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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,

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

October 9, 2017

Is the ‘Shroppie’ Britain’s Spookiest Canal?

Waterways Holidays, the UK’s leading boating holidays agency, reckons the Shropshire Union Canal is the most haunted in Britain, making a few days afloat a novel getaway for Halloween!

The canal runs for just over 66 miles from Ellesmere Port to Wolverhampton, winding through Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire countryside and market towns. Ghostly sightings are well-documented, and the southern stretch, where the canal passes through moss-covered cuttings, beneath looming embankments are particularly atmospheric!

Chester is the place to spot the ghost of a Roman Centurion guarding the old Northgate at the point where the canal was cut into the city’s moat. Near Market Drayton the ghost is heard rather than seen, with many stories in the canal community of a ‘shrieking spook’ at Betton Cutting. Sadly, a more ‘modern’ ghost has been spotted at Little Onn in Staffordshire, where an American pilot crashed his plane beside the canal.

At Tyrley Middle Lock, near Market Drayton, a friendly ghost is said to help out late-night boaters by pushing the lock gates shut after the narrowboat has passed through.  As cruising after dark is no longer permitted, the ghostly lock-keeper now has little work to do!

The ghastliest ghost is certainly the monkey-like beast – or man – who lurks around Bridge 39, a bridge constructed in 1832 close to Norbury Junction. The ‘monkey man’ is said to be the ghost of a drowned boatman, with one of the earliest documented sightings in 1879.

More recently, in the 1980s, a family on a narrowboat holiday was preparing lunch in the galley while dad stayed at the helm. When he steered the boat under Bridge 39 he looked up to see a “huge black hairy monkey” staring back at him! He shouted, but by the time the family came up on deck, the boat had passed through and there was nothing to see.

Waterways Holidays can suggest half a dozen different start points on the spooky Shroppie, with – for example – a four-night hire of a narrowboat called Python from Norbury starting 30 October costing as little as £645. The 56-feet long narrowboat can sleep up to six people at maximum occupancy and is equipped with everything needed for a self-catering break afloat. Except a ghost-buster!

01252 339023,


Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

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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.  The website offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers. Boating holidays in France and Portugal also available.




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