Messing about with boats

Slap on the sunblock and grab a lifejacket because taking to the high seas – or lake, canal, river or broad – on a narrowboat holiday provides an exciting way to view our amazing coastline and explore our peerless countryside. Most of our major towns and cities were built on rivers as trading ports and their history comes to life before our eyes from a watery vantage point on a boating holiday. Row along the River Thames, take a canal boat through The Fens, kayak through white-water rapids in the Lake District and sail the Solent amidst the gentle waves of a perfect summer’s day.

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Take a cruise along the River Ouse

Take a cruise along the River Ouse

The city of York owes its existence to the rivers. Escape the city rush and admire the scenery from the comfort of a Yorkboat.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Boating
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Electric Eel on Norfolk Broads

Electric Eel on Norfolk Broads

Explore nature reserves on the Norfolk Broads.

Location: Ludham, Norfolk

Lakes and waterways
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Take a boat trip in Little Venice

Take a boat trip in Little Venice

Cruise along the canal connecting London's picturesque Little Venice to the colourful hub of Camden Lock.

Location: Warwick Avenue, Greater London

Boating
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Adventure boat trips to Beachy Head

Adventure boat trips to Beachy Head

Jump aboard an adrenaline filled boat trip for a close up view of the stunning South Downs National Park coastline and Beachy Head lighthouse.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Price: From £18 per person

Boating
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Kayak the River Dart

Kayak the River Dart

Family water fun in South Devon.

Location: Tuckenhay, Devon

Lakes and waterways
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Take a boat trip for the best view of the Jurassic Coast

Take a boat trip for the best view of the Jurassic Coast

Step aboard the Stuart Line Cruise, and see the stunning 250 million year old Jurassic Coast cliffs up close from the sea.

Location: Exmouth, Devon

World heritage sites
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Find your way to foodie heaven on the Quayside

Find your way to foodie heaven on the Quayside

Fine dining, traditional pubs and a history of oyster fishing combine to make Emsworth an enticing destination for food lovers.

Location: Emsworth, Hampshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Boat through the history of a worldwide treasure

Boat through the history of a worldwide treasure

Trip through the heart of Birmingham via its watery wonders.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Roam with Ransome on Coniston

Roam with Ransome on Coniston

Take a trip on the actual dinghy used in the film ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and see what inspired Arthur Ransome to write his famous book.

Location: Coniston, Cumbria

Boating
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Punting on the River Cam

Punting on the River Cam

Find your inner rhythm as you mess about on the river.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgshire

Boating
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Kayak around The Needles rocks and lighthouse

Kayak around The Needles rocks and lighthouse

How would you like to get up close and personal with one of the Isle of Wight’s most iconic landmarks?

Location: Freshwater, Isle of Wight

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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See the light at the end of the tunnel

See the light at the end of the tunnel

Standedge Tunnel, in the heart of the Pennine countryside, is the longest canal tunnel in Britain - the setting for a great experience in the Yorkshire Peak District.

Location: Marsden, Yorkshire

Boating
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Take a cruise on the Grand Union Canal

Take a cruise on the Grand Union Canal

Get on-board for a leisurely cruise into the heart of the Chiltern Hills, enjoying impressive views of the Buckinghamshire countryside.

Location: Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

Boating
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Jump on a boat trip around Gloucester's Historic Docks

Jump on a boat trip around Gloucester's Historic Docks

Catch a 45 minute boat trip along the Gloucester Sharpness Canal with fascinating commentary from the skipper, and visit Gloucester Waterways Museum in the Historic Docks.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Price: From £5.50 per adult

Boating
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Go otter spotting in Norfolk

Go otter spotting in Norfolk

When it comes to big game spotting in the Broads National Park, there is no prey more sleek, more rare and more exciting than the otter.

Location: The Broads, Norfolk

Lakes and waterways
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Explore the Thames on a boat trip

Explore the Thames on a boat trip

Enjoy a 90 minute River Thames cruise through the Windsor Castle Crown Estate, experiencing the wildlife and views best seen from the river.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

Price: From £10 adult single trip

Boating
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Picnic Boat on the River Dart

Picnic Boat on the River Dart

A glorious combination of two great loves of the English: boating and picnics.

Location: Dartmouth, Devon

Unique Experiences
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Go sailing in Scilly

Go sailing in Scilly

Indulge in an exotic island escape… just off the Cornish coast.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Steamboat Ride on Coniston Water

Steamboat Ride on Coniston Water

See the Coniston Old Man in a different light.

Location: Coniston, Cumbria

Boating
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Take an exhilarating boat ride along Dorset’s stunning coastline

Take an exhilarating boat ride along Dorset’s stunning coastline

Explore the inaccessible parts of Dorset’s beautiful coastline, and its native wildlife, with a rip-roaring boat ride at 30 knots.

Location: Christchurch, Dorset

Harbours and fishing villages

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