Nine reasons to take a boating holiday this year

People love spending time on our canals and rivers 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

1. It’s the fastest way to slow down

With speed limits of 4mph and 2,000 miles of tranquil, calming canals to cruise along, stress levels are reduced and a whole new much steadier pace of life takes over.

2. Get a taste of freedom

The majority of our canals and rivers offer boating holiday-makers free moorings, so you’re free to choose where to stop for the night.

3. 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.

4. 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. 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.

5. A pub is never far away

There are hundreds of waterside pubs at places to visit alongside our canals and rivers, ready to welcome you after a day of boating.

6. History is all around

Thousands of historic structures make up the canal and river 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.

Anderton Boat Lift

8. 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 boats now offer wifi too.

9. 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: 31 July 2019