Canal and River Routes
With over 3,000 miles of inland waterways to explore, you are
spoilt for choice. The UK waterway system is a mixture of
broad canals, narrow canals and navigable rivers that
extends from Guildford in the south, to Scotland in the
north, and westward to Bath and Bristol and east to the Norfolk
Broads. Whether drifiting along the Llangollen Canal, cruising
the historic Thames or exploring the scenic Norfolk Broads,
you won't be dissapointed.
Canal & River Routes
Relaxation is at the top of many people's lists, and the
Lancaster Canal has plenty of this to offer with no locks for
42 miles. For those looking for a challenge, a cruising ring, like
the Cheshire Ring or Warwickshire Ring makes a good choice.
These circular routes require 1-2 weeks with the crew navigating
a series of locks. Alternatively, you might enjoy a city
cruise with lots of things to see and do - the Birmingham
Canal and the Grand Union Canal fit this bill.
Click here to see a map of where
you can go boating
Cruising Holiday & Day Hire
River cruiser holiday hire and day
boat hire is an ideal way for newcomers to have a taste
of inland cruising without the expense of owning a boat. You
can test different styles of hire boats to determine if inland
cruising is a desirous long term aim for you or will just remain
the occasional boat hire. There are a host of experienced and
friendly companies with boats to suit your needs, whether it’s a
day hire with a group of friends, visiting cities or for a longer
Day Hire (River
Cruiser) from £130
Hire a Day Boat click here
Motor cruiser holidays (1 week)
from £670 Skippered
Choose a holiday with the On the
If you are hiring a boat, the licence is
included in the price. However if you are a buying a
boat, you will need to get a licence from the relevant
waterway authority. The type of licence you'll need depends on
the sort of boat you have, where you want to cruise and how long
you want to use it for. These can be purchased from one of the
three organisations which runs Britain's waterways.
Canal & River Trust manages most of the canals
and rivers including the Severn, Trent and Yorkshire Ouse.
The Environment Agency
manages the River Thames, the River Medway, and the rivers of
The Broads Authority manages
the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.
Video - Cruising the Great Glen Ways
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