Nine reasons to take a boating holiday this year

We support a thriving community of boaters who work, live and relax along our canals and rivers. People love spending time with us because it’s calming, the pace of life is slower and you feel happier and healthier by the water. Are you ready to take the most relaxing holiday you’ll have ever have?

A family enjoying a boat holiday Enjoying a boat holiday

It’s the fastest way to slow down. With speed limits of 4mph and hundreds of miles of tranquil unspoilt countryside to cruise through, stress levels are reduced and a whole new much steadier pace of life takes over.

Get a taste of freedom. The majority of our inland waterways offer boating holiday-makers free moorings, so you’re are free to choose where they stop for the night.

Use your muscles. Working locks, exploring local footpaths, historic sites, towns and villages, cycling the towpaths and standing at the tiller enjoying the fresh air are all the ideal antidote to stuffy gyms and office blues.

It’s a greener way. A boating holiday is estimated to be some 20 times better for the planet than spending two hours flying for a holiday overseas and as soon as you swap your car for a boat, you’ll be using a third of the fuel and emitting a sixth of the pollution.

A pub is never far away. There are hundreds of waterside pubs alongside our canals and rivers ready to welcome you after a day of boating.

History is all around. Thousands of historic structures make up the waterway system, including: the soaring majesty of the World Heritage Status Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the awe-inspiring three-mile long Standedge Tunnel cutting through the Pennines.

You can lap up the luxury. Today’s canals boats are fully equipped with all the essential mod cons: central heating, hot water, TVs, DVD-players, showers and flushing toilets. Many of boats now offer wifi too.

Try something new. It’s easy to learn how to steer a boat and navigate the waterways. You don’t need a licence and operators offer free tuition as part of their hire package.

Last date edited: 11 May 2018