Canal Boat Holidays

Canal boat holidays are very popular with families in the U.K. This type of holiday offers a quieter, more relaxing break then the majority of other types of holidays you can choose from. If you like the idea of traveling at a steady three to four miles an hour through the countryside then a canal boat holiday could be right for you.

How Long Are You Going For

The normal duration for this type of break is one or two weeks. You can book boats for shorter or longer breaks as well. A short weekend break is a good idea if you would like to try a canal boat break before you commit to a longer holiday.

Where Will You Start From?

There are thousands of miles of canals and rivers running through the U.K. There are many different starting points and routes you can choose from. You can decide how many miles to cover each day. Canal boats are not permitted to cruise after dark and you also need to allow roughly 15 - 20 minutes to navigate each lock.

Ideal for Peaceful Family Holidays

Many boat hire companies do now allow groups of younger people to hire boats. Most people in their late teens and early twenties are looking for something a bit more exciting. When you take these two factors together you can see why you are likely to see many other families on your travels. It also means that canal travel makes a quiet and peaceful holiday.

As well as taking you on a trip through the countryside you will also visit market towns and rural villages. There are plenty of places to stop for meals as you move along. Your journey will also take you through a number of locks and tunnels. You are also likely to cross aqueducts and bridges.

Boats Are Easy to Handle

Boats are very easy to handle. You will usually find a single lever controlling speed as well as whether the boat is traveling backwards or forwards. You are shown how to control the boat before you set off. You will also receive training in how to get through a lock.

Plenty of Places to Stay for the Night

There are plenty of places to tie up overnight. Mooring along canal towpaths is free. You need to be aware that some mooring spots, perhaps near pubs and somewhere to eat, can get very busy. Other mooring is also available at various marinas and quays. Normally there is a fee to be paid in these places.

Good Facilities

Facilities on the boats are to a very high standard. A typical boat may include a cooker, fridge, crockery, cutlery, pans, one or two showers, flushing toilets, central heating and colour TV. Some boats also include freezers and microwave ovens.

Boats can sleep up to 12 people. Those with more beds tend to have a number of beds that need to be made up each evening. They are then taken down during the day to provide extra seating.

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Canal Boat Holidays

Canal Boating is a brilliant holiday. We went this year and our friends said 'are you mad', 'what if the kids fall in' etc.

We went with Canal Boat Escapes on the Leeds/Liverpool and they were brilliant. They had top quality life jackets for the kids and the training was fantastic. The children brought toys and bikes and we really felt relaxed all holiday.

It certainly beats the stress of losing them at Manchester Airport !

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