All Inclusive Boating on the Norfolk Broads!

***NEW for 2013***

All inclusive Norfolk Broads boating holidays from Horning

All Inclusive Norfolk Broads Boat Hire

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!

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Fantastic Savings for October Half Term!

Thinking of ideas for keeping the family entertained this October Half term?

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.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

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Brand New! wheelchair accessible Canal Boat!

Brand new wheelchair 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.

Special features include:

  • Wheelchair ramp access
  • Lift in stern
  • Steering with either tiller or wheel
  • Large wet room with grip handles
  • Optional shower seat
  • Solid fuel stove
Hire Boat - 'Beatrice'

Hire Boat – ‘Beatrice’

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.

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Trudi’s Canal Boat Holiday – 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.

South Oxford Lift Bridge

South Oxford Lift Bridge

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.

South Oxford Fields of Cattle

South Oxford Fields of Cattle

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.

Rural Views on the South Oxford Canal

Rural Views on the South Oxford Canal

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.

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50% off Norfolk Broads boat hire!

Save 50% off Summer Holidays from selected boats at Potter Heigham!

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.

Hire Boat- 'Evening Light'

Hire Boat- ‘Evening Light’

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!

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Norfolk Broads Boat Hire – Summer Savers & Luxury Hampers

Save 15% off Summer Holidays from selected boats at Horning!

applicable for holidays taken in July and August!

PLUS a free luxury Hamper containing local produce worth £50.00!

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.

Platinum Emblem

Platinum Emblem

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!

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Calder & Hebble Navigation and Rochdale Canal junction

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.

Sowerby Bridge hire boat

hire boat at Sowerby Bridge

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!

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Brand new – One way boat hire in Warwickshire

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!

One Way Hire Boat - 'Stephen'

One Way Hire Boat – ‘Stephen’

Stretton to Stockton Cruising Ideas:

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.

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Henley Royal Regatta

Taking place from Wednesday 27th June for five days, the Henley Royal Regatta attracts thousands of visitors to the River Thames annually as one of the most popular Regatta events. This year will be no exception following the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

First held in 1839, the events have expanded from a one day event to five, with  20 rowing events leading to the prize giving commencing from 4.30 pm on Sunday. Through out the five days a series of head to head events taking place for 0ne mile, 550 yards, racing two abreast.

The Regatta enclosure will be constructed just downstream, offering the public seating areas and a covered restaurant with an outside dining area. (You would need to buy a ticket for admission to the Regatta enclosure.) Mooring at the Regatta is now fully booked for this years Royal Henley Regatta but you can moor just outside the Marina at Caversham next to the River and Rowing Museum you are just 5 minutes walk across the Bridge to Henley.

Henley Views

Henley Views

Why not book hire boat ‘Gina’ for a midweek break and immerse yourself in the Henley Regatta atmosphere! This boat situated at Caversham offers hirers the opportunity to moor at the River and Rowing Museum at Henley and walk to the Spectators enclosure.

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Canal Boat Hire- Braunston Historic Rally Weekend

The impressive Braunston Historic Narrow Boat Rally & Canal Festival is taking place from Friday evening on the 22nd June for one weekend only. Why not take to the waters on a canal boat holiday for a family filled weekend with a difference!

Dating back over 10 years the historic boat rally will take place on the Grand Union Canal starting in the village with plenty of evening entertainment. Admission is free to the rally but all donations will be given to canal and local services charities.

Saturday morning will be kicked off with guest star ‘Gayle Hunnicutt’ from the 1972 film ‘Running Scared’. The production was filmed on location at Braunston, taking advantage of the canal and marina.

Processions then take to the water with well over 80 historic vessels taking part and providing commentary as they cruise down the canal. On land is a real ale beer tent, food stalls, exhibitions, waterways artists, boat horse demonstrations, morris dancing, theatrical productions, live music from bands and an open air Songs of Praise church service for the Sunday ceremony.

Why not get involved by taking to the waters yourself to experience a traditional canal boat holiday. You can moor and watch the rally pass by or simply stop off at Braunston village and get immersed in the Boat Show atmosphere, join the festivities and learn more about the UK historic canal boats that were once integral to the revolution of Britain.

Canal Boat Hire at Braunston

Canal Boat Hire at Braunston

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