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Nine reasons to take a boating holiday this year

If you’ve never taken a boating holiday before now’s your time…

A family enjoying a boat holiday Enjoying a boat holiday

Canals and rivers may have made the news recently when a number in the north flooded over New Year. However, the vast majority of our network is open for business and ready to offer you the most relaxing holiday you’ll have ever had.

Boat holidays are a great way to unwind whatever the weather so forget about your usual tourist trap. Take a look at our top reasons to take a boating holiday and get booking.

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’ll be surrounded by nature. Waterways provide homes for large numbers of birds, plants and animals, including many protected species - the water vole, otter and kingfisher, so there’s always something special to look out for

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: 15 January 2016