Messing around on the water...
ngland’s ideal for a bit of messing around on the river . If you’re new to the thrill of boating holidays then head east to the Norfolk Broads , where you’ll find the 125-miles (200 km)of waterways are wide, meandering and lock-free.
They’re peaceful too, or at least the rivers are. The banks, however, are teeming with rare butterflies, swans and the odd slippery otter – his coat shining in the sun. It’s easy to see why Victorian industrialists loved their boating holidays in this part of the world; in fact, as you glide past elegant windmills and picturesque villages, things don’t seem to have changed all that much since.
The same can’t be said about London´s Regents´Canal , however. Originally used to transport coal and cargo through the metropolis, today the waterway is purely for pleasure. On a canal boat holiday in the capital, you can gaze into the chic Georgian houses of Little Venice, hear the market-traders’ shouts as you sail through Camden – and peer in on the bustle of the City’s office blocks. But, with 13 locks along the way, all this is done at a rather leisurely pace.
If you’re looking to up the tempo, why not try the
– for a riverboat holiday with a dash of adventure thrown in. The fast-flowing downstream currents need a steady hand on the rudder and a keen eye for what’s ahead. Watch out for the pretty waterside pub while you’re negotiating that patch of shingle. Well, you are on holiday after all…
Part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty...Durham Dales
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