There are nothing quite like boating holidays on Britain's Inland waterways. Enforced relaxation, while drifting along at no more than a few miles an hour, enforced activity as you come to a flight of locks. Camaraderie when you meet other boaters, friendliness when you tie up at the pub for a drink or a meal. A holiday of contrasts, taken at a slow pace. The variety is endless, city, town, village and country, wide canal, narrow canal and river. Every bend brings forth some new feature. You can never see it all, no matter how many times you return. But why worry? Boating holidays are for relaxation, for unwinding from every day pressures, for doing what you like, when you like.
Two thousand miles of tranquil waterways, threading their way through some of Britain's most beautiful and unspoiled countryside, offering a haven for wildlife and an insight into our industrial heritage. A network of waterways taking you to the heart of major cities, with all the entertainment and leisure facilities that they provide.
One of the most popular ways of trying out a Boating Holiday in Britain is by taking one of our special short breaks.
You start out on a Friday afternoon around 3.00 pm and following a full demonstration of how to handle the boat and work the locks (all very straightforward) you are off on a carefree 3 night break, exploring the real Britain. Saturday and Sunday are yours to do with as you please and the only thing you really need to remember is that these Weekend breaks finish at 9.30 am on the Monday morning, when you have to hand the boat back to the boatyard.
These equally popular breaks, have you cruising away from the boatyard around 3.00 pm on a Monday afternoon and the good news is that you don't have to be back until Friday morning at 9.30 am! This gives you a full four nights away and yet the price is exactly the same as for the Weekend.
Both breaks give you the chance to explore some of Britain's 2,000 miles of unspoilt, 200 hundred year old waterway system. You can cruise out into the idylic countryside, or visit historic Cities, discovering a whole new world around every bend.
Making The Right Decision
Choosing a holiday company often seems to be more about luck than science, but help is at hand!
The Tourist Board in England, along with the very best operators, have introduced a Grading Scheme for boats. The companies that have joined the scheme, submit all of their boats every year to a thorough inspection by a senior Tourist Board inspector, who then grades every boat on a scale of 1-5. When you come to choose a holiday operator, make sure that they are members of the 'star' scheme.
You wouldn't want to take a chance with one that hasn't been inspected!
So who To Choose?
Boating Holidays in Britain only recommends holidays with the very best of the operators in the UK, all of whom have been inspected and graded by the Tourist Board.
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