Great Canal Journeys on the Norfolk Broads

The latest episode of Great Canal Journeys saw everyone’s favourite boating couple Tim & Pru explore Britain’s magical waterland- the Norfolk Broads.

Thurne Mill on the Norfolk Broads

Thurne Mill on the Norfolk Broads

The episode followed the couple onboard the classic 1938 wooden cruiser ‘Lady Christina’ as they took a trip back in time, discovering the history of this ancient waterways network. Highlights of their journey included St Benet’s Abbey – the ruins of a medieval monastery situated on the River Bure. They also visited Toad Hole Cottage Museum at How Hill; the museum is housed in a tiny marshman’s cottage, that would have been home to a family in Victorian times. The couple then journeyed to Great Yarmouth, igniting many happy childhood memories for Timothy West, having spent many a summer vacation by the seaside. They also crossed over to the southern Broads, cruising on the tidal waters to Reedham Ferry.

St Benet's Abbey

St Benet’s Abbey

Why not plan your own ‘Great Journey’ on the Norfolk Broads? We have classic wooden cruisers available to hire; the majority requiring no previous experience as hirers receive full training on arrival. We have some great last minute and also plenty of early booking discounts for 2018 holidays on offer so now is the perfect time to start planning your break away.

Traditional Wooden Cruiser 'Judith'

Traditional Wooden Cruiser ‘Judith’

All boats have heating on board along with other home comforts. There are a variety of cruisers available, some classic and vintage, others more modern and luxury.  There is something to suit everyone’s individual tastes and needs.

To search for your ‘Great Journey’

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Cosy couples boating breaks

Autumn is not only a great time for families but for couples to get away too. We have a selection of cosy two-berth narrowboats, some featuring solid-fuel stoves on the UK canals and a selection of two-berth cruisers on the Norfolk Broads. So whether you prefer the meandering canals or the wide open waters of the Broads, we’ve got you covered for your autumn boating break.

Here are our top recommendations for couples:

Cruise the Cotswolds
Visit the Roman Baths

Visit the Roman Baths

What could be more appealing than cruising through a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? The Kennet & Avon Canal runs through many historic, picturesque villages, set amongst rolling hills and farmland. Visit the medieval buildings in Devizes or the unspoilt market town of Bradford on Avon on the way to Bath. Stop here to visit the Thermae Bath Spa, Roman Baths and the cathedral before indulging in some retail therapy.

 

Boating in the Brecon Beacons

A true rural escape cruising through the some of the most beautiful scenery in the Brecon Beacons. The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is also very suitable for couples, with only 6 locks in its entire length, making for a very relaxing break away. Cruise peacefully through the hilly landscape, past quaint villages, country pubs and unspoilt views. Take a walk through the Beacons; find the breathtaking Blaen y Glyn waterfalls or stop off at the historic market town of Crickhowell to visit the 13th Century castle.

Autumn cruising on the Mon & Brec

Autumn cruising on the Mon & Brec

 

Navigating the Norfolk Broads

There’s something for everyone on the Norfolk Broads whether you like long country walks, wildlife spotting, or country pubs. The options are endless on the Broads; choose from visiting the villages and independent shops or cruising to the wide open waters and finding the quietest mooring for the evening. Dine at the numerous pubs and restaurants or choose to eat on board away from the crowds in your own secluded spot.

Autumn sunset on the Norfolk Broads

Autumn sunset on the Norfolk Broads

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October half term boating holiday ideas

Fancy something different this October half term? Why not try a family boating holiday on the UK canals or the Norfolk Broads. Keep the kids occupied helping out with the locks on the canals, or bird spotting on the Broads. No previous experience is necessary and we would be more than happy to help you find your perfect family holiday.

Get children helping with the locks

Get children helping with the locks

Here are our top picks for a family boating holiday this October:

Birmingham
Cruise into the centre of Birmingham

Cruise into the centre of Birmingham

Birmingham is a fantastic destination to visit, with so many attractions for families of all ages. Starting at our Alvechurch or Tardebigge bases, travel into Birmingham city centre to visit the National Sea Life Centre, the ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum and Cadbury World. Moor up directly in Gas Street Basin to visit the numerous shops and restaurants on offer. Cruising along the canals you can also reach the Black Country Living Museum and even Drayton Manor Theme Park in a week-long holiday.

