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.
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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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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.
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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.
Applicable for holidays taken before the 24th August 2012!
This special offer includes every aspect of your boating holiday costs including: 50% off your collision damage waiver fee, 50% off your fuel deposit, 50% off car parking and 50% off your first pet!
As an example of what’s available, Evening Light is a well equipped three to five berth cruiser, which is reduced to a hire charge of £498.00 (saving £498.00!) for a weekly hire in July/August. This foward steering cruiser features a split sliding canopy with light spacious saloon and a fixed double in the aft cabin.
Potter Heigham marina is situated on the Northern Broads on the River Thurne within easy cruising distance of nearby villages, including Horning, Stalham and Wroxham with so much to do and see on the 125 miles of lock free waterway, there is something for all the family! A perfect boating break with an amazing summer saver!
applicable for holidays taken in July and August!
Selected hire boats from Horning are equipped with modern features such as solar panels, LED lighting, sprung mattresses, shore power hook up and bow & stern thrusters. Brand new boats also have eco hulls which reduce the wash and improve fuel efficiency. Sun decks are also a new feature on some of our dual steering boats.
As an example of what’s available, Platinum Emblem 1 is a well equipped six berth cruiser, which is reduced to £1,272.00 (saving £224.00) for a weekly hire in August. She features LED lighting, satellite tv, shore power hook up and bow & stern thrusters. Platinum Emblem also benefits from a large forward cabin with walk around double bed and a spacious galley area leading to outside seating at the rear.
Horning marina is situated on the Northern Broads within easy cruising distance of nearby villages, including Potter Heigham, Stalham and Wroxham with ‘Roys of Wroxham’ village store. A perfect family holiday at a reduced summer price!
The Rochdale Canal, Calder & Hebble navigations combined with the Leeds and Liverpool Canal form the Pennine Canals. These canals span across the rolling countryside from the coastline and connect Northern Cities via the waterways. The Rochdale Canal navigation was built after the Calder & Hebble, and formed at the historic basin at Sowerby Bridge, which is where our marina is situated.
Cruising east from the basin on the Rochdale Canal for a weekend boating holiday you can reach Hebden Bridge and Todmorden before turning your hire boat around to return to the marina. To reach these towns you can expect to experience a tunnel navigation followed by operating the deepest locks in the country, Tuel Lane Lock. After this exciting descent, the canal gradually leads you up through the fields and past cobbled houses of Hebden Bridge. Mooring here you can explore Hebden by foot, originally a small mill town, which produced woollen goods. The town is full of literary history populated by those looking for artist inspiration within the Yorkshire Pennine views. Departing the mill town you and your hire boat will wind through the forests and countryside views to Todmorden, situated in a connection of three deep valleys. The area is perfect for trekking, bird watching and horse riding. Todmorden is full of impressive Victorian architecture and a wealth of independent shops.
For the longer holidays, on the return trip why not continue East past the Sowerby Bridge marina onto the Calder and Hebble. This will take to you Brighouse with plentiful pubs for the afternoon and mooring spaces in the town, this in an ideal place to stop for an afternoon meal and relax by the canal side.
For experienced and active hirers, there is a one way option on selected boats from Sowerby Bridge to Foulridge via Leeds on a one week holiday or Manchester for a two week holiday. Transfers will be arranged upon your arrival to return you to your car following your one way adventure!
To speak directly to one of our friendly team at Waterways Holidays Ltd, call us on 01252 796400, open 7 days a week.
We have recently added a new one way hire option for short breaks in Warwickshire for selected July holidays. This is a great opportunity to hire a boat from Stockton or Stretton-under-Fosse marinas and travel along the Grand Union Canal and and the Oxford Canal. No need to turn around at a suitable winding hole. This option is perfect for those looking for a fairly laid back short break canal boating holiday in Central England.
One week prior to your arrival the marina will call you to inform you of your start location, a mini surprise for your narrowboat hire adventure!
Day One: Step on board after a welcome from the Stockton Marina from 2.30pm. Once settled, an experienced instructor will come aboard to give you tuition and teach you about boat handling. Once comfortable you can depart and cruise in your hire boat to at least the top of the three locks at Calcutt. Here you can moor for a first evening on board your narrowboat or travel a short distance to a pub called ‘The Bridge’.
Day Two: You can choose to visit Napton or Braunston. Napton is accessible via turning in the winding hole opposite the Bridge Inn or there is another turning point – just before the bottom of the Napton lock flight.
Braunston is accessible by lunchtime – well worth mooring here as there is much to see being a major canal centre. You can call it a day here and spend the afternoon and evening dining out at one of the pubs or you can return to your hire boat to cruise another few hours and arrie at Hillmorton.
Day Three: Making you way to the Stretton Marina either stopping in the marina, or if you have reached Hillmorton the night before you can cruise past the marina as far as Ansty just short of Coventry city. The Rose and Castle is a good place to spend the evening.
Day Four: Returning to the marina for a 9am return. Once you have handed the boat over to the marina at Stretton, a minibus will be waiting to return you and your possessions to your car.