Life is good on the Grand Union Canal

Ashley Gibbins and Ann Mealor of the International Travel Writers Alliance recently enjoyed a Drifters narrowboat holiday press trip on the Grand Union Canal.

They set off on a four-night mid-week break from Braunston in Northamptonshire, aboard a Union Canal Carriers boat.

After their tuition and boat handover, Tim from the Braunston boat yard took them through the first two locks for a trial run.

They moored up for their first night close the poplur Admiral Nelson pub.  And met some other narrowboaters, who the following day helped them through the next set of locks.

On their canal boat holiday short break, they also travelled through the mile-long Braunston Tunnel, and enjoyed waking up to “loud” and “thrilling” birdsong.

Describing their first trip on a narrowboat as a “truly memorable and really enjoyable”, Ashley’s AllWays Traveller article lists some advice for first timers.

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