Lakes and waterways

Lakes and waterways

Messing about on canal boat holidays is one of the finest ways to enjoy an ever-changing vista against a backdrop of songbirds, wild flowers and the buzz of dragonflies. Board a canal boat and cast off for adventure on a historic network of inland waterways and lakes. You will encounter locks, swing bridges, tunnels and aqueducts. If you feel bold, steer through majestic hill ranges on your canal holidays. Or moor up for shopping and lunch in picturesque small towns. By sundown, you will be ready to enjoy a pint of traditional real ale and a ploughman’s lunch at a riverside pub.

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Recreate the real Alice in Wonderland’s river trip

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

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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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Discover The Lakes by Canoe

Discover The Lakes by Canoe

Canoe along the Derwentwater and discover something special about being close to the water.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

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Enjoy a peaceful family cycle ride along The Grand Western canal

Enjoy a peaceful family cycle ride along The Grand Western canal

Enjoy a peaceful family cycle ride along the towpath, beside the tranquil stretch of waterway through the heart of Devon.

Location: Tiverton, Devon

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Sheffield Park Garden

Sheffield Park Garden

The perfect place for relaxation and nature photography.

Location: Brighton, East Sussex

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Go barging round Lancashire

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

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Glide through the waterways of unspoilt Cheshire

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

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Enjoy a boat trip on Canal River Trust's Waterways

Enjoy a boat trip on Canal River Trust's Waterways

Spend your weekend exploring Cheshire’s incredible waterways, at Anderton Boat Lift and the National Waterways Museum.

Location: Anderton, Cheshire

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Go on a Swallows and Amazons style adventure

Go on a Swallows and Amazons style adventure

Explore the sparkling, lock-free waterways of the Broads National Park, get up close to wildlife and kick back at a waterside pub for lunch.

Location: Stalham, Norfolk

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Enjoy a canal boat adventure on Lancashire's Waterways

Enjoy a canal boat adventure on Lancashire's Waterways

Enjoy the stunning Lancashire countryside in all its winter glory on a slow, dreamy holiday cruise along the Leeds to Liverpool Canal as featured on ITV’s Barging Round Britain.

Location: Lancashire

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Take the River Ferry to Beeses

Take the River Ferry to Beeses

Enjoy a delicious Sunday roast at this scenic English riverside tea garden in Bristol.

Location: Bristol

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Set out on a family cycling break in the Heart of Devon

Set out on a family cycling break in the Heart of Devon

Enjoy a cycling break with friends or family and discover the windswept scenery of the Exe Estuary, just south of Exeter, and its abundant wildlife.

Location: Exeter and East devon, Devon

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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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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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Malham Tarn Geocaching Trail

Malham Tarn Geocaching Trail

Become a geocacher and find the treasure.

Location: Malham Tarn, Yorkshire

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Cross the heart of Wiltshire by bike

Cross the heart of Wiltshire by bike

The Kennet & Avon Canal makes a safe and tranquil cycle route across the centre of Wiltshire.

Location: Wiltshire

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Relax in a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Relax in a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Open bodies of water are a rarity in south Wiltshire, making Langford Lakes nature reserve an attractive stopping-off point for a host of wild birds.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Take a canal walk across Wiltshire’s heartland

Take a canal walk across Wiltshire’s heartland

Relax and enjoy a slower pace of life on a Wiltshire break by walking along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Location: Wiltshire

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Enjoy tiger walks and water sports in Norfolk

Enjoy tiger walks and water sports in Norfolk

Try out a variety of family-friendly watersports on the broads. Discover rare animals from Asia on a tiger walk, all close to Great Yarmouth.

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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Take a trip on one of England’s last horse-drawn barges

Take a trip on one of England’s last horse-drawn barges

Explore the Grand Western Canal on one of England’s last horse drawn barges, and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding Devon countryside.

Location: Tiverton, Devon

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