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Ten good reasons to take a canal boat holiday.

October 9, 2012

  It’s the fastest way to slow down – with speed limits of 4mph and hundreds of miles of tranquil unspoilt countryside to cruise through, on a narrowboat holiday stress levels are immediately reduced and a whole new much steadier pace of life takes over. Freedom – across the majority of our 3,000-mile inland waterways […]

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Watch out for Wildlife

October 2, 2012

Britain’s canals and rivers have become important havens for wildlife so canal boat holidays are great for anyone interested in nature. Many kinds of animals live on the canals, from common sights such as ducks, coots, geese, swans and moorhens, to rarer creatures like otters, kingfishers and water voles. On a narrowboat holiday, as you […]

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Top of the Rings

September 27, 2012

Top of the Rings Cruising rings are popular with canal boat holiday-makers, offering journeys which travel along several different waterways and take in a huge variety of landscapes. Some are seriously challenging with long flights of locks and deep tunnels to negotiate.  While others, like the new Droitwich Ring, are easier and more suitable for […]

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Free Weekend? How To Do a London Canal Boat Holiday Lock-Free (Back to the Manor),

September 18, 2012

writes Stephen Emms in The Kentish Towner, 14 September 2012 We love the canal here at KTHQ. East or west, we’ve walked it all. And every time, we stare longingly at the narrowboats and ponder a simpler life afloat. So last month we decided to give it a go for a weekend. We didn’t want […]

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Visit the Stone Festival on your narrowboat holiday

September 16, 2012

This year, the north Staffordshire market town of Stone on the Trent & Mersey Canal will host its annual Stone Food & Drink Festival from 5 to 7 October, celebrating all things gastronomic. The festival features a range of themed gourmet marquees, a Real Ale Trail, demonstrations by top chefs, a special two-day farmers’ market, […]

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Taking to the waterways is a great way to unwind

September 10, 2012

Says Sue Austin of The Shropshire Star We live just a mile from from the beautiful Llangollen Canal in Ellesmere.  It’s the first place we take visitors.  We use its towpath for endless training runs, we have fished on it and have even canoed on it. And, although we may have poo-poo-ed the idea of […]

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Take a spooky canal boat holiday this Halloween

September 7, 2012

Reputedly playing host to hundreds of ghosts, with bats and frogs aplenty, plus creepy tunnels, spooky locks, misty towpaths and thousands of historic buildings along the way, Britain’s 200-year old canal network provides the perfect backdrop for a haunting Halloween afloat. Here are someof the spookiest places to go on a narrowboat holiday: The Shropshire […]

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Visit Birmingham’s Book Festival Afloat

September 7, 2012

Birmingham’s 14th Book Festival takes place 4-13 October 2012 and hosts events across the city.  Events will include: a Pop-Up Bookshop in the city’s Central Library; an all night writing workshop in the Black Country Living Museum; and a sermon by Jackie Kay in Birmingham’s Cathedral. With more canals than Venice, hiring a narrowboat is […]

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Visit the Saltaire Festival on your Canal Boat Holiday

August 4, 2012

The tenth Saltaire Festival (6-16 September 2012) promises ‘something for everyone to enjoy’ – from a Food & Drink Festival, Beer Festival, live music in the Piazza and the Yorkshire Food Fair, to a new garden trail, Morris dancers, films, exhibitions and performances by award-winning comedians Stuart Maconie and Anne Fine. You can easily reach […]

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Seven Wonders of the Waterways

July 28, 2012

  Drifters canal boat holidays (www.drifters.co.uk) picks seven wonders of the waterways, together with their nearest canal boat hire bases. The first ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’ was compiled half a century ago by Robert Aickman, co-founder of the Inland Waterways Association and published in his book Know Your Waterways. But Drifters’ list uses a […]

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