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.

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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Take a leisurely and scenic cruise on the Lakes

Take a leisurely and scenic cruise on the Lakes

The Lake District is one of the country’s most famous beauty spots, and where better to take it all in that from the lakes themselves?

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

 
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

 
Take an autumnal River Thames cruise on a chartered boat

Take an autumnal River Thames cruise on a chartered boat

Cliveden Reach, the most picturesque section of the river Thames, is spectacular during autumn on a private boat cruise from Windsor to Marlow.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

 
Cycle, sail or swim in the Norfolk Broads

Cycle, sail or swim in the Norfolk Broads

Sense the sounds, smells and colours of spring at Waveney River Centre in Norfolk, a serene countryside retreat with plenty of outdoor activities.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

 
Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Visit Rutland Water's famous wildfowl sanctuary, covering 1,000 acres of bird hides, nature trails and visitor centres.

Location: Rutland Water, Rutland

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Relax with a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Relax with 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

 
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

 
Canal cruise through Staffordshire’s Peak District

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

 
Pick a favourite lake from a tour of ten

Pick a favourite lake from a tour of ten

Not for nothing is this tour named the ‘Ten Lakes Spectacular’ – it takes you to see some of the Lake District’s show-stopping sights in one day.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

 
Malham Tarn Geocaching Trail

Malham Tarn Geocaching Trail

Become a geocacher and find the treasure.

Location: Malham Tarn, Yorkshire

 
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

 
Rest and romance in the iconic Lake District landscape

Rest and romance in the iconic Lake District landscape

Leathes Head Country House Hotel is the ideal spot to spend some much-needed time for two in the heart of the Lake District.

Location: Borrowdale, Cumbria

 
Take the plunge canyoning in Cumbria

Take the plunge canyoning in Cumbria

Ever looked at a waterfall and rather than reaching for the camera, thought ‘I’d like to climb down that’? If so, you’re about to discover your new favourite sport – canyoning.

Location: Bowness, Cumbria

 
Explore the historic and lively city of Lancaster

Explore the historic and lively city of Lancaster

Uncover Lancaster’s ancient and haunting history at its hilltop castle and enjoy the vibrant nightlife in one of England’s Heritage Cities.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

 
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

 
Sheffield Park Garden

Sheffield Park Garden

The perfect place for relaxation and nature photography.

Location: Brighton, East Sussex

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