 

The River Thames

Start your holiday from one of the many bases we have situated along the River Thames. The Thames offers an extraordinary mix of historical towns and places of interest. For the history buffs why not visit Hampton Court Palace, home of Henry VIII, with its Maze and Magic Gardens. Visit one of the royal residences of Her Majesty the Queen; Windsor Castle is easy accessible from the River Thames. For the thrill-seekers in the family, both Legoland and Thorpe Park can be visited, moor at the Penton Hook Marina for Thorpe Park and in Windsor for the shuttle bus to Legoland.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

 

The Norfolk Broads

Known as ‘Britain’s Magical Waterland’, the Norfolk Broads offers 125 miles of lock-free cruising. Ideal for families who would like to the freedom to cruise and explore uninterrupted. There are many places to explore on the Norfolk Broads, for children, try mooring up at Horning for a short walk to Bewilderwood- a treetop adventure park. Wroxham is also a great place to head to; there is the Wroxham Miniature Worlds and Wroxham Barns with the children’s farm. Of course most of the fun is had on the boat, watching the world go by and spotting wildlife. Head up to Horsey Mere for a chance to spot the seals!

Seals at Horsey Mere

Seals at Horsey Mere

 

We have some fantastic savings of up to 30% off from selected locations on the UK canals or book a week for the price of a short break from selected locations on the Norfolk Broads! Search https://www.waterwaysholidays.com for live availability or call us on 01252 796400.

 

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Heather’s first boating holiday

As the newest member of the Waterways Holidays team, my first 6 months with the company fast approaching, I decided to take my family on our first ever narrowboat holiday to celebrate my mother’s 70th Birthday.

Day One

We were collecting “Marilyn” from Uplands Marina at Northwich on the August bank holiday and were looking forward to a new experience and an exciting trip ahead.  We arrived at the marina which is close to the Anderton Boat Lift and found Marilyn moored up at the bottom of a flight of steps.  Tom and Alan were there to meet us. They showed us to the boat where we could offload our luggage before parking our cars in a more secure location.

Narrowboat 'Marilyn' moored at the marina

Narrowboat ‘Marilyn’ moored at the marina

Marilyn was a new boat for 2017 and has a reverse layout. This makes it a bit more sociable because the saloon and kitchen are at the rear of the narrowboat.  This also works well for the helmsperson if they require drinks and refreshments handed to them during the day. The narrowboat is decorated to a high standard with a light, airy feel and follows the theme of Marilyn Monroe.  My niece was highly excited and was keen to get underway as soon as we got onboard. I explained that we would need to have a boat ‘handover’ first and then receive instruction on the handling of the boat, so off she went to pick her bed and unpack her belongings.

Tom spent around an hour going through the facilities of the boat. Explaining how to steer with the tiller and how to operate the engine. Once we had all agreed that we understood how the water, heating, gas, bathroom facilities and engine all worked Tom handed us over to Alan who very kindly offered to manoeuvre the boat out of the marina for us.  We were grateful for this as there were quite a few boats and a low bridge to negotiate, so it was a little daunting for complete novices.

My partner Steven was next to Alan as we headed out and was listening intently to his instructions and advice.  After around 10-15 minutes Alan asked who would like to have a go at steering and Steven nominated himself.  Learning that the narrowboat can take a while to react to the movement of the tiller, he started to get the hang of things and Alan felt confident to hop off and let us get underway on our own.  By this time it was around 3pm but the sun was still splitting the sky that and it made our first afternoon cruising along very relaxing indeed.  After 4 hours we came to our first lock of the day, Middlewich Big Lock.  It was getting close to 7pm but we were keen to experience a lock before mooring up for the evening.

Marilyn outside the Big Lock, Middlewich

Marilyn outside the Big Lock, Middlewich

Another family, also new to boating, were just going up in the lock as we were approaching so I went to see if I could help.  The family waited and assisted us through the lock safely. The community spirit on the waterways is very impressive.  I was also happy to receive assistance because the lock was right next a pub. There were lots of people sitting outside on the sunny bank holiday evening, relaxing and watching the world go by.

Once through the lock we decided to find a nice mooring spot.  Conveniently, we found somewhere at the back of the Newton Brewery Inn with a footpath that led into the beer garden of the pub.  However, we decided to eat on board that evening as we had taken plenty of supplies with us. The kitchen facilities were all brand new and it was lovely to relax in the tranquillity of our floating home.

