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October 9, 2017

Is the ‘Shroppie’ Britain’s Spookiest Canal?

Waterways Holidays, the UK’s leading boating holidays agency, reckons the Shropshire Union Canal is the most haunted in Britain, making a few days afloat a novel getaway for Halloween!

The canal runs for just over 66 miles from Ellesmere Port to Wolverhampton, winding through Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire countryside and market towns. Ghostly sightings are well-documented, and the southern stretch, where the canal passes through moss-covered cuttings, beneath looming embankments are particularly atmospheric!

Chester is the place to spot the ghost of a Roman Centurion guarding the old Northgate at the point where the canal was cut into the city’s moat. Near Market Drayton the ghost is heard rather than seen, with many stories in the canal community of a ‘shrieking spook’ at Betton Cutting. Sadly, a more ‘modern’ ghost has been spotted at Little Onn in Staffordshire, where an American pilot crashed his plane beside the canal.

At Tyrley Middle Lock, near Market Drayton, a friendly ghost is said to help out late-night boaters by pushing the lock gates shut after the narrowboat has passed through.  As cruising after dark is no longer permitted, the ghostly lock-keeper now has little work to do!

The ghastliest ghost is certainly the monkey-like beast – or man – who lurks around Bridge 39, a bridge constructed in 1832 close to Norbury Junction. The ‘monkey man’ is said to be the ghost of a drowned boatman, with one of the earliest documented sightings in 1879.

More recently, in the 1980s, a family on a narrowboat holiday was preparing lunch in the galley while dad stayed at the helm. When he steered the boat under Bridge 39 he looked up to see a “huge black hairy monkey” staring back at him! He shouted, but by the time the family came up on deck, the boat had passed through and there was nothing to see.

Waterways Holidays can suggest half a dozen different start points on the spooky Shroppie, with – for example – a four-night hire of a narrowboat called Python from Norbury starting 30 October costing as little as £645. The 56-feet long narrowboat can sleep up to six people at maximum occupancy and is equipped with everything needed for a self-catering break afloat. Except a ghost-buster!

01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

 

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

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Waterways Holidays’ spokesman is managing director Nigel Richards: 01252 796400

 

Waterwaysholidays.com offers live availability on more than 1800 narrowboats, cruisers and sailing yachts operated by the UK’s leading boat operators and with more than 80 different start locations.  The website offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers. Boating holidays in France and Portugal also available.

September 25, 2017

October Half Term on England’s Canals

Waterways Holidays, the UK’s leading boating holidays agency, is highlighting the Heart of England for October half term holidays afloat, with breaks from £696 for a family of four.

Napton-on-the-Hill in Warwickshire is a pretty village with a church, two pubs, a village store and cafe. It is also a major waterways junction where the North and South Oxford Canals meet with the Grand Union Canal.

“Napton is a fantastic start point with a big choice of routes, and a range of narrowboats to suit both small and extended family groups,” says Waterways Holidays’ managing director Nigel Richards.

Even a short break of three or four nights offers a choice. Head west along the Grand Union Canal to elegant Leamington Spa and historic Warwick; take a cruise through rural scenery on the North Oxford Canal to visit the market town of Banbury, or head east to Braunston then decide whether to follow the Leicester arm of the Grand Union Canal north, or head south into rural Northamptonshire, stopping at canal-side pubs along the way.

AS AN EXAMPLE OF PRICE, a three-night break at half term on a Princess Class 4 narrowboat costs from £696 for a family of four (with convertible seating sleeping +2 if wanted). The boat is well-equipped with central heating and WiFi and prepared with everything needed for self-catering, including bedding/linen and towels. Hire includes initial tuition, car parking at Napton, loan of buoyancy aids and damage waiver; just pay for fuel as used during the cruise.

In a full week’s ‘self-drive’ narrowboat holiday, families can travel out and back towards historic Stratford to the west, or south through Oxfordshire, or head to Northampton and the nationally-important Waterways Museum at Stoke Bruerne.

The circular ‘Warwickshire Ring’ is also possible, linking Grand Union with the North Stratford Canal, the Birmingham and Fazeley, the Coventry and the North Oxford canals to make an energetic route with a host of great sights along the way.

A WEEK’S HIRE of a Princess Class 4 narrowboat (sleeping four) from Napton on Saturday 21 October, costs from £1040, including all the benefits listed above.

01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com
Release written and distributed by Beacon PR: 01572 748 800

Waterways Holidays’ spokesman is managing director Nigel Richards: 01252 796400

 

Waterwaysholidays.com offers live availability on more than 1800 narrowboats, cruisers and sailing yachts operated by the UK’s leading boat operators and with more than 80 different start locations.  The website offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers. Boating holidays in France and Portugal also available.

September 18, 2017

Autumn Canal Breaks: Deals from Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays, the UK’s leading boating holidays agency, has a host of short break options – many of them discounted – this autumn.

“With all the comforts of home, including central heating or multi fuel stoves (or sometimes both), modern narrowboats are well equipped for cosy out of season breaks,” says Waterways Holidays’ managing director Nigel Richards.

Current offers for autumn short breaks include:

Shropshire Union Canal, from Middlewich in Cheshire, board ‘Ash’ for a three-night weekend starting Friday 29 September and pay £788, saving £337. This spacious 65-feet narrowboat has a double cabin and two singles, with a large saloon that offers easy chairs for relaxing, as well as a dining table and chairs for meals. ‘Ash’ has a traditional wood-burning stove in a corner of the saloon, as well as full central heating.

