We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

You don't have to travel to some far-flung, exotic destination to see some amazing sights. The beauty and history of England and Wales is all waiting right on your doorstep, ready to be discovered, and a boating holiday is the perfect way to do it.

A family taking a boat holiday on the Grand Union Canal A boat holiday on the Grand Union Canal

Life definitely switches down a gear on a canal holiday. Ambling along at an average speed of around 4mph, you won't exactly be making waves! Arguably that's one of the best parts about taking a journey on a boat - you get to explore every inch of your route in detail. You get to dig out the hidden and long-forgotten roots of Britain, and reveal a gateway into a different world.

We love our canals and rivers so we obviously think they're great holiday destinations. We're not the only ones though - visit the Association of Pleasure Craft Operators website to get the view from some of those supplying a little piece of floating paradise.

Last date edited: 8 July 2015