Holiday Inspirations

Hire one of our wonderful widebeams!

Posted by on October 23, 2018 at 10:42 am

The extra space a widebeam provides in comparison to a traditional narrowboat is a feature that many people are attracted to. Traditionally, a narrowboat is 6ft in width, whereas a widebeam offers at least an extra few feet of space, ranging between 9ft-12ft in width. We have several widebeams to hire, located across the United […]

Norfolk Broads Autumn Boat Hire

Posted by on October 3, 2018 at 2:19 pm

Many people tend to associate boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads with the summer holidays, a bustling place of excitement filled with families enjoying their time together. Autumn however, tends to be overlooked as the time to go for a boating holiday, when in actual fact, it’s an ideal time to go. With the leaves […]

Trudi’s relaxing midweek break on the River Avon

Posted by on September 13, 2018 at 9:08 am

  Starting on a Tuesday afternoon from our base at Pershore on the River Avon, we planned a very relaxing, laid-back boating break. We wanted to escape the ‘rat race’ for a few days and this break couldn’t have been more perfect. On our first afternoon we headed west towards the historic town of Evesham. […]

A lot about locks

Posted by on August 22, 2018 at 1:52 pm

We speak with lots of first time boaters here at Waterways Holidays, giving advice on the most suitable boats or routes for a holiday. However, one thing does tend to become apparent and that is a ‘fear of the unknown’ when it comes to working locks. In fact, most locks are simple to master and […]

Stern Talk – which to choose for your narrowboat holiday?

Posted by on July 5, 2018 at 11:57 am

There are 3 main types of stern to choose from when deciding which boat to pick for your boating holiday. Generally it is down to personal preference, but there are pros and cons to each type. Here is a round-up of the three types, to give you a better idea of the differences between them: […]

Top 5 lock-free weekend cruising routes

Posted by on May 30, 2018 at 4:15 pm

If you’re considering a narrowboat holiday but the idea of operating the locks is a little daunting, we’ve rounded up a few weekend cruising routes that involve no locks at all! The Ashby Canal A fantastic option for novice boaters or for those who enjoy peaceful, rural cruising. This lock-free canal runs for 22 miles […]

Boating in the spring

Posted by on March 22, 2018 at 11:10 am

The beginning of spring is upon us and along with it comes the official start of the boating season! We think spring is a wonderful time to take to the waterways; here are our top 5 reasons why:   With the Spring Equinox marking the arrival of the season and the changing of the clocks […]

Meet ‘Lily’- a brand new boat for hire in 2018

Posted by on March 20, 2018 at 11:24 am

We have a brand new boat available to hire from our base at Trevor on the Llangollen Canal. ‘Lily’ has all of the elegance and style of a historic narrowboat but with every modern convenience for today’s family holiday! ‘Lily’ is 66ft semi-traditional stern narrowboat offering ‘heritage’ features alongside some modern home comforts. She boasts […]

Top Easter destinations on the UK waterways

Posted by on February 13, 2018 at 4:32 pm

The Easter Holidays are a fantastic time to escape with the family and enjoy some time away together. With the days gradually getting longer, the chance of some sunshine increasing and the newborn spring animals in the passing fields; it’s not hard to see why it’s such a popular time to go boating. We’ve had […]

Top weekend city breaks by boat

Posted by on January 22, 2018 at 10:58 am

A boating weekend is a fantastic way to experience the water. Whether it’s with family or friends sometimes a short break is all that is needed to slow down and recharge. We’ve chosen 5 of the best locations for a weekend city break by narrowboat:   Birmingham A great choice for groups of friends wanting […]