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Crusing Guides

For crews that have never been on a narrowboat holiday before, we realise that there is an awful lot of information to take in, both before and at the start of the holiday itself.

To help make things a little easier we have put together some sample trips. The idea is simply to give you a route that we know you will enjoy and to try to take away some of the uncertainty on your first trip. Click here to view.

One of the great attractions of this type of holiday is the complete freedom it offers. You can choose to eat out in pubs and restaurants, or eat on board. You can moor up in towns and villages, or out in the middle of nowhere. For our guides we have assumed that you will want to eat out at all times, but you can of course make adjustments to suit yourselves. If you are planning to eat aboard at all, you should think ahead about your shopping as shops can be pretty thin on the ground away from the towns! We have tried to highlight shopping opportunities to assist you, since although there is storage space on board, you will need to remember that this space is limited by the physical size (or lack of it) of the boat. We have also given phone numbers for certain recommended pubs etc. as you may wish to call ahead to ensure that they are serving food at the times you require. There may also be days on which they do not serve food at all!

These journey plans are based on a small crew, perhaps just the two of you, or even Mum, Dad and two young children, and are therefore deliberately 'easy'. We have set easy days that do not involve too many locks or too many hours actual cruising. You may find, once you get into things, that you want to cruise for more hours each day and cover more ground. That is of course fine, but you just need to remember to plan the timings to allow you to return to the base on time.

We absolutely recommend that you use our Viking guide notes in conjunction with the excellent Canal Companion Guides published by Pearson's. A copies can be purchased from our booking office (01905 610660), or at the hire base on your arrival. Click here to view Peason's Guides.

The canals are a 200 year old, man-made navigation system and you should always bear in mind that minor things can go wrong from time to time! Delays can occur for any number of reasons and so you should consider setting out on each leg of your journey in good time to avoid any problems towards the end of the day. We must remind you that cruising after dusk is not allowed under the terms of our insurance.

Finally, the waterways are a resource to be enjoyed by everyone and we would ask you to respect other users. Please slow down when going past other boats, particularly when they are moored, otherwise you may pull out their mooring pins or cause the occupants to have an accident. Fishermen generally prefer you to slow down when going past them, but it is important to try to stay in the centre of the canal where the water is deepest. By all means smile and wave hello to them, but they may not reciprocate! Fellow boaters on the other hand will nearly always respond cheerfully and if you get into difficulties, don't be too proud to ask for advice.

We hope that you find our in-house cruising guides helpful and we would really welcome any feedback you may have afterwards, so that we can incorporate it into our guides for the benefit of future customers.

Have a great holiday.

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