Day Two

We woke bright and early on our 2nd day to start my mother’s birthday celebrations. With a target in mind of getting to Nantwich, we anticipated around 6-7 hours cruising ahead of us.  The waterways were reasonably busy and there were lots of boats heading through the locks in both directions. Some very helpful Canal and River Trust volunteers operated the rest of the locks at Middlewich to try and keep the boats moving through them efficiently.

My niece had decided to assist with the lock gates that morning and was proving to be a great help.  Shortly after the Middlewich locks we turned right onto the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal leaving the Trent and Mersey Canal behind.  Another lock was quickly upon us and we merrily got into the swing of things.  Locks are perhaps the most exciting part of boating for children and my niece described going through them as “magical”.

'Marilyn' going through lock at Church Minshull

‘Marilyn’ going through lock at Church Minshull

Our journey became more tranquil as we cruised along through peaceful and rural countryside. Steven was quite comfortable at the helm as the rest of the family were enjoying taking in the ambience and celebrating Mum’s birthday. We passed through Church Minshull. You can moor up between bridge 14 and 15 and take a walk into the quaint little village.  However we decided to continue cruising and have lunch on board the narrowboat. We passed Venetian Marina which has a water point, a café, a shop and even shower facilities. (The shower facilities are only available for people actually staying in the marina).

By late afternoon we were approaching Barbridge Junction which connects to the main Shropshire Union Canal.  This certainly sharpened the skills of the helmsman as he slowly navigated through moored narrowboats on both sides of the canal.  We realised that there weren’t many mooring spots left here so we continued to the other side of the bridge where we found some nice quiet 48 hour moorings (you do need to be careful here as there are some private business moorings that should be avoided).  As it was approaching early evening we decided to start the birthday celebrations before dinner. It was a short walk over bridge No.100 to the Olde Barbridge Inn where we had dinner that evening.

Day Three

After a relaxed morning we decided to turn around and retrace our steps. We felt it might be a bit of a rush to get to Nantwich then back.  En route, we decided to stop off at the Aqueduct Marina to fill Marilyn up with water.  By this time our helmsman had earned a well-deserved lunch break as he manoeuvred Marilyn around to moor up alongside other boats in the marina.  They have a lovely little café there and we decided to sit outside and relax, soaking up the sun.

Preparing Stanthorne Lock

Preparing Stanthorne Lock

We then continued on our way along the canal until there was a rain shower. We decided to moor up and have a tea break. Just after Stanthorne Lock we moored up for the evening along the towpath, where there was just one other narrowboat.  Other than dog walkers and joggers it was a very secluded, peaceful spot. We decided to chill out with some movies and board games, ready to do the Middlewich Locks the next morning.

Day Four

We started our final day of cruising feeling more like experienced boaters rather than novices.  We were just beginning to get into the swing of things when it was time to return the boat. The lock volunteers recognised us on our return leg and were interested to see if we had enjoyed ourselves. We passed through central Middlewich. We moored up before Middlewich Big Lock to pick up a few supplies and have some lunch.  On departing Middlewich we had a nice relaxing 4 hour cruise back towards our Marina.  That evening we bypassed Uplands Marina and headed up towards the Anderton Boat Lift instead. Turning at the winding hole there and mooring up just a few minutes’ walk from the lift itself (also a short distance from Uplands Marina).

Day Five
The Anderton Boat Lift

The Anderton Boat Lift

I called around 8.30am on our final day to see if we could get assistance  getting Marilyn back into the marina. Alan kindly came to meet us around 15 minutes later, steering the boat for us.  After disembarking we thanked Alan for all of his help. Then we packed our belongings into the car and headed to the Anderton Boat Lift for a better look around.

This Victorian piece of engineering connects the River Weaver and Trent and Mersey Canal by lowering / lifting boats on a mechanised lift rather than using a series of locks. It was of great interest to me, having been on the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland which is the only ‘rotating’ boat lift in the UK.  There is a fantastic visitor centre and café at Anderton, so the first stop was a very reasonably-priced breakfast. We then spent some time looking at information boards and watched a day trip boat going up the boat lift. This is certainly worth a visit and is especially good for families.

Our first family narrowboat experience was something we all thoroughly enjoyed and I know it certainly won’t be my last.  We are now looking forward to planning our next trip. With so many canals to choose from it may take some time to reach a decision!

