Boating holidays

Boating holidays

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.

Boating holidays

Boating holidays

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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Feel the thrill of the chase with the Thames RIB Experience

Feel the thrill of the chase with the Thames RIB Experience

Watch London whizz by you as you experience a ride you’ll never forget on possibly the biggest, fastest and loudest speed boats on the Thames.

Location: Greenwich, London

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Wander along sparkling Scilly beaches

Wander along sparkling Scilly beaches

With sparkling white sands reminiscent of the Caribbean, Scilly is a tropical break that is close to home.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

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Spend a weekend away on a historic sailing barge

Spend a weekend away on a historic sailing barge

Sail away on-board ‘Reminder’, a crewed vintage sailing vessel, for a weekend of relaxation and discovery along the rivers of the East Coast.

Location: Maldon, Essex

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Take an iconic ferry trip across the Mersey

Take an iconic ferry trip across the Mersey

No trip to Liverpool would be complete without venturing on to the water – especially on a newly ‘dazzled’ ferry.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Soak up the sights of Hampshire on a canal trip

Soak up the sights of Hampshire on a canal trip

Float away on a scenic cruise along the Basingstoke Canal. With 29 locks, the canal is a boaters’ paradise and a great family experience.

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

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Ride a Venetian gondola along the River Avon

Ride a Venetian gondola along the River Avon

Experience all the romance of Venice in the heart of Shakespeare’s hometown in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Explore a living canal village

Explore a living canal village

The Grand Union Canal at Stoke Bruerne is like an outdoor museum with historic canal features to explore.

Location: Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire

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Romantic punting on the River Cherwell

Romantic punting on the River Cherwell

Ever watched people punting and felt you’d like to have a go? Pick up a few tips at Cherwell Boathouse, grab the pole and off you go.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Sail like an Olympian in Weymouth and Portland

Sail like an Olympian in Weymouth and Portland

Take to the waters in Weymouth and Portland and discover what it takes to be an Olympic sailor.

Location: Weymouth and Portland, Dorset

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Explore The Broads’ nature reserves on board the Electric Eel

Explore The Broads’ nature reserves on board the Electric Eel

A trip on board the Electric Eel boat may be more Wind and the Willows than Moby Dick, but this gentle pace is really the only way to experience The Broads.

Location: Ludham, Norfolk

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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

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Enjoy a history lesson and a cruise on a Gosport Ferry

Enjoy a history lesson and a cruise on a Gosport Ferry

Enjoy a relaxing boat ride and discover Gosport's gruesome history as you sail along.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

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Set sail on the Broads

Set sail on the Broads

Is there a better way to wile away a week than by quietly sluicing your way through The Broads on a sailing boat?

Location: The Broads, Norfolk

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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.

Location: Marsden, Yorkshire

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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

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Have a picnic whilst sailing on the River Dart

Have a picnic whilst sailing on the River Dart

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

Location: Dartmouth, Devon

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Set sail on a canal boat trip in the heart of Manchester

Set sail on a canal boat trip in the heart of Manchester

Whether you are looking for a short break or week-long trip, enjoy historic hands-on canal tours in Manchester.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Cycle and canoe in the iconic Seven Sisters Country Park

Cycle and canoe in the iconic Seven Sisters Country Park

Explore the South Downs Way, near Eastbourne, discovering Seven Sisters Country Park by bicycle and the Cuckmere Valley by canoe.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Boat through the history of a worldwide treasure

Boat through the history of a worldwide treasure

Enjoy a trip through the heart of Birmingham via its watery wonders.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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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

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