Dont miss out this season, many of the marinas are running narrowboats throughout the winter months and even through the Christmas and New Year period. It’s a perfect retreat from all the hustle and bustle of last minute christmas shoppers and overcrowded supermarkets.
The canals during winter are simply picture perfect, with misty mornings, snowy branches and tranquil waters. A great way to experience the British countryside at it’s most peaceful.
On a canal boat with a solid fuel stove on board, you can have the fire burning on a frosty evening, with a glass of mulled wine and some great company. The stoves are a charming feature of a traditional narrowboat and a great finishing touch on a chilly night. For example, a boat running throughout the winter period is ‘Boston Belle,’ a characterful narrowboat on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, equipped with quaint white furnishing and a traditional log burning stove as well as full central heating.
The marina at Hillmorton, near Rugby, will be operating throughout the winter season, offering Christmas and New Year hire. This marina offers a romantic two berth boat, ‘Heron’ with a fixed double bed and solid fuel stove and full central heating. The Hillmorton location is ideal for those still wishing to spend a few hours cruising, as the lockfree Ashby Canal is just north of the marina, so there are generally no stoppages affecting this route.
Winter canal boat hire is also a perfect way to experience the nearby cities, without the hassle of finding a car parking space! Bath Christmas Market, running from the 24th November, is accessible from Bradford on Avon, on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Or why not check out the Warwick marina, just a short train journey from Birmingham city centre and an abundance of high street shops at The Bullring Shopping Centre.
All of these winter ammenities just a short journey from your tranquil floating home.