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March 14, 2019

Easter Deals on UK Canals: Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop shop for UK canal holidays, has a raft of savings – up to £569 – on narrowboat hire from a range of start points across the UK.

“Easter marks the start of the busy hire season on Britain’s canals,” says managing director Nigel Richards, “and there are some fantastic deals on weekends, midweek breaks and full weeks to suit all school holiday dates”.

With discounts, a week’s hire of a narrowboat starts at under £1000, with Oscar 2 on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal now £850 for seven nights from 13 or 20 April (saving £149), while Snowdrop on the Grand Union Canal is £950 (saving £105) for seven nights from 13 or 20 April and Firefly on the North Oxford Canal is now £995 (saving £320) for a week starting 6, 13 or 20 April.

The boats above sleep up to four and, as with all craft offered by Waterways Holidays, are fully-equipped for self-catering.

The biggest savings are on Princess Class boats based at Bradford upon Avon on the Kennet and Avon Canal, at Chirk in north Wales, in the Peak District and at Acton Bridge in Cheshire. Seven nights hire starting 13 April is now £1330, saving £569 for a four-star narrowboat with flexible accommodation for families of up to six people.

For holidays starting Easter Saturday, offers include Duchess Class boats based at in Worcestershire or the Peak District, with seven nights from 20 April reduced by £279 to £1120.

Prices/availability correct at date of issue. Please refer to individual hire descriptions for details of what is included in the price.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,


March 4, 2019

UK Canals welcome New Hire Boats for 2019

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop shop for UK canal holidays, is forecasting a great year ahead, with nearly 40 new narrowboats being added to the 1800 already available to hire at

“The amazing summer last year drove demand for holidays afloat,” says managing director Nigel Richards, “and has given operators the confidence to expand their fleets.”

New narrowboats available to hire through Waterways Holidays include:

Purbeck – A neat 48-feet boat fitted out to a high standard for a couple. The spacious saloon area features comfortable armchairs, the ensuite shower room comes complete with toiletries, and the shiny new galley has everything needed for self-catering. WiFi, TV/DVD/Radio/CD, hairdryer and USB/phone charging points are all provided. Based at Braunston on the Grand Union Canal, a seven-night holiday starts at £820.

York – The perfect boat for families or two couples this two-cabin boat has flexible single/double berths and can sleep +2 children on saloon seats. Like all modern boats York comes with radiators for heating and ‘all mod cons’. It is based at Sowerby Bridge on the Rochdale Canal/Calder and Hebble Navigation in the Pennines. Hire is fully-inclusive of fuel, damage waiver etc, and the boat is pet-friendly at no extra charge, from £1000 for seven nights.

Aurora – For large parties, this 70-feet boat has four cabins (mix of double and twin berths) to sleep eight adults in comfort with +2 children feasible on convertible saloon seating. It is the perfect boat for couples spending the weekend on the South Oxford Canal, cruising from Napton. There are two shower/wc rooms and a superb galley. A three-night weekend for eight to ten people costs from £1414.

All boats are provided with buoyancy aids. Prices/availability correct at date of issue.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,



February 11, 2019

Make the most of Easter/May Bank Holidays with a BIG Canal Cruise!

The late Easter followed by the May Day Bank Holiday means a fourteen or seventeen-night holiday requires as few as nine days’ annual leave AND allows travellers to discover one of Britain’s unique canal ‘Rings’.

“The Rings combine different canals and rivers to make a circular route that offers an ever-changing landscape,” explains Nigel Richards, managing director of the UK’s premier boating holidays company Waterways Holidays.

“We can arrange 17-night holidays starting Good Friday 19 April which end on 6 May and include three Bank Holidays, taking up just nine days of holiday entitlement,” says Nigel, “while 14-night hires starting Easter Saturday also make for a great Spring holiday.”

