Tips For Booking Your First Canal Boat Holiday

A narrowboat holiday is a wonderful way to enjoy the hundreds of miles of canals that Britain has to offer. If you’ve never experienced a holiday on the water before, here are some tips to help you make the perfect choice. 


Decide on the location

There are hundreds of possible locations to choose from, so how can you know which might be the best place for you? If you love to spot wildlife, then a rural route with good access to wetlands and woodlands is ideal. 

If you want to take in some culture and city life, then routes around Warwickshire provide good access to Birmingham, Stratford Upon Avon, and the surrounding towns. 


Plan your route

Once you have decided on your location, then the next step is to plan your route. Remember to allow a similar amount of time for returning to your starting point, unless you are going to take a circular journey. It is possible to plan your stop off points along the way. 

Remember that your travelling time will be about four to seven hours in the summer at a speed of 3-4 mph.


Do you want to share the navigation?

Teaming up with friends can be a great way to enjoy your first narrowboat holiday, because you will be able to share the steering and navigation duties and have plenty of help with manoeuvring through locks, bridges, and tunnels. 

This can be a fun learning experience to enjoy with friends, and you will also have ready made company for evening meals and pub lunches along the way.


Watch a few tutorials

Handling a canal boat is not that difficult, but it can help to brush up on a few tips and techniques beforehand. There are plenty of online video tutorials to help you learn from the experts.


If you would like some more information about canal boat holidays in the Midlands, please get in touch today.

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