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October 25, 2018

Cosy on The Cut: Canal Breaks with Waterways Holidays

Britain’s canals have had a busy summer – the best-ever for narrowboat hire according to Waterways Holidays – but The Cut* is open all year and so are many boat bases across the country.

“Year-round hire boats have modern radiators and central heating,” says Waterways Holidays managing director Nigel Richards, “and quite a few also have a little stove in the seating area – the saloon – which is a cosy focal point on autumn and winter evenings.”

For example, ‘Bridie Bear’ is a welcoming narrowboat based at Riley Green on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Lancashire. She’s 57-feet long and well-equipped for two couples or a family of four. As well as central heating and a log-burning stove in the spacious saloon, guests also find a welcome hamper of local and Fair Trade produce.

Pet friendly at no extra cost, three or four-night November breaks on Bridie Bear cost from just £441 to include fuel, bed linen, loan of buoyancy aids, car parking at base and initial tuition. A refundable security deposit is required.

At pretty Bradford on Avon, with the city of Bath to the west, and the Kennet and Avon canal to the east, ‘Simone’ is newly refitted for 2018 and equipped with the best of old and new: a wood-burning stove as well as central heating, a clever galley kitchen with hob, oven and microwave, plus a smart shower/wc. The boat sleeps two or, using convertible seating in the saloon, four. November short breaks start at £695 plus damage waiver.

And for a couple looking to step back in time to the heyday of The Cut, Hector, based at Harborough Magna, is entirely heated by its old-style stove (no radiators) with a little side-oven perfect for baking potatoes, and hot plate for making hot drinks. There’s a modern oven and hob too! From £464 per couple for short breaks in November.

See November availability for hire boats with cosy stoves here:

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,

* The Cut is an alternative name for a canal because it was literally cut into the landscape by labourers.


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.

June 13, 2016

Cruise the Canals with Waterways Holidays and save £££s

Britain’s leading boating holidays agency, Waterways Holidays, is highlighting week-long cruises around leafy Warwickshire with discounts of 20% on family holidays in July and August if booked by 30 June.

“During a seven-night canal cruise through some of England’s most beautiful countryside, families can stop off to visit impressive Warwick Castle – well worth a full day’s visit – and tackle the impressive Hatton Flight of 21 locks which is a real boating experience,” says managing director Nigel Richards.

As an example of price, a peak August week’s rental of ‘Pulteney’ from Stockton on the Grand Union Canal, costs £920 (saving £230). The 48-feet long narrowboat is easy to handle and ideal for a small family, with a double cabin for Mum and Dad and two single berths for the children.

The hire price includes a complete ‘inventory’ of self-catering equipment, bedding and bed-linen, buoyancy aids, damage waiver, car parking at the base and of course, initial tuition. Pay for fuel as used during the week. Bring the family dog along at no extra charge.

Larger boats, capable of accommodating two families, include the 10-berth ‘Lancaster’, which costs £1400, saving £350, for a week in August.

Other Midland start points with discounted canal boat hire for family holidays are Great Haywood, Tardebigge and Wootton Wawen.

The 20% discount is offered on short break and week-long holidays this summer for families with children aged 16 and under, when booked by 30 June.
01252 339023,


August 26, 2015

Britain’s Easiest Canal for First-Time Boating Breaks

Canal boat holidays have never been more popular, but for novices, the idea of getting to grips with a 70-feet long boat in front of an audience can be off-putting. So Waterways Holidays, the UK’s one-stop booking agency for canal boat hire, suggests the lock-free Ashby Canal as the perfect ‘learners’ canal.

“The Ashby Canal offers 22 miles of tranquil Leicestershire countryside without a single lock,” says managing director Nigel Richards, “which makes learning to steer a narrowboat a doddle and, as it is a cul-de-sac, connected to the rest of the canal network only at the southern end, this is one of the most peaceful canals in Britain.”

The reed-fringed canal meanders through fields rich in wildlife, with herons and kingfishers a common sight. The landscape is little changed – apart from the hedges that now enclose the fields – since the Battle of Bosworth was fought here more than 500 years ago.

The Bosworth Visitor Centre is within 20 minutes’ stroll from the canal and Leicester’s Richard III attractions are only 15 miles away, making a visit to the city enroute a great idea.

The battle site itself is close to the village of Stoke Golding, which is where first-time boaters park their cars and receive initial tuition before chugging quietly away – careful not to break the canal’s speed limit of four miles an hour!

Narrowboats available to hire on the Ashby Canal include 62-feet long ‘Willoughby’ which sleeps up to six people, with an ingeniously-designed interior that includes flushing wcs and shower as well as a bright open-plan kitchen, eating and sitting area. A three-night weekend (or four-night mid-week) break costs from £643 this autumn, with a full week from £918, and those prices are fully-inclusive of fuel, damage waiver, bed linen, buoyancy aids and everything necessary for self-catering.

Waterways Holidays’ website has further information for first-timers, including a video of a typical narrowboat holiday, the answers to frequently asked questions, and offers an online chat facility as well as telephone advice.

01252 339023

June 6, 2013

Narrowboat hire for groups and large parties

Three budget 65ft narrowboats – each with 12 single beds and ideal for team building and other large parties such as Scout groups and celebratory parties – are available for hire from the base at Rugby courtesy of specialist boating holiday agency, Waterways Holidays.

‘Grebe’, ‘Tern’ and ‘Moorhen’ each feature a spacious galley with plenty of work surfaces and shelves, an open plan saloon with ample seating and table space for the whole party and a large forward well deck.

Situated on the rural North Oxford Canal, the Rugby base offers a choice of cruising routes along the North Oxford, Ashby, Grand Union or South Oxford Canals.

Over a weekend, for example, a group could cruise up the North Oxford Canal and enjoy a city break to Coventry – around a seven hour lock free cruise from the base – and moor at the recently developed Coventry Basin which is located in the heart of the city.

Three nights’ weekend hire – or four nights’ midweek – cost from £750 inclusive of damage waiver, diesel, two bottles of gas, car parking and tuition on arrival.  Weekly hire is also available and costs from £1040. offers live availability on more than 1600 narrowboats, cruisers and sailing yachts operated by the UK’s leading boat operators and with more than 80 different start locations.  The new website also offers lots of advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers.

For more information on narrowboat short breaks and holidays call 01252 339023 or take a look at the website





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