Canalside House near Middlewich

Canalside House near Middlewich

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Top 3 canals for an autumn break away

Autumn is a fantastic time of year for a boating holiday. With the hustle and bustle of the school holidays over it’s a much quieter time to enjoy the waterways. The golden autumnal colours are brought to life on the waters, with the scenery becoming even more spectacular. Wake up to beautiful misty mornings and take a walk down the leaf-covered towpaths to feel the magic of this time of year. Many of our narrowboats have solid-fuel stoves on board, perfect for a cosy couples get-away.

Middlewich Branch of Shropshire Union

Middlewich Branch of Shropshire Union

We have picked our top 3 canals for a break away this autumn:

The Llangollen Canal

Famous for the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, this popular canal becomes even more appealing during the autumn months. With fewer boats around it’s a far more relaxing and peaceful time to enjoy the Shropshire and Welsh countryside. Cruising across the aqueducts offers some spectacular views across the Dee Valley and the River Dee. Visit attractions such as the Horseshoe Falls, Llangollen Steam Railway and Chirk Castle.

Llangollen Canal in autumn

Llangollen Canal in autumn

Shropshire Union Canal

This beautifully rural and scenic canal truly comes to life in the autumn with golden trees lining the towpath. Travel to Market Drayton- the home of gingerbread, and marvel at its Tudor timber-framed buildings. Stop off for long lunches and dinners at one of the many pretty canalside pubs along the canal. Travel further north through the picturesque Cheshire countryside, through the village of Beeston with its castle, and onto the Roman city of Chester.

Roman City of Chester

Roman City of Chester

 

The Kennet & Avon Canal

One of our most popular canals, again much more peaceful and relaxing in the autumn time. Make the most of the quieter time of year and take to the Kennet & Avon travelling towards the city of Bath. Easily doable in a short break from many of our bases, Bath is home to attractions such as the Roman Baths and Bath Cathedral. There are many other historic towns dotted along the canal, including Bradford-on-Avon, with its 14th Century Tithe Barn.

 

Cruising on the Kennet & Avon.

Cruising on the Kennet & Avon.

To check live availability for your autumn break, visit out website www.waterwaysholidays.com/canal_boat_holidays.htm

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Our sailing trip on the Norfolk Broads

This week 3 of the team here at Waterways Holidays were lucky enough to have a few days sailing on the Norfolk Broads. Our partners at Upton very kindly provided us with the beautiful 34ft yacht ‘Leda’. ‘Leda’ has a gaff rig, which means unlike a Bermudan rig, the main sail is four-cornered. Not only did they provide us with a yacht, but also an instructor for the 3 days due to us all having little to no experience between us!

Leda moored at Upton

Leda moored at Upton

We set off bright and early on Monday morning and arrived at Upton Yacht Station around 11am. Feeling slightly nervous we popped into the office to say hello and were shown to our floating home for the next few days. After putting our belongings on board we were introduced to our instructor Jimmy. We discussed the route options for our trip, popped our lifejackets and sailing gloves on and sat down for our first bit of training.

Leda and the team

Leda and the team

Jimmy motored us down Upton Dyke and onto the River Bure, where we all had a go at controlling the yacht under motor. Luckily all 3 of us are used to a tiller due to previous narrowboat experience. The yacht is far more responsive than a narrowboat so we all adapted to the steering fairly easily. Jimmy put the sails up and we took turns on the helm and controlling the jib.

Thurne Dyke

Thurne Dyke

St Benet's Abbey

St Benet’s Abbey

We sailed on the River Bure past the ruins of St Benet’s Abbey and joined onto the River Ant. We sailed a short way up, on the approach to Ludham Bridge we stopped so that Jimmy could lower the sails and mast in order for us to pass under the bridge. There is a designated mooring spot for yachts to pull over and put the mast and sails back up. We moored at How Hill to visit one of the few remaining Norfolk Broads Wherries.  ‘Hathor’ was originally built in 1905 and is free to look around for members of the public when moored at How Hill.

Wherry 'Hathor'

Wherry ‘Hathor’

We sailed on from How Hill, passing by beautiful riverside homes at Irstead on our way to Barton Broad. With time against us we decided to head to our moorings for the night. Luckily we found a free spot at Gay’s Staithe so we moored, took the sails down and put Leda’s cover on for the night before saying goodbye to Jimmy and heading to the pub for some dinner. We decided on the White Horse at Neatishead, which is  a 15 minute walk from the mooring through country lanes.

