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March 28, 2018

New Narrowboats to Hire through Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop-online-shop for booking holidays on Britain’s inland waterways, will be offering as many as 12 brand-new boats for summer 2018, with the first completed boat launching in time for Easter.

Lily is a 66-feet long narrowboat that combines modern comforts with heritage features. She is based at Trevor on the beautiful Llangollen Canal in north Wales, and sleeps four people.

The exterior features traditional paintwork, portholes as well as modern windows, hatches next to the dining table for ‘open air’ eating and a traditional ‘cratch’ (removable awning) over the fore deck for a sheltered seating area.

Inside, two shower rooms and two wcs mean the two sleeping areas are virtually ensuite (there’s a fixed double bed and another cabin area which may be used either as a double or two singles). Radiators provide central heating and a cosy solid fuel stove adds a focal point in the saloon.

LED ceiling lights make it bright, but Victorian-style wall-lights add atmosphere. The galley kitchen features a Belfast sink and Victorian style taps, but also boasts a modern gas hob, oven and grill, fridge, microwave and everything needed to self-cater. Other features include WiFi and flat-screen TV/DVD.

Lily is pet-friendly, with the first one free of charge, and a second welcome at a small supplement. Bedding, linen, towels and buoyancy aids are all included in the hire price, as is car parking while you cruise and initial tuition.

Budget for a £50 damage waiver fee (to cover accidental damage to the boat) to hire charges that start from £740 for a three night break, and from £1060 for a week. Pay for fuel as used.

From her base at Trevor guests can explore the Vale of Llangollen on a cruise that could include the famous ‘stream in the sky’ otherwise known as the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

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.

February 26, 2018

Visit Birmingham and Cadbury World by Narrowboat

Waterways Holidays’ top tip for families this Easter is to hire a narrowboat from one of their Warwickshire hire bases to visit Birmingham’s family-friendly sights.

Canal bases at Tardebigge and Alvechurch are both on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, making Birmingham a great short break for first-time boaters.

Family-orientated attractions with special Easter events include Cadbury World, where, in addition to its regular chocolate-themed sights and tours, the Easter weekend includes multiple performances of two child-friendly stage shows: Partytime with Freddo, and Story Time with the Caramel Bunny. Family tickets start at £51.

Cadbury World is a short hop by bus or train from the canal boat moorings in the famous Gas Street Basin, at the heart of a historic complex offering great cafes, restaurants and shops.  This is a great spot from which to visit the city sights, from its amazing Library to the National Sea Life Centre. On the return journey, the canal also passes close to the famous Botanical Gardens.

A three-night weekend break from Tardebigge, boarding ‘Rowan 4’ on Friday 30 March, costs as little as £640 for a family of four. This 48-feet long narrowboat has central heating, a double cabin for mum and dad and comfortable seats in the saloon which convert to two single beds for children.

The shower room has flush wc, and the galley kitchen is well-equipped for self-catering, from the hob, grill and oven to microwave and fridge. TV/DVD, CD/Radio and WiFi complete the package.  The boat is dog-friendly too, with no charge for one pet.  Car parking at base, damage waiver, initial tuition and loan of buoyancy aids is all included in this price: just pay for fuel as used.

Rowan 4 is just one of hundreds of narrowboats available for Easter breaks from over 80 different start points across the UK.

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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.

January 22, 2018

Waterways Holidays expands choice of Classic Boats

Waterways Holidays is adding a beautifully restored wooden cruiser to its line-up of classic boats for 2018, making www.waterwaysholidays.com a one-stop shop for classic boat hire on Britain’s inland waterways.

The company now offers 50 different classic boats for holidays afloat, ranging from the 1897 Broads sailing yacht Zoe to the newly-refurbished Thames motor cruiser Claudette.

Claudette is a 1965-built 30 feet cruiser with a polished mahogany and oak interior, a retracting roof for sunny days and accommodation for two to five people. Following its refurbishment this winter it will be available to hire from the Oxfordshire village of Benson.

Claudette’s vintage charms are being updated to include a reversing camera and bow-thruster technology for easier manoeuvring.  While the boat is easy enough to manage, Waterways Holidays recommends previous experience of Britain’s waterways.

“It is 110 years since The Wind in the Willows was published,” says Nigel Richards, the company’s managing director.

