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First Time Afloat

If you haven't been on a boat before, you are not alone - many of our guests each year are complete newcomers and each and every one of them masters the controls to enjoy their holiday.

We endeavour to have boats ready for collection at 2.30pm on the start day of your holiday. If for any reason you are unable to arrive on time please contact the start base or the Booking Office so that any special arrangements, if nessesary can be made well in advance of your holiday.

No previous experience is needed, as our boats are extremely easy to handle and full tuition is given at the start of every holiday. You'll find comprehensive cruising information on board in your boat manual and details are also sent out with your holiday documents to introduce you to the theory of locks and the rules of the road.

We provide our own 24hr emergency helpline should you need us and our offices are open 7 days per week, 8.30am until 6pm week days and 9am - 5pm on weekends.

There is no itinerary

You set your own agenda. In a week by canal you are likely to cover the distance you could cover in an hour by car, but the journey will be a far richer one!


If you have any concerns or questions, just contact our booking office.
We are open 7 days a week and there won't be a 'silly' question we haven't heard before.

For more information, learn abour our best canal boat holidays for beginners

Taking To The Water

A blog by Waterways World employee Rebecca McGrath

Read the blog by Rebecca to see how she found her first time afloat on one of our narrowboats. 

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