The White Horse at Neatishead

The White Horse at Neatishead

After a lovely meal and a couple of wines we headed back to Leda for a much needed rest and an early night. In the morning we had a hearty breakfast ready for a full day of sailing and our first attempts at tacking under Jimmy’s instruction. We put the sails up and headed to Barton Broad, each taking it in turns with the tiller and jib. With the wind getting up more and more it truly became exhilarating as the speed increased and we learnt to tack and weave our way across the Broad. We gained confidence quickly and really started to understand what sailing is all about.

Heather & Dawn

Heather & Dawn

Jimmy & Heather

Jimmy & Heather

After a fairly intense morning we decided to head up to Barton Turf to moor for a spot of lunch and to use the shower facilities. The weather was starting to turn, with rain showers becoming more frequent we decided to start making our way towards Ranworth where we’d be stopping that evening. We sailed back down the River Ant to How Hill to visit another attraction there- Toad Hole Cottage Museum. Toad Hole Cottage is a tiny, thatched cottage, that tells the story of Broads life in Victorian times. The museum provides lots of information on the Broads and has a little shop to buy guidebooks, postcards and gifts.

Malthouse Broad

Malthouse Broad

After dropping the mast and sails we motored for a mile to get under Ludham Bridge. After this we pulled into the reeds and put them back up to attempt to tack down the River Ant. Unfortunately the wind was not working with us and we were meeting a fair amount of cruisers on the way.  We turned onto the River Bure, the wider river allowed us to sail most of the way to Malthouse Broad where we managed to find a mooring close to the pub. We popped over to The Maltsters and had a lovely meal and some drinks for our last evening.

The Maltsters at Ranworth

The Maltsters at Ranworth

We awoke early on the last day of our trip, ready for a morning’s sailing before heading home. Sailing off Malthouse Broad, we spotted a variety of birds including a heron and a little egret. We sailed back past St Benet’s Abbey and headed up towards Womack Water to visit our partners at Ludham. On the way we sailed past another Norfolk Broads Wherry- The Albion, one of only two remaining Broads trading barges.

Yacht Station at Ludham

Yacht Station at Ludham

The Albion Wherry

The Albion Wherry

 

We arrived at Ludham Yard, home of the Norfolk Heritage Fleet, to have a look at their traditional sailing yachts. These yachts are sail-only, with no motors and some original vintage features such as oil lamps and propane cookers.  After our visit, we headed down the River Thurne and River Bure for another sail on our way home. We moored in the boatyard, gathered our belongings and said a huge thank you to Jimmy. We all learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, one which I think all of us would highly recommend.

Heather, Zoe & Dawn

Heather, Zoe & Dawn

To find out more about sailing on the Broads, please take a look at our full website:

www.waterwaysholidays.com/sailing_holidays.htm

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Widebeam Boat Hire near London

We have a beautiful new widebeam available for weekly hire from our base at Iver, just off the main line of the Grand Union Canal.

Pendragon

Pendragon

The starting location provides easy access into Central London, giving boaters the opportunity to cruise to Little Venice, London Zoo & Regent’s Park. For a more rural escape, boaters can cruised north up the Main Line of the Grand Union Canal through the Chiltern Hills towards the towns of Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted.

On the approach to Little Venice

On the approach to Little Venice

‘Pendragon’ has all mod-cons including a widescreen projector and DVD player and Bluetooth ‘Boombar’ speakers. For cosy nights on board, there is a selection of vintage and contemporary board games, along with a solid-fuel stove.

‘Pendragon’ sleeps up to 6 people, featuring one master cabin with a double bed and another cabin with bunk beds. The sofas in the saloon area convert into two further beds if needed. The galley is equipped with all necessary utensils needed for home cooking, along with a few extras such as an electric blender for making smoothies and a cafetiere for coffee. The large breakfast bar means guests can sit and enjoy meals or playing games together.

Pendragon Double Cabin

Pendragon Double Cabin

A guide book of the Grand Union Canal will be on board. Full training is given on arrival so no previous experience is necessary to hire ‘Pendragon’.

To find out more:

Visit our website www.waterwaysholidays.com/southern_england.htm or give us a call on 01252 796400.

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Electric cruisers available to hire on the Norfolk Broads

alsoWe are proud to announce the arrival of another super quiet, environmentally-friendly motor cruiser on the Norfolk Broads, located at Horning.

