The River Wey is one of Surrey's best kept secrets. Today the 20 mile navigable stretch of the river and its 16 locks, are owned and maintained by The National Trust. The River Wey holds both surprises and untold stories round every bend, it offers people the chance to experience and see the lovely countryside of Surrey from a completely different direction. A narrow boat holiday provides holiday makers of all ages and with any level of experience to relax and unwind from everyday life. When will you make your own mark on the River Wey? Holidays on the River Wey run ...
We began our weekend cruise along the lovely Kennet & Avon Canal from the pretty town of Bradford on Avon, next to the lock. We were staying and cruising on the Princess 2, which was perfect for just the two of us, plus our two dogs. The Princess 2 has a ‘reverse’ layout, which means that the kitchen and saloon area is at the back of the boat rather than the front, making it easier to get drinks or snacks when required without completely deserting the person who is steering the boat. The Princess 2 also had a very comfortable ...
'Serenity' is a luxury widebeam boat sleeping four, available for self-hire holidays on the Grand Union Canal in Bedfordshire. This widebeam is fully equipped with top-notch gadgets including flat screen TV’s in the bedroom and saloon (with Freeview), wine cooler in the galley, DVD Players and a DAB Radio/CD player with iPod dock and USB port. You will also find playing cards, Monopoly and Scrabble on board for afternoon entertainment when spending an evening in. This widebeam has been built in a 'reverse' layout, which refers to the kitchen and living room area being at the back of the boat. This ...
Britain’s largest protected wetland, the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads offers over 125 miles of lock-free cruising. Broadland attractions include plentiful waterside eateries, market towns, villages and many pleasant walks. Hire a boat from Horning on the Norfolk Broads and enjoy a relaxing boating holiday afloat with the family this Easter. There are so many attractions to visit on the waterfront, suitable for all the family you will be spoilt for choice! Four berth Copper Emblem is currently available throughout the Easter Holidays, suitable for family groups with a double and 2 single beds. The weekly hire charge is £698.00 or for a ...
2014 Unique Long Term Cruising Opportunity! If you fancy taking 3 months or more to explore the UK's fabulous historic canal system, we are now offering 70 foot 'Lillian Ginger' for extended cruising at a cost of just £1,295 per month (minimum hire 3 months). Cost excludes fuel (depart with full tank and pay for top up on return, first 2 gas bottles supplied). 3 sets of bed linen supplied. Perfect for 1 or 2 couples as she offers 2 double bedrooms each with its own bathroom. Call 01252 796400 for more information and bookings. Available for long term hire from ...
Available for 2014 holiday hire on our website is four berth vintage cruiser, 'C'est La Vie.' Hire this classic boat and experience a holiday on one of the few remaining mahogany trimmed cruisers, a high end boat built in 1967 with a stylish interior reminiscent of times past. The boat sleeps four in comfort, with either one double and two singles or four singles, perfect for family groups or friends looking to return to the Norfolk Broads on a boating holiday. It has a fully equipped galley and a sliding roof to admire the Norfolk Broads in the open air. [caption ...
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 ...
Just introduced to Waterways Holidays 2013 availability are four brand new sports and sedan cruisers located at Brundall on the River Yare, near Norwich on the Norfolk Broads.
‘Cadet’ is a perfect boat for couples with a fixed double cabin in the bow. This cruiser has a very contemporary feel, it is decorated to a high standard with a stylish light wood interior. There is a media centre with MP3 connectivity, flat screen TV and DVD player. Other mod cons include a bow thruster for easy manoeuvring, 240 volts and shore power hook up.
‘Captain’ is ideal for small families or two couples with a fixed walk around double cabin and optional dinette double in the saloon. This modern cruiser offers a spacious contemporary saloon, with glass bi folding doors accessing the large rear sundeck with seating. Perfect for dining alfresco on those warm summer evenings and offering picturesque views of the Norfolk Broads whilst cruising.
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Last minute saver! Enjoy a saving of £244.00 on a seven night holiday on four berth narrowboat ‘Bath’. Located at Bradford on Avon on the Kennet and Avon Canal, the base is ideally situated for a cruise into the city of Bath – a World Heritage Site. Explore the Abbey, browse the high street shops and independant boutiques and relax in the famous Bath Spas.
Offer applies to holidays starting between the 22nd February and 8th March 2013. Available at an all inclusive price of £675.00, a perfect last minute getaway.
We are offering 40% off boating holidays from Clifton on Dunsmore on the North Oxford Canal. Ideally located to offer a variety of UK Canal networks. You can choose to take advantage of the lock free Ashby Canal and cruise past the Battlefield of Bosworth or navigate onto the Coventry Canal and enjoy a city break.
Book a seven night break for the family or for a group of friends save 40% off last minute holidays available until the 29th March. Alternatively you can book a short break away and save up to 30% off a mid week or weekend break, offering an ideal last minute getaway.
Our brand new base at Henley on Thames offers boaters a chance to cruise the famous Royal River and experience the heart of the Thames Valley.
The River Thames boasts a variety of attractions suitable for all the family. Visit the historic royal palaces, theme parks and Michelin starred riverside restaurants. The marina is within cruising distance of Oxford and Royal Windsor as well as well-known riverside towns such as Sonning, Wallingford, Bray and Marlow.
From Henley on Thames we can now offer a brand new Linssen 34.9 Grand Sturdy Class cruiser. This cruiser offers a luxury get away afloat for experienced boaters. Sleeping six in two spacious double cabins and one double sofa bed, this magnificent new boat ‘Jacqueline’ also includes features such as two bathrooms – each with toilet and shower – external steering position, bow thruster, swimming platform, central heating and wonderful views from the saloon.
The cost of a week’s hire of Jacqueline starts from £1,500, rising to £2,500 in peak season inclusive of gas for cooking, bed linen, towels, car parking for two cars and instruction on arrival.
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We are now offering 15% off Norfolk Broads boating holidays from Wroxham on the River Bure. Book an Easter break for the family or for a group of friends, with discounted holidays available between the 29th March and the 13th April 2013. This offer expires on the 28th February 2013 – so not long left!
Since launching the new Waterways Holidays website in January, we’ve been busy upgrading our boating holiday search so that you can now check thousands of holidays using a brand new advanced search facility to find exactly the right holiday for you.
If you’re looking for sailing yachts on the Norfolk Broads, you can search on our sailing holidays page to view traditional gaff rigs, bermudan rigs or yachts with showers onboard.
Top Tip – If you have performed a filtered search and would like to return to the original search, leave the boxes blank and press the ‘apply selected filters’ button to return to your original holiday search!
We hope you enjoy the new features and welcome any feedback. Once you have submitted an online boating holiday booking enquiry, we will endeavour to ring you back within 24 hours to go through the boating holiday details and offer friendly advice before you confirm your holiday.
Click to search all Canal Boat Holidays availability or to search for Norfolk Broads Boat Hire. To speak directly to one of our friendly team at Waterways Holidays Ltd, call us on 01252 796400, open 7 days a week.
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.