“Kenneth Grahame spent his childhood beside – and often on – the Thames,” says Nigel, “and it is clearly Grahame’s voice as Ratty telling Mole ‘there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats’.”

A week’s hire of Claudette this season starts at £870, including initial damage waiver fee, tuition, buoyancy aids and car parking at the base during the holiday.  Just pay for fuel as used.

The diesel-powered boat also has warm air heating, a refitted galley and large shower and wc. A rear cabin has two single beds, which may be turned into a pull-out double and extra single, while the comfortable saloon can accommodate +2 by converting the seating. 21st century features include TV/DVD, DAB Radio/CD player, USB ports and quadrophic speakers.

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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.

 

December 21, 2017

Coventry by Canal Boat with Waterways Holidays

The spotlight is on Coventry, Britain’s City of Culture in 2021, and a rewarding weekend destination right now, according to Waterways Holidays, which suggests hiring a narrowboat to gain an extra appreciation of the city’s contribution to our industrial heritage.

Coventry Canal Basin is at the head of the Coventry Canal, built in 1769 by famous engineer James Brindley. It connects with the Trent & Mersey, North Oxford, Ashby and the Birmingham and Fazeley canals, and played a vital role in getting goods from Birmingham to London for almost 200 years.

The Canal Basin survived the WW2 bombing, and today the Listed buildings around the Basin are full of cafes, restaurants and independent shops, making it a great base for a weekend. From here, it is only a six minute walk to the excellent Coventry Transport Museum and 12 minutes to the Cathedral – both the evocative ruins and the glorious new building.

An afternoon’s exploration along the Coventry Canal, perhaps branching off onto the North Oxford Canal, gives a sense of the city’s location in the heart of England, where quiet towpaths and canal-side pubs are waiting to be discovered.

In Spring 2018, a three-night rental of Dove Valley, a 58-feet long narrowboat, costs from £660 fully-inclusive of fuel, parking at base, instruction, loan of buoyancy aids and damage waiver. There’s also a welcome pack of essentials, including a bottle of wine.

Centrally-heated, and fully-equipped for self-catering, there are two cabins and two bathrooms (one shower) to comfortably accommodate two couples or a family, with convertible seating in the saloon for ‘plus two’.

 

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.

December 13, 2017

Waterways Holidays answers First-timers FAQs

Waterways Holidays, the UK’s leading boating holidays agency, has answered the questions it is most often asked in a blog post titled Newbie’s Guide to Boating

Waterways Holidays introduced over 16,000 ‘newbies’ to boating holidays in 2017.  The company credits TV programmes like ‘Great Canal Journeys’ and ‘Celebrity Carry On Barging’ for bringing holidays afloat to a new audience, and predicts further growth for 2018.

“We speak to many people planning their first boating holiday on Britain’s waterways, and as a team of experienced boaters ourselves, we know the answers to pretty much all the questions a newcomer may have. We can also add guidance on the most suitable choice of location to match our customers’ holiday aspirations.”

The most common questions – and the answers – are:

  1. Do I need previous experience? No: full training is always given on arrival.
  2. How many people can a boat accommodate? Narrowboats sleep a maximum of 12 people.
  3. Can I bring a pet? Dogs are welcome on the majority of boats. Other pets may also be accepted. “We have even had a tortoise, and a duck!” says Nigel.
  4. How long is a narrowboat? Boat length ranges from 32-70 feet. We usually recommend sticking to 60ft for your first hire.
  5. What about home comforts? Radiator central heating, a TV/DVD player, and WiFi can be found on many boats.
  6. What about self-catering? A full kitchen has an oven, hob and grill, along with all the cutlery and crockery needed.
  7. What about power? A lot of boats will have 240 volt electricity supply, so mobile phones can be charged using a regular three-pin socket. Other boats have a 12 volt system, or USB charger point.
  8. What about showers and loos? Bathrooms contain a toilet, shower and sink.
  9. How fast does a boat go? The maximum speed is 4mph, but it is polite to slow down when passing moored boats.
  10. What is it like? Boating is all about slowing down, so take your time, relax and enjoy the experience.

Narrowboat hire in 2018 through Waterways Holidays starts at £355 for a three-night weekend.

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.

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