Electric Cruiser Silent Emblem

Electric Cruiser Silent Emblem

‘Silent Emblem’ is fitted with an electric motor, providing around 5 hours of quiet cruising or running time. There’s no need to plug in to recharge the batteries, the generator cuts in automatically so you can keep cruising. Solar panels are on all of our electric boats and there is also shore power hook-up, to assist with charging the battery, although this is not necessary.

Electric Cruiser Whisper Emblem

Electric Cruiser Whisper Emblem

‘Silent Emblem’ is the second eco-friendly electric cruiser available from Horning. The first ‘Whisper Emblem’, became available for hire in 2016 and is extremely popular with holiday hirers who appreciate the quiet cruising and spacious design. Both have one double cabin, sleeping two very comfortably but with the possibility of making up a bed in the saloon area for an extra person or two. Whisper and Silent feature modern interiors and both also have bow thrusters on board for easier manoeuvring.

Electric-Hybrid Cruiser Rhapsody

Electric-Hybrid Cruiser Rhapsody

For larger parties, our prestige cruiser ‘Rhapsody’ is available to hire from our base at Wroxham, sleeping up to 8. Rhapsody also features an electric, hybrid engine with shore power hook-up.  Sun loungers are on the upper deck, for that extra bit of luxury. A complimentary bottle of bubbly and mini toiletries are on board for your arrival.

To check live availability for our Norfolk Broads cruisers, visit our website:

www.waterwaysholidays.com/norfolkbroads.htm or give our friendly boating team a call on 01252 796400.

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Classic Thames cruiser available to hire from Marlow

We are very happy to announce the arrival of a beautifully hand crafted classic wooden heritage boat, located on the River Thames at Marlow. Built in 1952, ‘Bernadette II’ is 30ft of Bates Star Craft and offers a rare opportunity to explore the Thames in style in a classic motor cruiser.

Bernadette II moored up

Bernadette II moored up

Although classic on the outside, some modern features have also been introduced to make Bernadette II more comfortable. These include memory foam toppers, new mattresses, central heating and finally a TV/DVD player. For convenience and ease of manoeuvrability, a bow thruster is on board, along with shore power, 240v and USB connectivity.

‘Bernadette II’ is ideal for a couple or a family with two younger children, who have been on the canals or the River Thames previously. Many wonderful destinations are within easy reach on a week’s holiday. You can head downstream towards Windsor to visit the castle, or carry on to Hampton Court Palace. Upstream you’ll find pretty riverside towns and villages such as Henley-on-Thames, Abingdon and onto the city of Oxford.

Visit Hampton Court Palace by boat

Visit Hampton Court Palace by boat

For more information, or to check availability:

Feel free to call us on 01252 796400 or visit our website www.waterwaysholidays.com/river-thames.htm

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Take a look at our new boats available to hire

We have added some new boats to our website for your 2017 boating holiday. And now there’s an even better choice of locations for your next holiday. Offering a variety of routes suited to novices and experienced boaters alike.

 

‘Midland Mallard‘ is a 63ft narrowboat ideal for families or a group of friends. Located at Market Bosworth, it is the perfect location for exploring the picturesque, lock-free Ashby Canal. Fitted with plenty of home comforts, the boat has WiFi, a digital TV and DAB radio with bluetooth connectivity.

New boat Midland Mallard from Market Bosworth

Midland Mallard from Market Bosworth

‘Tasselweed’ is on the beautiful Grand Union Canal at Weedon. Sleeping up to 6 with a flexible bed layout, Tasselweed features all mod-cons, including a dishwasher, air-conditioning and a hydraulic bow thruster.

New boat Tasselweed from Weedon

Tasselweed from Weedon

Another new addition to our Weedon base is ‘Hawkweed’. This boat is perfect for two at just 45ft. Hawkweed offers a double cabin with sprung mattress and a spacious saloon area with a flatscreen TV and also a DVD player.

New boat Hawkweed from Weedon

Hawkweed from Weedon

‘Dawn Mist’,  is an extremely flexible 62ft narrowboat, sleeping up to 8 people with a spacious aft deck. Located in Tamworth with a good variety of route options, ‘Dawn Mist’ is ideal for families or groups of friends.

New boat Dawn Mist

Dawn Mist from Tamworth

Find out more about our new boats…

Full training will be given on all of our narrowboats on arrival, so you don’t need any boating experience. For more information on any of our new boats and new locations, visit our website: www.waterwaysholidays.com . You are also welcome to call us on 01252 796400 7 days a week for friendly boating advice.

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