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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,





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