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September 3, 2018

September Canal Breaks Discounted by up to £445

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop shop for advice on, and booking of holidays on Britain’s inland waterways, has a host of offers for narrowboat hire in September and October with savings of up to £455 on a week’s hire.

That’s on Gull Class and Thrush Class narrowboats based at half a dozen different start points around the country. Each modern boat is about 66-feet long and can sleep up to six people, with two showers and wcs. The boats have a flexible mix of double and single berths, so that they are equally welcoming for couples, friends or families.

For example, Glaucous Gull is based at Anderton on the Trent and Mersey Canal close to Northwich in Cheshire. This is a great place to watch the fabulous work of engineering known as the Anderton Boat Lift, built in 1875 to transfer boats onto the River Weaver. Cruising options from here include the Trent and Mersey Canal and the Bridgwater Canal. A week’s hire starting 29 September is now £845 for six people, saving £455 on the original price.

The boat has everything needed for self-catering: a well-equipped galley kitchen, bed-linen and towels and a welcome pack. Buoyancy aids are provided, as is car parking at the base during the holiday, and damage waiver charge. The boat is pet-friendly too, with the first pet free and subsequent pets at £30 each. A detailed handover session means hirers can set off with confidence. Just pay for fuel as used during the week.

Similar boats in this promotion are based at Gayton on the Grand Union Canal, Worcester on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, Falkirk in Scotland, Gailey in Staffordshire and Hilperton on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

As well as seven-night hires, selected midweek breaks and three-night weekends on these boats are also discounted, with prices from £552, saving £298 on a weekend.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,

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

August 9, 2018

Bank Holiday Weekends afloat with Waterways Holidays

The long hot summer means bumper bookings for Waterways Holidays, the UK’s one-stop shop for boating holidays on Britain’s canals, rivers and the Norfolk Broads, but the company still has some great-value breaks for August Bank Holiday weekend.

On the canals, a narrowboat sleeping a family of four costs as little as £609 for a three-night hire period from Friday 24 August. That’s for the 50-feet long Sir Cador, a four-star boat based at Brewood on the Shropshire Union Canal.

The boat has a double and a twin cabin, everything needed for self-catering and it is pet-friendly at no extra charge. The handover session includes tuition, and buoyancy aids are included, as is damage waiver and fuel.

On the Norfolk Broads, Sonata 4 is a 25-feet modern motor cruiser which sleeps two in comfort, with a sundeck and cleverly-designed interior to provide kitchen and shower/wc facilities.

Three nights’ hire of Sonata 4 starting Friday 24 August is £480 to include bedding and linen, gas, a welcome pack, initial tuition and the loan of buoyancy aids (excludes damage waiver and fuel).

Alternatively, for a weekend on the Broads under sail, try Javelin 3, a modern Bermudan-rigged yacht based at Martham on the Broads. She can sleep up to four and comes complete with galley kitchen, wc, sleeping bags and fuel (excludes damage waiver). Bank holiday weekend hire is £397.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,  

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

July 25, 2018

A Boat on the Broads is the Perfect Staycation says Waterways Holidays

The Norfolk Broads – part of the National Park family – is within three hours’ drive of London, and with 125 miles of safe, lock-free open water to discover, it’s the perfect holiday destination this summer, according to boating holidays specialist Waterways Holidays.

“We offer nine start points across the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads,” says managing director Nigel Richards, “and more than 300 boats, both motor cruisers and sailing yachts.”

August prices start at just £965 for a week’s hire of a four-berth motor cruiser.

Motor cruisers are the most popular option, with larger boats having the space for shower rooms and double cabins. “We talk people through the benefits of different types of boats,” says Richards.

“There is something to suit every budget and party size, from easy-to-access forward-steering cruisers with few internal steps, to eco-friendly electric boats.”

Sailing yachts are also available, not only to competent sailors but – after some RYA-approved instruction – to novices. To cruise the Broads under sail is an experience unique to Norfolk.

Sailboats available range from modern models with back-up diesel engine, wc/shower and heating, to classic wooden cabin yachts including ‘Zoe’, first launched in 1896 and the only Victorian counter sterned yacht on the Broads available to hire.

Waterways Holidays list natural beauty, wildlife, fresh air, heritage and fun as the five main attractions of exploring the Broads by boat. Here is their top five things to do on or close to the water.

  1. The Broads Wildlife Centre at Ranworth Broad. This floating, thatched visitor centre is reached by boat or on foot. There’s a host of things to learn and to do, with boardwalks through reedbed and woodland habitats, and guided boat trips.
  2. Museum of the Broads. This volunteer-run museum at Stalham Staithe is packed with exhibits that tell the story of this amazing man-made water-scape.
  3. Bewilderwood. A must for those with young children, this woodland attraction includes tree-top walks, a maze, dens to build, storytelling and fantasy-style fun.
  4. Wroxham Barns. A short bus ride from Roy’s Stores in Wroxham to this award-winning craft centre with tea room, great shopping and kids’ activities.
  5. St Benet’s Abbey. In the care of Norfolk Archaeological Trust, little now remains of the area’s largest monastery. Arrive by boat, like the monks did in the 12th century and enjoy this beautiful ruin by the River Bure.

Boat and Price examples

Jazz is a four-berth motor cruiser, with a week’s hire in August from £965. There is a front sundeck, indoor and outdoor steering positions, heating, TV/DVD/Radio/CD player, a well-equipped galley kitchen, shower room with wc and basin.

Whisper Emblem is a 36-feet luxury four-berth cruiser which has a quiet electric motor, eco-wash hull and solar panels, making it one of the most eco-friendly boats on the Broads. It also has two showers/wcs and heating. From £1192 for a week’s peak season hire.

Tornado is a 27-feet long Bermuda-rigged modern sailing yacht with heating, wc and basin (public showers are available at many points around the Broads). Sailing instruction is available from £25 per hour. A week’s hire in August costs £850.

Zoe is a Gaff-rigged yacht ideal for a couple with previous sailing experience. Built in 1896, she now has a diesel engine and wc/basin to add to her traditional charms. Seven nights’ hire in August from just £571.

In almost all instances, Broads boat hire includes damage waiver, bed linen, loan of buoyancy aids and initial instruction at handover. Waterways Holidays will advise as to any other extras, eg fuel or car parking charges.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,

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,

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,




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