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September 13, 2018

Half Term on Britain’s Canals from £507 for a Family of 6

October half-term holidays are an opportunity to try a self-catering break with a difference: a modern family-friendly narrowboat on Britain’s canals, with prices from just £507 for a Monday to Friday break for up to six people!

That’s just one of hundreds of boating holiday options available at Waterwaysholidays.com, the one-stop shop and advice source for breaks on our inland waterways.

£507 is the hire charge for a Derwent or Medway class narrowboat for four nights starting Monday 15 October in the Heart of England (bases at Gailey and Rugby). That’s a saving of £273 on the original price.

The following week, starting Monday 22 October the same boats are £585 for a four-night break, saving £315.

These modern narrowboats have two separate cabins to sleep four in permanent berths, with convertible seating in the saloon to sleep two additional people (six in total).

Each has one full shower/wc and an additional separate wc, a sitting/dining saloon area and well-equipped kitchen. Like most narrowboats, they’re pet-friendly at no extra charge.

Hire fees include damage waiver charge, bedlinen and towels, car parking at the base while away, loan of buoyancy aids and helmsman’s waterproofs and – of course – a comprehensive hand-over with tuition so that families can set off with confidence! The only extra is fuel used during the trip: families should budget around £50 for this.

“With more than 2,000 miles of navigable canals across the UK, most people are within an hour or two’s drive of one of our start points,” says Waterways Holidays’ managing director Nigel Richards.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

September 12, 2018

Educational Breaks on Boats from Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays says a family weekend on a narrowboat is a living history experience for children, with waterside museums and educational attractions to visit.

“Learning how to operate locks and swing or lift bridges is part of the experience of a canal break,” says managing director Nigel Richards, “and some of the best museums in Britain are accessible from the towpath.”

The Canal and River Trust’s museum on the Grand Union Canal in the pretty village of Stoke Bruerne is an obvious choice. There’s a re-creation of a boat-builder’s workshop, working models of narrowboats, films bringing early C20th canals to life and craft displays. Open daily until November and weekends until Christmas. Family ticket £12. A weekend’s hire of ‘Gull’ from Gayton costs from £680 plus fuel.

In the north-west, the Anderton Boat Lift is a fantastic example of engineering, lifting boats from the Trent and Mersey Canal to the River Weaver 50 feet above (visitor centre free). Families can also discover the history of salt-making with a visit to the Lion Salt Works near Northwich, which has direct access from the towpath. Closed Mondays. Family ticket from £14.60.  A weekend’s hire of ‘Princess 4’ from Acton Bridge costs from £560 plus fuel this autumn.

Birmingham’s Gas Street canal basin is a great base for visiting family-friendly educational attractions including the National Sea Life Centre beside the canal (tickets from £13) and, only 10 minutes’ walk away, the city’s Museum and Art Gallery (free) where the Staffordshire Hoard is on display: the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found. A weekend’s hire of ‘Thrush’ from Alvechurch costs from £552 plus fuel.

Other educational canal-side visits include the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre in West Yorkshire and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Visitor Centre.

Quoted prices are based on a three-night weekend hire of a modern narrowboat sleeping four to six people.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

 

April 18, 2018

Canal Breaks discounted for May Bank Holiday Weekend

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop-online-shop for booking holidays on Britain’s inland waterways, is tempting couples and families with discounted breaks over the May Bank Holiday weekend with savings of up to £255 on normal hire rates.

“These Bank Holiday offers are brilliant, and a three-night break is a great way for first-timers to discover the beauty, tranquillity and history of the canals,” says managing director of Waterways Holidays, Nigel Richards.

For example, a Princess-class narrowboat based at Acton Bridge in Cheshire sleeps four to six people, and is now offered at £1020, saving £255, for a three-night weekend starting Saturday 5 May.  From its base on the Trent and Mersey Canal, an easy weekend break could include the lock-free Bridgewater Canal to the pretty market town of Lymm and leisurely meals at a canal-side pub in Sale Bridge.

At Ely on the River Ouse, a Duchess class boat sleeping up to four is £840, saving £209 on three nights’ hire starting Friday 4 May. Visit the magnificent cathedral before boarding Duchess and being introduced to the boat’s engine, steering and safety features. In a weekend, a quiet cruise to Cambridge is easy, passing through Wicken Fen en route. This wetland nature reserve has been managed by the National Trust since 1899.

And in Scotland, where boaters can see the awesome piece of canal engineering that is the Falkirk Wheel, a Lautrec Class boat sleeping four is offered at £900, saving £225. The Falkirk Wheel compensates for the differing heights of the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals , and raises and lowers boats between the two: an extraordinary experience at the start of a weekend’s cruise that can also take in ‘The Kelpies’ 30 metre high equine sculpture.

These boats all have central heating, well-equipped galley kitchens, dining/seating areas and modern shower rooms with flush wcs.  Everything need for self-catering is provided, including bed linen and towels.

All prices quoted include damage waiver charge, car parking while cruising, initial tuition at handover and loan of buoyancy aids. The only extra is fuel used during the weekend.

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

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