to the Ashby Canal for lock free cruising, or if you prefer you can cruise south and experience the locks on the Grand Union Canal or South Oxford Canal.
Our journey began at Napton and having booked a very comfortable Duchess 4 narrowboat from there we decided to travel South down the lower half of the Oxford Canal which stretches between Napton and the historic university City of Oxford. This particular waterway is renowned for it’s quiet and very rural surroundings, mostly farmland or woods, and for the abundance of lift bridges along the route – the vast majority of which are left open so that you can pass through them undisturbed. The sound of birdsong fills the air and ducks and moorhens mother tiny chicks which trail along after them on the canal.
On our first day we cruised from Napton to the small village of Fenny Compton, which has a canalside pub called ‘The Wharf’. Between the two villages is a flight of nine narrow locks, taking very little time to fill up, the first of which is manned by a lock-keeper who will very kindly shows you the ropes. After the locks, the route is lock-free all the way past Fenny Compton and down to Claydon and follows the winding contours of the land, with some reasonably tight bends and some rather narrow bits where there used to be old tunnels or lift bridges that are no more. The Wharf has two watering points to enable you to re-fill your water tank if you wish to. The pub has a restaurant but also has a takeaway menu for people who wish to eat on their boats instead (breakfast is served there from 10am).
From Fenny Compton we travelled first of all to Cropredy, which is a very attractive, traditional English village with some lovely old cottages, an historic church, a ‘general stores’ and two pubs – The Red Lion and the Brasenose Arms, which is rather well-known for it’s fabulous Sunday Roast. From Cropredy we cruised down to Banbury through 3 well-spaced-out locks (a couple of which were quite stiff to turn), past Tooley’s Historic Boatyard into the centre of the town where there is a lift-bridge to open following by a heavy lock, which you will be required to work with quite an audience of spectators. There are numerous narrowboats moored up in the town centre itself, so you must travel very slowly past them to avoid disturbing the occupants. We moored up after the second bridge, where we could easily walk to a large ‘well-known supermarket’ for provisions. There are lots of shops, restaurants and tea shops to visit in Banbury and attractions including a medieval church, a theatre, gallery and museum.
The next day we set off for Aynho, which took us through another 4 locks (including a diamond-shaped lock) and 10 lift bridges (all open) each separated by pretty countryside, fields of cows and sheep, and pretty cottages with their flourishing Summer gardens. The canal meanders lazily along with cattle and their calves kneeling down to drink from the water nearby. Aynho is a very small village with a boatyard and a pub. The boatyard offers basic provisions and has a water point. The pub – ‘The Great Western Arms’ – is very well known for it’s excellent food and was awarded Best Pub of the Year in 2011.
From Aynho, we planned to travel down past Upper Heyford and Lower Heyford to Gibraltar where we would stop for the night before continuing to Thrupp. There are just 3 locks to do between Aynho and Lower Heyford, but as you approach the village, there is a chain lift bridge – where you pull a chain down to lift the bridge up – which was quite heavy to keep open. When the lift bridge is down, a road leads directly into the village which was lovely, with thatched cottages and a 17th Century inn called The Bell, which was full of character. Stopping at the boatyard at Lower Heyford to say hello to friends, we decided to walk up to the shops in the next village and on the way, got an extraordinary view of the very stately Rousham House (c1635).
From Lower Heyford there were just three more locks until we reached Gibraltar. There are lots of ‘live-aboard’ boaters around this area and once again you need to slow right down as you pass them, which adds to your journey time. The rain started just as we moored up and we donned our raincoats and wellies to walk to the nearby Rock of Gibraltar pub.
On the next morning, travelling South again towards Thrupp, we found that there were red boards out at the locks, warning us that the River Cherwell (which made up part of our route to Thrupp) was high and flowing fast. We found it quite daunting as we made our way to the first turning point (winding hole) just down the River and decided not to proceed to Thrupp after all.
However, our return journey was very enjoyable once again, travelling through the tranquil countryside, surrounded by cows, sheep and wildflowers; winding our way around the canal and through the open lift bridges. On our last evening, there was no room outside The Folly Inn at Napton (which looked very welcoming) so we stopped at The Bridge instead. The menu sounded very nice, so we had a starter, just to keep us going until dinner on the boat, then in the morning we slowly trundled back to Napton Marina to return our boat, having very much enjoyed our peaceful and idyllic surroundings as we travelled along the South Oxford Canal.