Northampton Chronicle & Echo - Aug 08

Holidays in Northamptonshire on the increase

Canal Cruise

When it comes to holidays, it seems that the option of taking time out of the hustle and bustle to drift along stretches of Northamptonshire's canal system has proved popular with increasing numbers of visitors.

Last month the Chronicle & Echo reported a boom in boating, with figures released by British Waterways showing a 13 per cent increase in the number of people using waterways across the country; whether by hiring canalboats or simply walking, cycling or angling.

Through the narrowboat hire company UK Boat Hire (details of which can be found at ), holidaymakers can plan a canal break and hire a narrowboat from different locations throughout the country.

One of the advertised starting points is at Gayton Marina, from which people can drift away along a Northamptonshire stretch of the Grand Union canal.

Marketing and sales manager, Haley Shurmer, said: "Depending on the time of year or size of the boat, hiring a narrowboat can cost as little as £370."

She added: "We have recently launched our Greener Holiday campaign. The 'Green Fund' has been initiated by UK Boat Hire in association with The Waterways Trust to offset the impact of our customers' holidays on the environment."

UK Boat Hire is giving a percentage of profits from each holiday booked to The Waterways Trust Green Fund.

The Green Fund is being used by the Trust to invest in low carbon technologies and other environmental projects, such as creating new habitats. These projects will help mitigate carbon emissions and environmental impact of managing the waterways."

She continued: "The development of the Green Fund in association with The Waterways Trust underlines the fact that taking a narrowboat holiday doesn't 'cost' the earth.

In fact, cruising the waterways is estimated to be some 20 times better for the planet than spending two hours flying for a holiday overseas."