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November 13, 2018

Save up to 25% on 2019 Canal Holidays: Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays has put 2019 canal holidays on sale with a variety of Early Booking Offers saving up to £549 on a family holiday next summer.

As an example, for bookings made by 30 November, a week’s hire of Duck Class narrowboats at locations around the UK are discounted by 25% for July and August holidays, and by 20% for all other dates.

As an example, ‘Tufted Duck’ is a beautiful boat based at Reedly in Lancashire, sleeping four to six people. A week in the Easter holidays starting 12 April costs £1120, saving £279, with a peak August week reduced to £1650, saving £549.

Flexible double/singe berths make ‘Tufted Duck’ an ideal boat for families and the modern fit-out includes two shower/wcs as well as a smart galley kitchen and good-sized ‘saloon’ or living area. The hire price includes bed linen and towels, damage waiver fee, car parking at base, loan of buoyancy aids and initial tuition. Take a pet for free and pay for fuel as used. Based on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, cruising routes include Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales in one direction, or through Lancashire to Wigan.

Other current Early Booking Offers include 20% off all hire – both full week and short breaks when booked by 31 December – of Raki Raki, a 69-feet long boat based at Poynton in Cheshire. Perfect for large parties or even two families, she has three permanent cabins to sleep eight, with +2 on convertible seating. An Easter holiday break starting 12 April 2019 is reduced to £1408, saving £352, and a peak August week is reduced to £1891, saving £472. Raki Raki hire is fully-inclusive.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

 

October 25, 2018

Cosy on The Cut: Canal Breaks with Waterways Holidays

Britain’s canals have had a busy summer – the best-ever for narrowboat hire according to Waterways Holidays – but The Cut* is open all year and so are many boat bases across the country.

“Year-round hire boats have modern radiators and central heating,” says Waterways Holidays managing director Nigel Richards, “and quite a few also have a little stove in the seating area – the saloon – which is a cosy focal point on autumn and winter evenings.”

For example, ‘Bridie Bear’ is a welcoming narrowboat based at Riley Green on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Lancashire. She’s 57-feet long and well-equipped for two couples or a family of four. As well as central heating and a log-burning stove in the spacious saloon, guests also find a welcome hamper of local and Fair Trade produce.

Pet friendly at no extra cost, three or four-night November breaks on Bridie Bear cost from just £441 to include fuel, bed linen, loan of buoyancy aids, car parking at base and initial tuition. A refundable security deposit is required.

At pretty Bradford on Avon, with the city of Bath to the west, and the Kennet and Avon canal to the east, ‘Simone’ is newly refitted for 2018 and equipped with the best of old and new: a wood-burning stove as well as central heating, a clever galley kitchen with hob, oven and microwave, plus a smart shower/wc. The boat sleeps two or, using convertible seating in the saloon, four. November short breaks start at £695 plus damage waiver.

And for a couple looking to step back in time to the heyday of The Cut, Hector, based at Harborough Magna, is entirely heated by its old-style stove (no radiators) with a little side-oven perfect for baking potatoes, and hot plate for making hot drinks. There’s a modern oven and hob too! From £464 per couple for short breaks in November.

See November availability for hire boats with cosy stoves here: https://goo.gl/uy4M4U

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

* The Cut is an alternative name for a canal because it was literally cut into the landscape by labourers.

 

October 14, 2018

Save up to 40% on October Canal Boat Hire

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop advice centre and booking site for holidays on Britain’s inland waterways, has a host of offers on October hire, with reductions of up to 40 per cent.

The largest savings are on boats starting from Pershore on the River Avon, where modern four-star narrowboats with impressive names like ‘Omniscient’, ‘Ostentatious’ and ‘Ubiquitous’ are discounted for weekend and midweek breaks as well as full week hire – including half term. For example:

Hire ‘Ostentatious’ for seven nights starting 20 October and pay just £750, saving £500 on the original price! This 52-feet long narrowboat can sleep up to six, and has central heating, a clever galley kitchen, shower, wc and all mod cons for a self-catering holiday afloat. It is pet friendly too, at no extra charge. Everything is included in the hire price, even fuel, though hirers are asked for a damage waiver deposit.

