A holiday on Britain's Inland Waterways is a civilised adventure; civilised because you carry all your home comforts with you; and an adventure because around every bend there is something new and surprising to discover and enjoy with your family and friends.
All The Comforts Of Home
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.
Freedom Of Choice
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.
Room for the children and the dog!
A real family holiday. leisurely enough to please Mum and Dad, plenty for the children to do, and none of the petty restrictions you get with a beach holiday. And because your boat is your home, you're never stranded miles from a hot drink or a change of clothes. (Pets travel FREE!)
"This holiday was the first time our two have ever stopped bickering for a whole week." Mrs R Wilson
Simple skills to master
"Thank you for making our first venture into canal boating so enjoyable and easy"
Mrs W B Laughton
As with so much on the water, the choice is yours; where you go, for how long and at what pace, your holiday will be quite unlike any other. Idle through delightful countryside, seek out the nightlife, wonder at the engineering of the locks, weirs and aqueducts, choose a route for shopping, or to explore Britain's beautiful heritage. Boating Holidays in Britain can create a perfect and truly unique holiday for you, your family and your friends. Learning how to handle a narrowboat and work the locks are a good deal easier than learning to ride a bike. What's more the boats are surprisingly responsive and easy to control, after all they travel at a very leisurely 4 mph. Pamper yourself
Your boat will have much the same range of mod cons as your home - central heating, constant hot hater, shower, airing cupboard, wardrobes, comfortable beds, refrigerator, flush toilets. Why rough it, when you can holiday in comfort?
"The boat was superb, excellent handling, layout and a very high quality of cleanliness and inventory....absolutely first class."
Mrs M J Morrice