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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,


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,

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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.  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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