Other options include three nights on ‘Quintessence’ (sleeps up to eight) starting 20 October for £591, saving £394, and a four-night break starting 16 October on ‘Omniscient’ which is now reduced to £438, saving £292.

From Pershore, the River Avon winds through beautiful Worcestershire countryside, including the orchards of the vale of Evesham and limestone villages, to Shakespeare’s Stratford, while to the south lies historic Tewkesbury’s lovely abbey.

In Cheshire, the majority of boats based at Anderton on the Trent & Mersey Canal are now reduced by 35 per cent throughout October, with savings of up to £560 on a full week. That’s on seven nights’ hire of ‘Booted Eagle’ starting 22 October, now reduced to £1040 for the whole family.

Other breaks from Anderton include four nights’ hire of ‘Tufted Duck’ starting 8 or 15 October at £552, saving £297, and three nights’ hire of ‘Reed Bunting’ on 26 October now just £422, saving £227.  Anderton is a brilliant starting point for visiting pretty Lymm and the Lion Salt Works in historic Northwich.

Other October discounts apply to boats based at Sowerby Bridge in the Pennines, and on the lovely Kennet & Avon canal in Wiltshire.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

September 13, 2018

Half Term on Britain’s Canals from £507 for a Family of 6

October half-term holidays are an opportunity to try a self-catering break with a difference: a modern family-friendly narrowboat on Britain’s canals, with prices from just £507 for a Monday to Friday break for up to six people!

That’s just one of hundreds of boating holiday options available at Waterwaysholidays.com, the one-stop shop and advice source for breaks on our inland waterways.

£507 is the hire charge for a Derwent or Medway class narrowboat for four nights starting Monday 15 October in the Heart of England (bases at Gailey and Rugby). That’s a saving of £273 on the original price.

The following week, starting Monday 22 October the same boats are £585 for a four-night break, saving £315.

These modern narrowboats have two separate cabins to sleep four in permanent berths, with convertible seating in the saloon to sleep two additional people (six in total).

Each has one full shower/wc and an additional separate wc, a sitting/dining saloon area and well-equipped kitchen. Like most narrowboats, they’re pet-friendly at no extra charge.

Hire fees include damage waiver charge, bedlinen and towels, car parking at the base while away, loan of buoyancy aids and helmsman’s waterproofs and – of course – a comprehensive hand-over with tuition so that families can set off with confidence! The only extra is fuel used during the trip: families should budget around £50 for this.

“With more than 2,000 miles of navigable canals across the UK, most people are within an hour or two’s drive of one of our start points,” says Waterways Holidays’ managing director Nigel Richards.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

September 12, 2018

Educational Breaks on Boats from Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays says a family weekend on a narrowboat is a living history experience for children, with waterside museums and educational attractions to visit.

“Learning how to operate locks and swing or lift bridges is part of the experience of a canal break,” says managing director Nigel Richards, “and some of the best museums in Britain are accessible from the towpath.”

The Canal and River Trust’s museum on the Grand Union Canal in the pretty village of Stoke Bruerne is an obvious choice. There’s a re-creation of a boat-builder’s workshop, working models of narrowboats, films bringing early C20th canals to life and craft displays. Open daily until November and weekends until Christmas. Family ticket £12. A weekend’s hire of ‘Gull’ from Gayton costs from £680 plus fuel.

In the north-west, the Anderton Boat Lift is a fantastic example of engineering, lifting boats from the Trent and Mersey Canal to the River Weaver 50 feet above (visitor centre free). Families can also discover the history of salt-making with a visit to the Lion Salt Works near Northwich, which has direct access from the towpath. Closed Mondays. Family ticket from £14.60.  A weekend’s hire of ‘Princess 4’ from Acton Bridge costs from £560 plus fuel this autumn.

Birmingham’s Gas Street canal basin is a great base for visiting family-friendly educational attractions including the National Sea Life Centre beside the canal (tickets from £13) and, only 10 minutes’ walk away, the city’s Museum and Art Gallery (free) where the Staffordshire Hoard is on display: the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found. A weekend’s hire of ‘Thrush’ from Alvechurch costs from £552 plus fuel.

Other educational canal-side visits include the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre in West Yorkshire and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Visitor Centre.

Quoted prices are based on a three-night weekend hire of a modern narrowboat sleeping four to six people.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

 

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