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Enjoy a narrowboat holiday in the U.K.

Narrowboat holiday
Photo by Robert Pittman / CC BY-ND 2.0 

Thereís nothing quite like being the captain of your own boat, choosing your route and enjoying the sights of the U.K. countryside from a different perspective. 

Instead of spending precious hours of your holiday time travelling by train, or behind the wheel of your car, why not take to the water and travel the U.K. at leisure on a charming canal boat. Black Prince Narrowboat Holidays offer a range of options, allowing you to relax with your family and friends during a stay on a luxurious narrowboat, setting the course and enjoying a beautiful view each morning. The following are just a few recommendations for a canal boat holiday.

Narrowboat holidays in England

There are several gorgeous locations to start your trip. If you are near Northwich in England, head to the Cheshire Acton hire base where you can not only hire a canal boat for your holiday, but also take a day trip down the local canals. From here you can travel north on the Bridgewater Canal, all the way to Manchester, then head along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal or take the Cheshire ring via Macclesfield and the Peak Forest.
Canal boat holiday
Photo by Hans Splinter / CC BY-ND 2.0

Your canal boat holiday isnít just about scenery, of course, and you can visit the university city of Cambridge along your travels. Starting off in Ely, right in the heart of the Fenland waterways, head to this famous city and moor your boat before starting your tour of discovery. Explore Cambridge University, Kingís College Chapel and the historic streets of this fascinating city before heading back to your narrowboat to rest and continue your tour of the waterways. Visit the many historic buildings of Cambridge, or relax by the river, enjoying a coffee or a well-deserved drink.

A canal boat trip through Wales

There is nothing quite like the gorgeous, rolling scenery of Wales, so why not take a narrowboat trip from Chirk Marina down the Llangollen canal, with its stunning views of the Berwyn Mountains, in a lovely World Heritage Site. Here you can head over the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct to the historic town of Llangollen.
Llangollen canal, Wales
Photo Llangollen Canal by Marek Isalski / CC BY-SA 2.0

Chirk itself is an interesting visit, with its 12th century Norman fortress and Chirk Castle. The town offers a good range of pubs, restaurants and shops to visit. Then visit Llangollen, a town dating back to the 7th century, to take in the Valle Crucis Abbey and Crow Castle.

A journey on the waterways of Scotland

Head up to the Highlands of Scotland to enjoy a narrowboat holiday, where you will not only view the famous Scottish countryside, but also visit some of the historic cities, like Glasgow and Edinburgh, along the way.  Various routes are on offer, including the Union Canal which takes you from Falkirk to Edinburgh, or the Forth and Clyde canal, letting you sail from Falkirk to Glasgow. There is also the adventure of travelling across Scotlandís tallest aqueduct heading over the River Avon, along with the various swing bridge locks along the way.

As reported by the Telegraph, the U.K. has many more lovely locations and options for a great narrowboat holiday with the family or a group of friends, so why not consider taking to the canals for your next trip.


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