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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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

 

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

 

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

 

Go otter spotting in Norfolk

When it comes to big game spotting in the Broads National Park, there is no prey more sleek, more rare and more exciting than the otter.

Location: The Broads, Norfolk

 

Take a break on a narrowboat cruiser

Lock, stock and swing bridge.

Location: Rochdale, Lancashire

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Try a canoeing adventure along the River Wye

Become one with the water as you canoe through the rapid waters of the River Wye.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 

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

 

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

 

Visit the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution

By 1860, Lancashire was producing half of the world's cotton via its mills, hills and waterways, which you can now explore.

Location: Pennine Lancashire

 

Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

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

Location: Rutland Water, Rutland

 

Sheffield Park Garden

The perfect place for relaxation and nature photography.

Location: Brighton, East Sussex

 

Take a wildlife safari in The Broads National Park

From the reeds to the trees, get up close to nature and see an incredible 11,000 species, the highest concentration of rare wildlife in England.

Location: Strumpshaw Fen, near Norwich, Norfolk

 

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

 

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

 

Find riverside amusements aplenty in the Severn Valley

Stourport-on-Severn is a great inland resort to explore, with plenty of open green space for the whole family to enjoy, canal and riverside walks, riverside amusements and boat trips galore.

Location: Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire

 

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

 

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

 

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

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