Cruising rings

With over 2,000 miles of waterway to explore there’s always something new to see. It could take decades to explore the entire network. But, if you don’t have all the time in the world to discover our waterways, why not try boating around one of the many well-established cruising rings?

Couple working lock for narrowboat at Stoke Bruerne Stoke Bruerne, Grand Union Canal

If you’re taking a boating holiday then a cruising ring could be just what you’re looking for. Varying in length and taking anything from two days to three weeks these circular routes mean you’ll never have to re-tread (or even re-cruise) your steps and every day you’ll get to see a new stretch of water.

Taking in the best that our canals and rivers have to offer, many of these cruising rings combine bustling city centres with tranquil countryside. And with plenty of stopping off points for walking, cycling or even fishing along the way, they're great for trying all the healthy, fun activities our waterways have to offer.

Last date edited: 16 January 2019