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April 4, 2019

Save up to £630 on Easter Boating Deals

Britain’s inland waterways make for a brilliant Easter break, and has dozens of last-minute offers – and advice – for couples, friends or families looking to try a holiday afloat.

For example, a week’s hire from 13 April of Princess 4403 from her base on the edge of the beautiful Peak District is discounted by £630. This superb narrowboat offers comfortable accommodation for four to six people for just £945 to include damage waiver, loan of buoyancy aids, initial tuition and everything needed for self-catering, including heating. The only extra is fuel used during the holiday.

And at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, Piping Plover is another modern narrowboat with flexible accommodation for four to five people. This cosy boat is available for three nights from Good Friday 19 April at £784, reduced from £979 and saving £195.

The fabulous Norfolk Broads are another option, with a choice of modern motor cruisers and sailing yachts taking to the water this Easter.

As an example, the cruiser Aqua Emblem has two cabins to sleep four in comfort, with heating and two showers/wcs. She’s based at Horning on the northern Broads, perfectly placed for exploring this amazing waterland. A three-night break starting Good Friday 19 April was £792, but is now £555, saving £237. Everything is included in this package, including a tank of fuel.

The team at Waterways Holidays offers telephone and online advice for first-time boaters. The company is a one-stop-shop for availability on more than 1,800 boats and over 80 different start points across Britain’s 3,000 miles of canals and other inland waterways.


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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.

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March 4, 2019

UK Canals welcome New Hire Boats for 2019

Waterways Holidays, the one-stop shop for UK canal holidays, is forecasting a great year ahead, with nearly 40 new narrowboats being added to the 1800 already available to hire at

“The amazing summer last year drove demand for holidays afloat,” says managing director Nigel Richards, “and has given operators the confidence to expand their fleets.”

New narrowboats available to hire through Waterways Holidays include:

Purbeck – A neat 48-feet boat fitted out to a high standard for a couple. The spacious saloon area features comfortable armchairs, the ensuite shower room comes complete with toiletries, and the shiny new galley has everything needed for self-catering. WiFi, TV/DVD/Radio/CD, hairdryer and USB/phone charging points are all provided. Based at Braunston on the Grand Union Canal, a seven-night holiday starts at £820.

York – The perfect boat for families or two couples this two-cabin boat has flexible single/double berths and can sleep +2 children on saloon seats. Like all modern boats York comes with radiators for heating and ‘all mod cons’. It is based at Sowerby Bridge on the Rochdale Canal/Calder and Hebble Navigation in the Pennines. Hire is fully-inclusive of fuel, damage waiver etc, and the boat is pet-friendly at no extra charge, from £1000 for seven nights.

Aurora – For large parties, this 70-feet boat has four cabins (mix of double and twin berths) to sleep eight adults in comfort with +2 children feasible on convertible saloon seating. It is the perfect boat for couples spending the weekend on the South Oxford Canal, cruising from Napton. There are two shower/wc rooms and a superb galley. A three-night weekend for eight to ten people costs from £1414.

All boats are provided with buoyancy aids. Prices/availability correct at date of issue.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,



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,


November 13, 2018

Save up to 25% on 2019 Canal Holidays: Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays has put 2019 canal holidays on sale with a variety of Early Booking Offers saving up to £549 on a family holiday next summer.

As an example, for bookings made by 30 November, a week’s hire of Duck Class narrowboats at locations around the UK are discounted by 25% for July and August holidays, and by 20% for all other dates.

As an example, ‘Tufted Duck’ is a beautiful boat based at Reedly in Lancashire, sleeping four to six people. A week in the Easter holidays starting 12 April costs £1120, saving £279, with a peak August week reduced to £1650, saving £549.

Flexible double/singe berths make ‘Tufted Duck’ an ideal boat for families and the modern fit-out includes two shower/wcs as well as a smart galley kitchen and good-sized ‘saloon’ or living area. The hire price includes bed linen and towels, damage waiver fee, car parking at base, loan of buoyancy aids and initial tuition. Take a pet for free and pay for fuel as used. Based on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, cruising routes include Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales in one direction, or through Lancashire to Wigan.

Other current Early Booking Offers include 20% off all hire – both full week and short breaks when booked by 31 December – of Raki Raki, a 69-feet long boat based at Poynton in Cheshire. Perfect for large parties or even two families, she has three permanent cabins to sleep eight, with +2 on convertible seating. An Easter holiday break starting 12 April 2019 is reduced to £1408, saving £352, and a peak August week is reduced to £1891, saving £472. Raki Raki hire is fully-inclusive.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,


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.





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