It’s the little details that make meandering through the British waterways perfect
Ahh, there’s no better way to discover the British countryside than hopping on a canal boat and letting the world go by around you.
Watching kingfishers nosedive for their dinner, ducklings frantically paddling along trying to keep up with their mum. And folks just out for afternoon strolls.
It doesn’t get more relaxing.
Oh yes, then there’s the alluring call of the waterside country pub, offering local ales to wash down their hearty homemade meals.
Our boating tips
Everyone loves itFrom young to old - it's great family fun
Our last trip with my family was to celebrate my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary, and we took to the water on a luxury narrowboat. You’d be amazed at what you’ll find on some of these beautiful boats.
We hired our wide beam narrowboat from the family-run business Moonraker Canalboats, located along the Kennet and Avon Canal. Their boats are amazing, you can even choose one with a jacuzzi.
Get the most from your Canalboat experiencewith our little pointers
So, if this is your first time on a canal boat or even if it’s just been a while since you’ve taken to the water, I’ve compiled some useful tips for you.
These handy hints will make the joy of canal boating even more relaxing.
Safety is paramount, particularly with children; it is so easy to become complacent. As your confidence builds, you take these heavyweight goliaths for granted. I don’t want to sound negative; however, it is essential.
See the additional comment from Jim
More tales and experiences from the waterways
Who doesn't love life at a slower pace on the waterways? Whether it is experiencing the countryside, socialising by the waterside or feeling at one-to-one with nature?
We have a series of posts that may inspire you on your next adventure.
An additional tipCourtesy of Jim
“Never Run Near A Lock”
As quaint and cute as locks look, this is Victorian industrial technology.
There is no safety barrier, no man in a high viz jacket telling you what not to do or there to save you if you fall in.
It’s one of the reasons I love narrowboating, you are left to your own devices with an umpty ton house boat and it’s up to you to be safe, refreshing in this day and age.
Pick a Captain, it’s then their responsibility to make sure everybody is being safe.
No running, no lose ropes to trip, stove off when in the lock, etc.
Apart from that, enjoy the slow pace that’s just active enough to stop me from getting bored (unlike sitting on a beach, blech)
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