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July 5, 2018

Family Canal Holidays for Less: Save up to £254 with Waterways Holidays

Fantastic family holidays for less – that’s the offer from Waterways Holidays which is highlighting deals on selected narrowboat hire across the UK.

For example, seven-night holidays on ‘Princess 4’ class narrowboats at five different locations are now reduced to £1445 for seven-night holidays starting between 28 July and 24 August 2018. That represents a saving of £254 on the original price and is for a family of four to six people.

‘Princess 4’ narrowboats with the special offer are based across the Heart of England including Stoke Prior in Worcestershire, Acton Bridge in Cheshire, Napton on the Grand Union Canal in Warwickshire, plus the Peak District, and Falkirk in Scotland.

These boats are perfect for a family, 52-feet long, with two cabins sleeping four people, and the potential for two more if utilising the convertible seating in the saloon.

‘Princess 4’ boats are four-star rated and fully-equipped for self-catering, including bed-linen and towels, and even WiFi. Many boats are pet-friendly at no extra charge.

There’s also complimentary car parking while cruising, loan of buoyancy aids and of course a thorough induction before setting off. The only extra is fuel used while cruising: budget £12-£15 per day for this.

A week on a narrowboat is ideal for families, combining the freedom of a self-catering holiday with immediate access to the great outdoors: towpaths for children to walk, run or cycle, locks and swing bridges to open and fabulous wildlife to spot. Depending on the route taken – and Waterways Holidays can advise on all the options – there are canal-side pubs for meals out, and fascinating sights from Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum to the amazing Falkirk Wheel rotating boat lift.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

Price and availability correct at date of issue: terms and conditions apply.

July 5, 2018

Eight Top Family Holiday Destinations from Waterways Holidays

A week on the canals is the perfect all-in-one holiday for families says the UK’s top boating holiday company Waterways Holidays.  “A narrowboat is not only a floating holiday home, it is your mode of transport and sightseeing all wrapped into one great-value package,” says managing director Nigel Richards.

The company offers narrowboat hire across Britain’s 2,000+ miles of canals and recommends these destinations for family holidays afloat this summer.

  1. LLANGOLLEN CANAL Waterways Holidays offers seven start points between Llangollen and the junction with the Shropshire Union Canal. This is a wonderfully scenic canal, with the thrill of crossing the 126-feet high Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (UNESCO World Heritage site).
  1. THE HEART OF ENGLAND The Grand Union Canal is the ‘spine’ of the network, connecting London with Birmingham. Linking rivers like the Avon and Severn wander through Warwick and Stratford while canals enter the heart of Birmingham and Leicester. Choose from 12 start points on the Grand Union Canal itself, with many more across the Midlands.
  1. BATH This elegant city is a living history book for family sightseeing. Bath is packed with fascinating museums from the Roman Baths and No 1 Royal Crescent to the Jane Austen Centre. Moor in the city centre or 10 minutes’ walk away at Sydney Gardens. There are seven start points within easy reach of Bath.

 

  1. SCOTLAND Waterways Holidays suggests hiring from the base at the foot of the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift, which is the height of about eight double decker buses. Marvel at this feat of modern engineering, then cruise the Forth and Clyde Canal to see the Kelpies, or head towards Linlithgow.
  1. THE FENS Perhaps Britain’s least-known waterways. The Nene and Great Ouse rivers combine with navigable fens to bring boats into the heart of cathedral cities like Ely and Peterborough, sleepy Cambridgeshire villages and fascinating nature reserves. Start from Ely or March.
  1. RIVER WEY The river was made navigable as early as the 1630s, and today is managed by the National Trust, providing a green corridor through Surrey to connect with the Thames. Excellent choice of waterside pubs and restaurants. Start from Guildford, Send or Farncombe.
  1. THE PENNINES Three key waterways cross the northern hills. The Leeds and Liverpool, Rochdale and Huddersfield canals. Enjoy far-reaching moorland views then discover England’s industrial heritage in former mill towns. Four start points including Barnoldswick and Sowerby Bridge.
  1. THE BRECON BEACONS The Monmouth and Brecon canal is ideal for nature-lovers: spot red kites, kingfishers and herons. Its 36 miles are cut off from the rest of the canal network, with tranquil towpaths, few locks and lovely views, it is the ideal ‘first time’ canal, with three start points.

Family-friendly narrowboats come in all sizes, from compact four-berths to 60+ feet long boats sleeping up to 12.

Many are pet friendly at no extra charge, and all are equipped with everything needed for a self-catering holiday afloat. Initial tuition is always provided, along with the loan of buoyancy aids.

A peak summer week for a family of up to six people, in a Princess 4 class narrowboat available from a variety of locations, starts at £1360. Price and availability correct at date of issue: terms and conditions apply.

Further information and advice from Waterways Holidays on 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

June 6, 2018

Top 5 Lock-free Canal Cruises from Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays, the online booking portal and authority on holidays afloat, has chosen its top five routes for easy boating weekends on Britain’s canals.

“If you’re considering a narrowboat holiday but the idea of operating the locks is a little daunting, we can recommend weekend cruising routes that involve no locks at all,” says managing director Nigel Richards.

