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UK Narrowboat Holidays

 

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Hire a narrowboat to navigate the waterways of the UK

 

UK Waterways MapOver 4,700 miles of navigable waterways flow through the beautiful countryside and vibrant cities that Great Britain has to offer. Embark on a cruise to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life! Whether you are the Captain or simply a spectator, you’ll sail past some hidden treasures: rural countryside, pretty villages, waterside pubs, tranquil lanes, wild flowers and birds, towns, cities and historic treasures to visit. Whatever the age and nature of your party, a canal boat holiday offers something for everyone.

 

Choose your departure base

 

Llangollen Canal Bases

Llangollen CanalFrom a Cheshire (Class 1 Narrowboats) or North Wales (Class 2 Narrowboats) base, cruise the exquisite Llangollen canal which is famous for its legendary Pontcysyllte and Chirk aqueducts. Winding through the Great British countryside as it crosses the Welsh border, the Llangollen Canal is probably best known for its unrivalled beauty with views of castles, tunnels, locks, villages, pubs and, of course, the two magnificent World Heritage aqueducts. Towns along the way include medieval Whitchurch with its half-timbered buildings, the interesting market town of Ellesmere set in its own “Lake District”, the fortified border town of Chirk and Llangollen itself, sat astride the River Dee, an ancient gateway to Wales beneath the ruins of Castel Dinas Bran.

If you head north on the Shropshire Union Canal, you can visit Chester and Ellesmere Port. Chester is renowned for its heritage and attractions Pontcysyllte Aqueduct such as Chester Zoo and the Cathedral. If you head south on the Shropshire Union you can cruise down to Nantwich and Market Drayton.

The Four Counties Ring and the Cheshire Ring are great for experienced boaters who like a busy holiday, as some of the locks and bridges can be difficult to operate. Nevertheless, these are fabulous cruises through countryside and lively cities of Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and West Midlands.

Suggested routes:

  • Llangollen Canal
  • Caldon Canal
  • Macclesfield canal
  • Montgomery Canal
  • Shropshire Union Canal
  • Cheshire Ring
  • Four Counties Ring

Central England Base

Located about half-an-hour north of Birmingham, this base is ideal to explore Central England (Class 1 Narrowboats). For a very relaxing holiday, choose the Coventry Canal and head up onto the Ashby canal, for a lock free cruise. The Trent and Mersey Canal, one of the first to be built in the UK, offers industrial and rural views as well as a dark spooky experience at the Harecastle tunnel. From there, you can also take a ride on the recently restored Anderton Boat Lift, which is great fun for young and old! The Leicester Ring is highly recommended for experienced boaters and takes a very active action packed week to complete the circular route. Alternatively, if you like a mixture of rural and city landscapes, then the Black Country Ring is a great option. You can head into the centre of Birmingham, England’s second city where old meets new.

Coventry Canal & Ashby Canal

Suggested routes:

  • Caldon Canal
  • Coventry Canal
  • Ashby Canal
  • Trent & Mersey Canal
  • Black Country Ring
  • Leicester Ring
  • Warwickshire Ring
  • Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal
  • Birmingham & Fazeley Canal

Scottish Base

Falkirk Wheel - ScotlandThis base is located at the foot of the famous Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, the world’s first rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Cruise west on the Forth and Clyde Canal towards the centre of Glasgow, lively and cosmopolitan city, or head east onto the Union Canal, all the way to the heart of historical Edinburgh (Class 1 Narrowboats).

 

Suggested routes:

  • Forth & Clyde Canal
  • Union Canal

 

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Narrowboat - UK

 

Pick your narrowboat

 

These purpose built narrowboats have been designed for you, the valued customer. All are professionally fitted to the highest standard to provide both the comfort and accessories you expect.

 

Up to 4 passengers

Class 1M or 2S (2 permanent + 2 optional berths)

 

Double bed © Class 1M Living area © Class 1M Kitchen © Class 1M

 

 

 

 

 

  • 47’ x 6′ 3″ narrowboat
  • Headroom 6′ 3″ min.
  • 1 double bed + 1 optional double bed in lounge
  • 1 bathroom with shower, toilet & sink

NB: only available from the Llangollen bases

 

Class 1D or 2P (4 permanent berths)

 

Double Bed © Class 1D Rear Cabin set as twin © Class 1D Living area © Class 1D

 

 

 

 

 

  • 58’ x 6′ 3″ narrowboat
  • Headroom 6′ 3″ min.
  • 2 double beds
    or 1 double bed + 2 single beds
  • 1 bathroom with shower, toilet & sink

NB: available from the Llangollen and Scottish bases

 

Up to 6 passengers

Class 1K or 2C (4 permanent + 2 optional berths)

 

Living area © Class 1K Kitchen © Class 1K Full-size shower © Class 1K

 

 

 

 

 

  • 58’ x 6′ 3″ narrowboat
  • Headroom 6′ 3″ min.
  • 2 double beds + 1 optional double bed in lounge
    or 1 double bed + 2 single beds + 1 optional double bed in lounge
  • 2 bathroom areas with toilet and sink, 1 with shower

NB: available from the Llangollen, Central England and Scottish bases

 

Up to 8 passengers

Class 1S or 2Q (6 permanent + 2 optional berths)

 

Double Bed © Class 1S Kitchen © Class 1S Bathroom © Class 1S

 

 

 

 

 

  • 62’ x 6′ 3″ narrowboat
  • Headroom 6′ 3″ min.
  • 2 double beds + 2 single beds + 2 optional single beds in lounge
    or 1 double bed + 4 single beds + 2 optional single beds in lounge
  • 2 bathroom areas with toilet and sink, 1 with shower

NB: available from the Central England and Scottish bases

 

Class 1L or 2H (6 permanent + 2 optional berths)

 

Living area © Class 1L Bathroom © Class 1L Double Bed © Class 1L

 

 

 

 

 

  • 69’ x 6′ 3″ narrowboat
  • Headroom 6′ 3″ min.
  • 3 double beds + 1 optional double bed in lounge
    or 2 double beds + 2 single beds + 1 optional double bed in lounge
    or 1 double bed + 4 single beds + 1 optional double bed in lounge
    or 6 single beds + 1 optional double bed in lounge
  • 2 bathroom areas with toilet and sink, 1 with shower

NB: available from the Llangollen and Central England bases

 

Up to 10 passengers

Class 1H or 2K (8 permanent + 2 optional berths)

 

Living area © Class 1HDouble Bed © Class 1H  Rear Cabin Singles © Class 1H

 

 

 

 

 

  • 70’ x 6′ 3″ narrowboat
  • Headroom 6′ 3″ min.
  • 3 double beds + 2 single beds + 2 optional single beds in lounge
    or 2 double beds + 4 single beds + 2 optional single beds in lounge
  • 2 bathroom areas with toilet and sink, 1 with shower

NB: only available from the Llangollen bases

 

Features available on all narrowboats

  • Double glazed front windows
  • Full central heating
  • Double beds 6′ 3″ x 4″ with interior sprung mattresses
  • Full size shower
  • 140 gallon stainless steel water tank
  • 4 ring cooker, oven, grill
  • Electric Fridge with freezer compartment
  • Colour TV/DVD player
  • Radio/CD player
  • Cigar lighter plug point for mobile phones, camcorders
  • Macerator toilets to discrete tanks
  • Cruiser sterns

 

+ Available cruise duration: between 3 to 14 nights
+ Season: from March to December

 

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