Abandon the hustle and bustle of everyday life and head for the peace and stunning scenery of Lancashire, with a canal boat cruise
The canal network may have an industrial heritage but a growing number of TV programmes are reminding people of happier times messing about on boats. In fact a two-hour BBC show All Aboard! featuring nothing more than a journey down a canal has proved an unlikely hit with viewers. What better way to enjoy the stunning Lancashire countryside in all its autumnal glory than a slow, dreamy holiday cruise along the Leeds –Liverpool Canal which featured on ITV’s Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant.
You go where you want, at your own pace, stopping if you feel like it. With a constantly changing view you’ll pass through pretty villages and historic towns, spot wildlife along the towpath and see architectural wonders along the way. Just outside Burnley stop off to see the National Trust owned Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire’s very own ‘Downton Abbey’ - famed for its architecture and an extensive textile collection. As you pass through Burnley you’ll be travelling on the Burnley ‘Straight Mile’ one of the Wonders of the British Waterways, and don’t forget to stop off at the Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre to find out more about the industrial history of the area.
Canal Cruises are located at Reedley Marina in the heart of Pennine Lancashire. This rural location is the perfect setting for the start of your canal boat holiday.