  1. Ashby Canal

This lock-free canal runs for 22 miles through scenic countryside and pretty villages. From the base at Stoke Golding places of interest within easy reach include the site of the Battle of Bosworth and the steam railway society at Shackerstone. Three nights’ hire starts at £720

  1. Lancaster Canal

This is a ‘contour canal’ which follows the line of the land so no locks are required along its 41 miles. A choice of bases means boaters may visit the City of Lancaster or lovely Morecambe Bay. A three-night weekend starts at £435

  1. Basingstoke Canal

A superb canal for wildlife lovers, with up to 25 dragonfly species to spot, crested grebe and other waterfowl plus water voles, and even bats which roost in the Greywell Tunnel.  Weekend hire from £590 For three nights.

  1. Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

The ‘Mon & Brec’ arguably boasts the most picturesque views of Britain’s canal network, as it winds through the Brecon Beacons National Park. From the base at Goytre it’s lock-free cruising all the way to Llangyndir. A three-night weekend starts at £623

  1. Worcester and Birmingham Canal

Great for city sightseeing!  Moor in Gas Street Basin and explore the many attractions Birmingham has to offer, from the Sea Life Centre and Cadbury World to the amazing Library and the famous Bullring Shopping Centre. Weekend hire from £645 For three nights.

Further information and advice from Waterways Holidays on 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

 

May 31, 2018

Loveboats: self-steer UK cruises just for two!

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop-online-shop for holidays on Britain’s inland waterways, is highlighting canal boats just for two: perfect for a romantic break or even a honeymoon with a difference!

In the country, a tranquil towpath mooring is easy to find, while canals also run through the heart of elegant towns like Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Chester.

“We have a great choice of boats suited for a couple looking to enjoy quality time in the country or city, with stunning scenery or historic sights, canal-side pubs and romantic walks,” says Nigel Richards, managing director of Waterways Holidays.

Couple-friendly boats available from Waterways Holidays include:

  • Casanova is aptly named! The 45-feet long boat has a romantic cabin with TV and luxurious king-sized bed, plus a welcome pack including wine and the option to have a supermarket shop delivered in advance. Based at Nantwich on the Middlewich arm of the Shropshire Union canal, there is a choice of cruising routes, with three-night weekends from £1007.
  • Bath2, based at pretty Bradford-on-Avon, an easy cruise from Georgian Bath. This 47-feet boat is cosy with double bed, two armchairs and folding table and chairs for indoor or outdoor dining. Three-night weekends start at £519.
  • Cheviot is a very traditional boat: colourful paintwork, a multi-fuel stove and a comfy sofa that pulls out to create the double bed, and a covered bow for indoor/outdoor living. This tiny boat – only 35 feet – based at Braunston on the Warwickshire/Northants border offers a classic, budget option with weekends from only £645.
  • Oxford is based at Sowerby Bridge in the heart of the Pennines. Honeymooners are welcomed with a bottle of champagne, and this comfy 42-feet long boat has a double bed and plenty of space, with armchairs in the saloon and a bath (with shower over) in the bathroom. Three nights’ hire starts at £685.

In all cases above, hire charges are fully-inclusive of damage waiver, fuel, use of buoyancy aids, initial tuition and car parking while cruising.

“A boating holiday makes an ideal romantic getaway. We’re also increasingly helping customers plan and book their perfect honeymoon, and with many boats being pet friendly, your four legged best friend is welcome too,” says Nigel.

 

01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

May 2, 2018

Save Broads Sailing Holidays – new Campaign from Norfolk Yacht Operators

The five companies that offer yachts for hire on the Norfolk Broads have formed a new partnership to promote sailing holidays in the Broads National Park.

A new website: www.BroadsSailing.com has been launched to act as the focal point for the campaign featuring all the Broads yachts still available for hire, ranging from classic 1930s mahogany boats to brand new fibreglass yachts.

The website offers ‘live’ availability and is backed by a specialist helpline to advise novice and experienced sailors alike.

“Fifty years ago there were over 40 boatyards and hundreds of cabin yachts for hire,” says Andy Hamilton, the Chairman of the new Broads Sailing group. “Now motor cruisers dominate the waterways, but five operators still offer this uniquely Norfolk experience.”

“We need to make Broads sailing holidays easy to find online, easy to understand and easy to book.”

Between them, the five companies offer a wide range of yachts from two to eight berths to suit both novices and experienced sailors.

Each operator includes comprehensive ‘handover’ instruction at the start of each holiday and two of the boatyards offer RYA tuition at extra cost so that even complete beginners can enjoy sailing on the Norfolk Broads.

A three-night weekend hire of a two-berth cabin yacht in June starts at £363.

A family-sized yacht sleeping four costs from £629 for a week in August.

Visit www.BroadsSailing.com  or call 01252 796409

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Release written and distributed by Beacon PR: 01572 748 800

Images available from Jane at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk

Notes for Editors

The Broads sailing holiday operators working together are:

  • Eastwood Whelpton Sailing Holidays at Upton
  • Martham Boats at Martham
  • Hunter’s Yard at Ludham
  • Swallowtail Boatyard at Ludham
  • Oliver’s Sailing Holidays at Martham Ferry

 

BroadsSailing.com spokesman is Andy Hamilton of Eastwood Whelpton Sailing Holidays: 01493 750 430

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