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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 18 July 2019