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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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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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A guide to canalside museums

With many scenic canalside towns and cities across the UK, some are home to artistic and historical museums and galleries just a short distance away from the waterways. From industrial pasts to movie sets and everything in between – there is something for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at our top canalside museum picks in this helpful guide! Top canalside museums The Black Country Living Museum...

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What boats are allowed on canals?

The waterway is a great way of exploring new cities. From historical landmarks, festivals or one of the 7 wonders of the waterway – there is plenty to see and do for everyone. But did you know, there are more exciting ways to sail along the waterways than just the traditional narrowboat? From rowing boats to paddleboards, take a look at our guide to find out the ways you can enjoy our glorious can...

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Canal wildlife hotspots

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Canal wildlife  With plenty of holiday destinations around the UK, as is the stunning wildlife on offer right on your doorstep. For the nature lovers, the explorers or simply just the curious – we have narrowed down the top canal locations to spot majestic wildlife on your next waterway adventure.   What wildlife is there to see?  There is an array of wildlife to see when cruising the waterways...

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Our Favourite Books Set on the Waterways

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Anyone who has spent an afternoon relaxing on the waterways will be able to understand why they’ve become inspiration for great works of literature over the years. Both in classic literature, contemporary fiction and even children’s books. In this article, we’ll explore some of the books we recommend as essential reading for your next canal boat holiday.   The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graha...

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The Green Man of the Kennet & Avon Canal

The Green Man is an ancient pagan signal of rebirth and of nature’s cycles. On Kennet and Avon Canal in England’s South West, there have been reported sightings of a green-faced man as well as celebrations of the Green Man in folklore. Our blog explores the Green Man’s origins in Folklore along with the legend's significance to the canal route.   The Green Man Legend The Green Man may be a popul...

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The history of canal boat families

The Industrial Revolution brought about the use of canal boats to transport goods across the country, and as this network of canals developed, people began to live on the canals as it allowed them to stay close to their work. In this blog, we’ll explore canal boat family history, what life was like for families living on the canal in the 18th and 19th centuries and the legacy they’ve left behind....

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