The company’s top three Canal Rings are:

Avon Ring – A Ring of two halves: not only canals but the Rivers Avon and Severn. Two weeks allows time to discover the cathedral city of Worcester, historic Tewkesbury and Shakespeare’s Stratford as well as the orchards of the Vale of Evesham. Some of the route is lock-free, though the Tardebigge Flight is an energetic 36 lock ‘staircase’. A four-berth narrowboat such as ‘Teddington’ may be hired from Wootton Wawen: 17 nights’ hire in this period is £2210, plus fuel.

Leicester Ring – A varied waterscape of narrow and wide canals and rivers including the mighty Grand Union Canal. See Richard III’s tomb in Leicester Cathedral, visit Rugby and Burton-on-Trent. Exciting canal features include Foxton Locks, aqueducts over the Dove River and Braunston Tunnel. For two families or a group of friends, the eight-berth ‘Wenlock 8’ is based at Braunston: 17 nights hire is £2966, including the first tank of diesel.

South Pennine Ring – The rugged Pennine hills offer wonderful views, former mill towns like Hebden Bridge and Todmorden contrast with the big city buzz of Manchester. This is an energetic route with lots of locks plus the world’s longest canal tunnel, the Standedge Tunnel, where boats are towed in convoy! A two-berth boat like ‘Oxford’ based at Sowerby Bridge is £2089 for 17 nights’ hire to include the first tank of fuel.

All prices/availability correct at date of issue.


Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,


January 16, 2019

Waterways Holidays to offer Dutch Canals & Rivers for first time

Better-known for boating holidays in the UK, Waterways Holidays is adding The Netherlands to its overseas programme for 2019.

The company has chosen to partner with a base in the heart of Holland, at Kerkdriel on the River Maas (also called the Meuse), which offers a wide range of cruising routes, including north to Amsterdam and south to Maastricht.

“We are delighted to offer boating holidays in The Netherlands, as well as hire in France and Portugal,” says managing director Nigel Richards. “Say ‘Holland’ and you immediately think of canals; these connect with Holland’s river network to offer outstanding cruising options, and compared to Britain’s canals, Holland’s low-lying waterways have few locks, and the characteristic ‘drawbridges’ are fun to operate.”

Waterways Holidays is offering seven-night hires on modern four- and five-star cabin cruisers in different sizes to suit couples, families and groups of friends.

The company can suggest interesting routes taking in historic towns such Gorinchem, Gouda and Willemstad, as well as exciting Amsterdam. To the south, destinations include Den Bosch (also known as Bois le Duc) and Maastricht, which may be reached on a two-week holiday.

As well as sightseeing, the extensive waterways offer inland beaches, nature reserves and wetlands to discover. Wild swimming, fishing, riverside walks and bike rides are all options during a summer holiday.

No previous boating experience is needed: all guests receive a thorough introduction to their cruiser before setting off from the Kerkdriel base, which is set on an attractive marina with good facilities, including restaurants.

All boats are beautifully-presented with smart interiors, panoramic windows, a rear terrace with table and chairs for outdoor meals, a ladder for easy swimming from the boat (and a deck shower), additional seating on the top deck, indoor and outdoor steering positions, plus warm air heating, a cleverly-designed galley kitchen and electric shower(s) and toilet(s).

All hires include a thorough induction, all fuel used during the holiday, bed linen and towels, two bicycles for holiday use and a map of the country’s waterways.

Car parking at base for those driving to Holland, WiFi, additional bicycles and a portable BBQ are all optional extras. Pets are also welcome at additional charge (ie dogs with a Pet Passport).


A week’s hire in April of a ‘Duo’ cruiser with double bed, making it ideal for a couple (with potential for +2 children on convertible seating in the saloon), starts at £1334, saving £282 with Waterways Holidays’ January Flash Sale (which ends 27 January).

For families or friends on holiday together, a 13.5 metre ‘Sixto’ provides three cabins to sleep six people in comfort, with two shower/wcs and the potential for two additional guests on convertible seating. A week’s hire in summer peak is £3482, saving £717 if booked before 27 January.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,


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

Boating holidays in Holland, Portugal and France are available.

The website (and office team) offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers.

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,





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