Narrowboats, Barges and Longboats
Most of Britain's navigable canals were built with narrow locks just 7 ft wide and 70 ft long. So a specially adapted boat was built to exploit them. These craft are known as narrowboats, however over the years they have also been incorrectly called barges and longboats. (A barge is usually understood to be wider and therefore cannot cruise on the narrower canals.)
In more recent times the canal network has been revitalised by the development of the waterways leisure industry and so what was a freight transport system in the 19th century, is now a very special holiday experience that allows you to cruise along these forgotten highways and see the countryside that most tourists miss.
Brand new boats have been built to deliver comfortable cruising holiday homes.