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A guide to dog friendly canal boat holidays UK

Looking to plan a trip along the waterways but unsure whether you can bring your dog too? The answer is yes. Here at ABC Boat Hire, dogs go free! Learn everything you need to know about dog friendly canal boat holidays from our detailed guide today.   Dog friendly canal boat holidays with ABC Boat Hire   We love dogs just as much as we love our boats. That’s why we know the importance of incl...

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ABC Boat Hire proudly launches its first electric hire boat

We are pleased to have launched our first electric hire boat on the Wiltshire canal! Combining new technology and the comforting interior our customers know and love, The Great Day boat is our proudest achievement yet. The boat This up to 10 berth boat comes fully equipped with a small kitchen and toilet in both a covered and open cabin. Though electric, it’s still strong and mighty. Capable of...

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‘Spin to Win’ your way to a canal boat holiday

Treat yourself to a boating holiday this year with a guaranteed win with our Spin to Win competition! Ever wanted to take on the glorious UK waters? Perhaps you wanted to visit the picturesque Llangollen canal or explore one of the 7 wonders of the waterway. Whether you’re a beginner, hoping to spot some great historical sights and wildlife, or simply looking for a reason to go on a canal boat ho...

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How do you turn a canal boat around

Are you an avid boater? Or a boating beginner looking to perfect the skill of turning a canal boat around? Perhaps you’re worried about onlookers? In this guide, we have you covered in just a few simple steps that can help you feel more at ease. Step One Firstly, you want to ensure you slow down by cutting power as you approach a turning. You don’t want to stop the boat completely; however, we r...

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Holidays for older couples

For many elderly couples, the idea of trave long distances on a plane can be daunting. Especially if you’re not as mobile as you once were. That being said, you may still want to experience a nice little getaway. A narrowboat holiday may be just what you are looking for. But will it require a lot of work? And is there disability access? Learn everything you need to know in our helpful guide. Wil...

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Boating on a budget

boating on a budget

Looking for a budget holiday away? Whether it’s taking a trip with the whole family, a romantic retreat for two or a group holiday with friends - it’s helpful to know the best tips and tricks to ensure you stay on budget. That’s why canal boating on a budget is the perfect way to create a unique holiday for all to enjoy while keeping costs low. Find out more about how budget canal boat holidays c...

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Canal Event Calendar 2024

From floating markets to entertainment, the UK’s waterways are set for an eventful 2024. Take a look at what events to expect this year so you can plan your trip ahead of time! February 2024 Event: BoatLife This event takes place annually, allowing the boating community to celebrate their passion for life on the water. Boaters can be kept up-to-date with the latest and most innovative models, e...

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A Perfect Fusion of Canal Boat Holidays and Golfing Adventures

Embarking on a canal boat holiday offers a unique and leisurely way to explore picturesque waterways, and when coupled with the excitement of playing golf, it creates a harmonious blend of relaxation and sport. Imagine navigating tranquil canals, enjoying breathtaking scenery, and then swapping the narrowboat's tranquillity for the green expanses of a golf course. This combination promises a vacat...

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Harry Potter Filming Locations by Boat

As one of the most quintessentially British movie franchises of all time, it’s no surprise that the filming locations of Harry Potter feature a number of breathtaking historical and geographical landmarks.   If you’re looking to explore the magical world of Harry Potter, what better way to soak up the sights than by canal boat? A more unusual way to travel – that’s even suitable for muggles! In...

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Can I moor a canal boat anywhere?

When planning your canal boat holiday, you may have questions about mooring your boat. From identifying where you can moor a canal boat to tips on mooring safely, our guide will answer all of your questions, so you can enjoy a hassle free holiday. Where can you moor a canal boat? You are permitted to moor almost anywhere alongside canal towpaths, as long as you are not causing an obstruction to...

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