Grand Union Canal, from Foxton in Leicestershire, set off on the ‘Artful Dodger’ on Monday 2 October for four nights, and pay £780, saving £260. The 60-feet narrowboat sleeps two to four people, with a comfortable double cabin and shower/wc at the back of the boat, and a large saloon in the bow. A modest damage waiver charge applies.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal, from Reedley in Lancashire, board ‘Marbled Wren’ on Friday 6 October for three nights, and pay just £576, saving £143. This smart narrowboat is only 47 feet long and perfect for a couple, with a double cabin aft (with TV), and a comfy sofa in the saloon. It’s pet-friendly at no extra charge and there’s even free WiFi.

“Autumn on the canals can be magical,” says Nigel, “with early morning mists rising off the water, plenty of birdlife to spot, quiet towpaths to walk along and canal-side pubs offering good beer, good food and a warm welcome.”

01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

Release written and distributed by Beacon PR: 01572 748 800

Waterways Holidays’ spokesman is managing director Nigel Richards: 01252 796400

 

Waterwaysholidays.com offers live availability on more than 1800 narrowboats, cruisers and sailing yachts operated by the UK’s leading boat operators and with more than 80 different start locations.  The website offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers. Boating holidays in France and Portugal also available.

September 14, 2017

Autumn Canal Breaks: Deals from Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays, the UK’s leading boating holidays agency, has a host of short break options – many of them discounted – this autumn.
“With all the comforts of home, including central heating or multi fuel stoves (or sometimes both), modern narrowboats are well equipped for cosy out of season breaks,” says Waterways Holidays’ managing director Nigel Richards.

Current offers for autumn short breaks include:

Shropshire Union Canal, from Middlewich in Cheshire, board ‘Ash’ for a three-night weekend starting Friday 29 September and pay £788, saving £337. This spacious 65-feet narrowboat has a double cabin and two singles, with a large saloon that offers easy chairs for relaxing, as well as a dining table and chairs for meals. ‘Ash’ has a traditional wood-burning stove in a corner of the saloon, as well as full central heating.

Grand Union Canal, from Foxton in Leicestershire, set off on the ‘Artful Dodger’ on Monday 2 October for four nights, and pay £780, saving £260. The 60-feet narrowboat sleeps two to four people, with a comfortable double cabin and shower/wc at the back of the boat, and a large saloon in the bow. A modest damage waiver charge applies.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal, from Reedley in Lancashire, board ‘Marbled Wren’ on Friday 6 October for three nights, and pay just £576, saving £143. This smart narrowboat is only 47 feet long and perfect for a couple, with a double cabin aft (with TV), and a comfy sofa in the saloon. It’s pet-friendly at no extra charge and there’s even free WiFi.

“Autumn on the canals can be magical,” says Nigel, “with early morning mists rising off the water, plenty of birdlife to spot, quiet towpaths to walk along and canal-side pubs offering good beer, good food and a warm welcome.”

01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

Release written and distributed by Beacon PR: 01572 748 800

Waterways Holidays’ spokesman is managing director Nigel Richards: 01252 796400

Waterwaysholidays.com offers live availability on more than 1800 narrowboats, cruisers and sailing yachts operated by the UK’s leading boat operators and with more than 80 different start locations.  The website offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers. Boating holidays in France and Portugal also available.

August 14, 2017

New Electric Cruiser for Greener Holidays Afloat

Silent EmblemIt’s not only Britain’s car industry that is going electric!  With the introduction of a new electric motor-cruiser, Waterways Holidays now offers six environmentally-friendly boats on the Norfolk Broads.

The brand new ‘Silent Emblem’ has just been launched at Horning and is one of the ‘greenest’ cruisers on the Broads. Its electric motor is not only kinder to this unique eco-system, but is virtually silent.

“Cruising in Silent Emblem offers a very special boating experience,” says Waterways Holidays’ managing director Nigel Richards, “without any engine noise, you can really tune in to the sounds of nature, from the wind in the reeds to the song of a warbler.”

The electric motor gives between four and five hours’ super-quiet running time, before the on-board generator cuts in and re-charges the batteries whilst running.  The boat also has an eco-friendly sealed tank system, which means no ‘grey water’ discharge into the Broads.

Silent Emblem’s unique design results in 36 square feet of living space and extra headroom. The aft cabin is big enough to walk around the double bed (luxury sprung mattress), the ensuite features a large shower and standard wc, while French-style doors at the back open onto a sun deck.

The kitchen area includes an induction hob, oven, steamer, microwave and fridge. There’s Freesat TV/DVD, a Radio/CD player and power points for plugging in guests’ equipment such as hairdryer, mobile or camera charger. The saloon has a dining table, and a corner-style sofa may be converted into sleeping accommodation for +1 if wished. There is LED lighting throughout and heating controlled by touch panels.  Dual-steering points, good sightlines and jet-thrusters for manoeuvring all make Silent Emblem easy to ‘drive’, even by novices.

Silent Emblem is a new sister boat to Whisper Emblem, which launched in 2016 and has almost identical features. A three-night weekend’s hire of Silent Emblem costs from £698 this autumn.

Larger parties looking for an eco-friendly way to cruise the Broads can book ‘Rhapsody’ which sleeps up to eight. This is one of three hybrid cruisers, with both electric motor and shore power hook-up.

01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

Release written and distributed by Beacon PR: 01572 748 800

Waterways Holidays’ spokesman is managing director Nigel Richards: 01252 796400

waterwaysholidays.com offers live availability on more than 1800 narrowboats, cruisers and sailing yachts operated by the UK’s leading boat operators and with more than 80 different start locations.  The website offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers. Boating holidays in France and Portugal also available.

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