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Narrowboat Holidays

A wide choice of self-drive narrowboat holidays throughout the Canals and Rivers of England and Wales. will introduce you to one of Britain's best kept secrets, the 2000 mile network of narrow waterways and navigations for which the narrowboat was specially designed, that meander across some of the most beautiful countryside, and past pubs, cottages and warehouses. Here you will discover the Britain most tourists miss on their holidays.Narrowboat holidays cruising through Worcestershire

We will introduce you to 'Narrowboat Holidays' and some of Britain's largest and most successful narrowboat holiday operators.

First time boaters are given a friendly welcome by everybody on the canal.   But you won't be inexperienced for very long, for within a short time you will be gliding serenely around the first bend into a whole new and different world.

The specially designed boats (narrowboats) are easy to handle and of course, everything happens at a relaxed pace.  You will be given all the instruction you need by the holiday company and will soon head off on your very own adventure like a seasoned boater.

Your boat will be fully equipped with every modern amenity, so self-catering becomes a pleasure, but there are also many canalside pubs, once essential 'staging posts' for the working boats of the last century, which are now popular watering holes for holiday boaters; and most offer great food at reasonable prices.

Most visitors appreciate the independence, the peace and tranquillity of 'getting away from it all'.  You can choose between the challenge of some of the densely belocked stretches of canal - quite astounding feats of engineering - or choose lazy days drifting along the many stretches with very few locks.  The canals and rivers go through the heart of the cities as well as through open countryside, and your boat can be a mobile base for exploring the history of our great trading routes, or for the diverse entertainment you will find in our largest city centres.

Two thousand miles of tranquil waterways, threading their way through some of Britain's most beautiful and unspoiled countryside, offering a haven for wildlife and an insight into our industrial heritage.  A network of waterways taking you to the heart of major cities, with all the entertainment and leisure facilities that they provide.

There is nothing quite like a holiday on Britain's Inland waterways.    Camaraderie when you meet other boaters, friendliness when you tie up at the pub for a drink or a meal.  A holiday of contrasts, taken at a slow pace.  The variety is endless, city, town, village and country, wide canal, narrow canal and river.  Every bend brings forth some new feature.  You can never see it all, no matter how many times you return.    But why worry?  Narrowboat holidays are for relaxation, for unwinding from every day pressures, for doing what you like, when you like. 

Boating Holidays in Britain

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One of the most popular ways of trying out a Boating Holiday in Britain is by taking one of our special short breaks.

Weekend Breaks

You  start out on a Friday afternoon around 3.00 pm and following a full demonstration of how to handle the boat and work the locks (all very straightforward) you are off on a carefree 3 night break, exploring the real Britain.  Saturday and Sunday are yours to do with as you please and the only thing you really need to remember is that these Weekend breaks finish at 9.30 am on the Monday morning, when you have to hand the boat back to the boatyard.


Midweek Breaks

These equally popular breaks, have you cruising away from the boatyard around 3.00 pm on a Monday afternoon and the good news is that you don't have to be back until Friday morning at 9.30 am!  This gives you a full four nights away and yet the price is exactly the same as for the Weekend. 

Both breaks give you the chance to explore some of Britain's 2,000 miles of unspoilt, 200 hundred year old waterway system.  You can cruise out into the idylic countryside, or visit historic Cities, discovering a whole new world around every bend.

Making The Right Decision

Choosing a holiday company often seems to be more about luck than science, but help is at hand!

The Tourist Board in England, along with the very best operators, have introduced a Grading Scheme for boats. The companies that have joined the scheme, submit all of their boats every year to a thorough inspection by a senior Tourist Board inspector, who then grades every boat on a scale of 1-5. When you come to choose a holiday operator, make sure that they are members of the 'star' scheme. 

You wouldn't want to take a chance with one that hasn't been inspected!

So who To Choose?

Boating Holidays in Britain only recommends holidays with the very best of the operators in the UK, all of whom have been inspected and graded by the Tourist Board.

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Narrowboats come in a variety of different layouts.

This is often at the front with doors opening to the front deck. This is where the sitting and eating is done, so the TV and radio are usually here.

Contains a domestic sized cooker and fridge along with a full inventory for self-catering as well as hot and cold water.

showr.gif (131459 bytes)Toilets:
They are all modern and hygienic, fresh water flushing units.

Spacious showers with lots of piping hot water. Often as good as the one at home. (or even better!)

bed1.jpg (75585 bytes)Narrowboats are just that! So fixed Double beds tend to be 4’ wide and single beds 2’ 6".

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