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July 5, 2018

Family Canal Holidays for Less: Save up to £254 with Waterways Holidays

Fantastic family holidays for less – that’s the offer from Waterways Holidays which is highlighting deals on selected narrowboat hire across the UK.

For example, seven-night holidays on ‘Princess 4’ class narrowboats at five different locations are now reduced to £1445 for seven-night holidays starting between 28 July and 24 August 2018. That represents a saving of £254 on the original price and is for a family of four to six people.

‘Princess 4’ narrowboats with the special offer are based across the Heart of England including Stoke Prior in Worcestershire, Acton Bridge in Cheshire, Napton on the Grand Union Canal in Warwickshire, plus the Peak District, and Falkirk in Scotland.

These boats are perfect for a family, 52-feet long, with two cabins sleeping four people, and the potential for two more if utilising the convertible seating in the saloon.

‘Princess 4’ boats are four-star rated and fully-equipped for self-catering, including bed-linen and towels, and even WiFi. Many boats are pet-friendly at no extra charge.

There’s also complimentary car parking while cruising, loan of buoyancy aids and of course a thorough induction before setting off. The only extra is fuel used while cruising: budget £12-£15 per day for this.

A week on a narrowboat is ideal for families, combining the freedom of a self-catering holiday with immediate access to the great outdoors: towpaths for children to walk, run or cycle, locks and swing bridges to open and fabulous wildlife to spot. Depending on the route taken – and Waterways Holidays can advise on all the options – there are canal-side pubs for meals out, and fascinating sights from Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum to the amazing Falkirk Wheel rotating boat lift.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

Price and availability correct at date of issue: terms and conditions apply.

July 5, 2018

Eight Top Family Holiday Destinations from Waterways Holidays

A week on the canals is the perfect all-in-one holiday for families says the UK’s top boating holiday company Waterways Holidays.  “A narrowboat is not only a floating holiday home, it is your mode of transport and sightseeing all wrapped into one great-value package,” says managing director Nigel Richards.

The company offers narrowboat hire across Britain’s 2,000+ miles of canals and recommends these destinations for family holidays afloat this summer.

  1. LLANGOLLEN CANAL Waterways Holidays offers seven start points between Llangollen and the junction with the Shropshire Union Canal. This is a wonderfully scenic canal, with the thrill of crossing the 126-feet high Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (UNESCO World Heritage site).
  1. THE HEART OF ENGLAND The Grand Union Canal is the ‘spine’ of the network, connecting London with Birmingham. Linking rivers like the Avon and Severn wander through Warwick and Stratford while canals enter the heart of Birmingham and Leicester. Choose from 12 start points on the Grand Union Canal itself, with many more across the Midlands.
  1. BATH This elegant city is a living history book for family sightseeing. Bath is packed with fascinating museums from the Roman Baths and No 1 Royal Crescent to the Jane Austen Centre. Moor in the city centre or 10 minutes’ walk away at Sydney Gardens. There are seven start points within easy reach of Bath.

 

  1. SCOTLAND Waterways Holidays suggests hiring from the base at the foot of the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift, which is the height of about eight double decker buses. Marvel at this feat of modern engineering, then cruise the Forth and Clyde Canal to see the Kelpies, or head towards Linlithgow.
  1. THE FENS Perhaps Britain’s least-known waterways. The Nene and Great Ouse rivers combine with navigable fens to bring boats into the heart of cathedral cities like Ely and Peterborough, sleepy Cambridgeshire villages and fascinating nature reserves. Start from Ely or March.
  1. RIVER WEY The river was made navigable as early as the 1630s, and today is managed by the National Trust, providing a green corridor through Surrey to connect with the Thames. Excellent choice of waterside pubs and restaurants. Start from Guildford, Send or Farncombe.
  1. THE PENNINES Three key waterways cross the northern hills. The Leeds and Liverpool, Rochdale and Huddersfield canals. Enjoy far-reaching moorland views then discover England’s industrial heritage in former mill towns. Four start points including Barnoldswick and Sowerby Bridge.
  1. THE BRECON BEACONS The Monmouth and Brecon canal is ideal for nature-lovers: spot red kites, kingfishers and herons. Its 36 miles are cut off from the rest of the canal network, with tranquil towpaths, few locks and lovely views, it is the ideal ‘first time’ canal, with three start points.

Family-friendly narrowboats come in all sizes, from compact four-berths to 60+ feet long boats sleeping up to 12.

Many are pet friendly at no extra charge, and all are equipped with everything needed for a self-catering holiday afloat. Initial tuition is always provided, along with the loan of buoyancy aids.

A peak summer week for a family of up to six people, in a Princess 4 class narrowboat available from a variety of locations, starts at £1360. Price and availability correct at date of issue: terms and conditions apply.

Further information and advice from Waterways Holidays on 01252 339023, www.waterwaysholidays.com

May 31, 2018

Loveboats: self-steer UK cruises just for two!

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop-online-shop for holidays on Britain’s inland waterways, is highlighting canal boats just for two: perfect for a romantic break or even a honeymoon with a difference!

In the country, a tranquil towpath mooring is easy to find, while canals also run through the heart of elegant towns like Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Chester.

“We have a great choice of boats suited for a couple looking to enjoy quality time in the country or city, with stunning scenery or historic sights, canal-side pubs and romantic walks,” says Nigel Richards, managing director of Waterways Holidays.

Couple-friendly boats available from Waterways Holidays include:

  • Casanova is aptly named! The 45-feet long boat has a romantic cabin with TV and luxurious king-sized bed, plus a welcome pack including wine and the option to have a supermarket shop delivered in advance. Based at Nantwich on the Middlewich arm of the Shropshire Union canal, there is a choice of cruising routes, with three-night weekends from £1007.
  • Bath2, based at pretty Bradford-on-Avon, an easy cruise from Georgian Bath. This 47-feet boat is cosy with double bed, two armchairs and folding table and chairs for indoor or outdoor dining. Three-night weekends start at £519.
  • Cheviot is a very traditional boat: colourful paintwork, a multi-fuel stove and a comfy sofa that pulls out to create the double bed, and a covered bow for indoor/outdoor living. This tiny boat – only 35 feet – based at Braunston on the Warwickshire/Northants border offers a classic, budget option with weekends from only £645.
  • Oxford is based at Sowerby Bridge in the heart of the Pennines. Honeymooners are welcomed with a bottle of champagne, and this comfy 42-feet long boat has a double bed and plenty of space, with armchairs in the saloon and a bath (with shower over) in the bathroom. Three nights’ hire starts at £685.

In all cases above, hire charges are fully-inclusive of damage waiver, fuel, use of buoyancy aids, initial tuition and car parking while cruising.

“A boating holiday makes an ideal romantic getaway. We’re also increasingly helping customers plan and book their perfect honeymoon, and with many boats being pet friendly, your four legged best friend is welcome too,” says Nigel.

 

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

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 Portuga

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.
—ENDS—

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.

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