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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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

 

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

 

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

 

Go sailing in Scilly

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

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

 

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

 

Sail on posh boats on the Broads

Take a well-earned break from life.

Location: The Broads, Norfolk

 

Sailing and watersports at Gosport

Discover an adventure playground on water at Gosport.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

 

Glide through the waterways of unspoilt Cheshire

Take in quaint villages, welcoming country pubs, majestic industrial heritage sites and even castles on a boat trip through the county’s canals.

Location: Audlem, Cheshire

 

Paddle through living history on the Heritage Canoe Trail

This brand new route leads to the edge of the Peak District, and features special markers to guide canoeists along the 20-mile canal-based route.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

 

Go barging round Lancashire

Abandon the hustle and bustle of everyday life and head for the peace and stunning scenery of Lancashire, with a canal boat cruise

Location: Burnley, Lancashire

 

Canal cruise through Staffordshire’s Peak District

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life by hiring a canal boat and leisurely cruising through picturesque scenery.

Location: Peak District, Staffordshire

 

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

 

Go punting on the River Cam

Find your inner rhythm in Cambridge as you mess about on the River Cam.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgshire

 

Take a break on a narrowboat cruiser

Lock, stock and swing bridge.

Location: Rochdale, Lancashire

 

Enjoy a river tour of Durham City

Set off in your very own rowboat on the beautiful River Wear or enjoy a guided river cruise aboard the Prince Bishops River Cruiser.

Location: Durham City

 

Discover a different Yorkshire on the river

Discover a new world with Shire Cruisers - steering a beautifully fitted narrow boat with everything you need, past ever-changing Pennine scenery.

Location: Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire

 

Recreate the real Alice in Wonderland’s river trip

Take an Oxford River Cruise trip along the Thames just like the real Alice in Wonderland many years ago.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

Stay and sail along Suffolk’s Heritage Coast on a sailing course

Enjoy the gentle pace of Suffolk’s rivers and coast, then bed down in a boutique hotel at night, with Viking Mariners’ stay and sail packages.

Location: Ipswich, Suffolk

 

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

 

Mackerel Fishing at Beer

Take a sea fishing trip in Devon.

Location: Beer, Devon

 

Explore Manchester’s canals on a city cruise

Choose from one of the city’s sightseeing cruises and get ready to discover Greater Manchester and its industrial history by boat.

Location: Manchester, Salford, Trafford and beyond

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