Boating on the East Anglian Fens

The East Anglian Fen District

For a totally different experience, we offer boating holidays from Ely, in the heart of the East Anglian Fens.

At Ely is on the River Great Ouse, navigable from Bedford to Denver.

The name Ely means ‘Isle’. The city’s wonderful cathedral, with its unique wooden lantern tower, stands out from the surrounding landscape.

The River Great Ouse takes boaters through many delightful towns and villages, including Godmanchester with its exquisite hinese Bridge.

The tributaries of the Great Ouse are also wonderful places to visit. Brandon Creek passes through completely unspoilt countryside, and is a haven for wildlife.

Cambridge has a wonderful array of old colleges and other buildings to see and is easily accessible via the River Cam.

Bedford is a bustling town at the head of navigation, and well worth a visit, as are St. Neots and Huntingdon.

These are all quiet cruises, with few other boats to be seen. You’ll travel through beautiful countryside, punctuated by lovely old water mills and historic villages.

As these waters are all rivers rather than canals, locks are less frequent, but there are pubs and villages scattered along the banks at regular intervals.

There’s a direct train line to Ely from London.

We also offer boating on the East Anglian Fens from March Marina, near Cambridge and Ely.