Canals & Rivers
The Magic Of Canals and canal holidays, canal boats and canal boat hire on the waterways of England and Wales
A canal holiday on Britain’s Inland Waterways is a civilised adventure; civilized because you carry all your home comforts with you; and an adventure because around every bend there is something new and surprising to discover and enjoy with your family and friends.
First time boaters are given a friendly welcome by everybody on the canal.
But you won’t be inexperienced for very long, for within a short time you will be gliding serenely around the first bend into a whole new and different world.
The specially designed canal boat is easy to handle and of course, everything happens at a relaxed pace. You will be given all the instruction you need by the holiday company and will soon head off on your very own adventure like a seasoned boater. Your boat will be fully equipped with every modern amenity, so self-catering becomes a pleasure, but there are also many canalside pubs, once essential ‘staging posts’ for the working boats of the last century, which are now popular watering holes for holiday boaters; and most offer great food at reasonable prices.
Most visitors appreciate the independence, the peace and tranquility of ‘getting away from it all’. You can choose between the challenge of some of the densely locked stretches of canal – quite astounding feats of engineering – or choose lazy days drifting along the many stretches with very few locks. The canals and rivers go through the heart of the cities as well as through open countryside, and your boat can be a mobile base for exploring the history of our great trading routes, or for the diverse entertainment you will find in our largest city centres.