A family adventure to remember
If you have never experienced a trip on a canal boat, I urge you to give it a go. A little unsure that a week might be too much? then just go for a weekend, I really don’t think you will be disappointed.
It’s the fact that it makes you slow down, unwind and relax and if you are on holiday surely that’s the idea.
We chose the Kennet & Avon Canal, as my family were coming from South Wales and South East England, so it was a bit like meeting in the middle.
Also, we had previously used Moonraker Luxury Canal Boats and were looking forward to using their boats again.
There are so many reason why we all loved it. So to try and encourage you to give it a go, I have put together our highlights.
Atmosphere – I think one of the main enjoyments for us, was that we all went with the same attitude.
Whatever the weather we were going to be all hands-on deck, no one shirked their responsibilities.
A special occasion – My parents 50th Wedding Anniversary was the reason we embarked on this adventure.
There were 3 generations aboard so with the easy pace of life it meant we could all enjoy it.
Needless to say 12 year old William, was the most enthusiastic when it came to the locks.
Being together – Between us we navigated our way through 48 locks, 4 swing bridges and 2 tunnels in 2.5 days – medals all around for us.
Enjoying nature – Boating certainly makes you appreciate the wonderful British countryside.
There is so much wildlife for you to admire, we even managed to see a kingfisher along the way.
Slowing down – Waking up to the fresh morning air, birds chirping around you and the slow canal waters flowing by.
It certainly is a different way of life.
Friendly folks – We found that the other people on the canals are extremely friendly, usually willing to give a smile or a wave.
If you respect them then they will respect you, some of these barges are permanent homes for some folk.
Relaxing time – Sipping your favourite tipple, be it a G&T, Prosecco or an ale (or a good old cup of tea), whilst moored up in the sunlight does take some beating.
Fond memories – As it was my parents 50th wedding anniversary we decorated the barge with balloons and banners.
They absolutely loved it and it certainly sparked up conversation with fellow boaters along the way.
Family time – One of the greatest treasures to take away are the family memories, we had such a laugh and constantly reminisce about our adventures.
Try and moor up of an evening slightly earlier, but as we were eating out each evening we had to ensure we were near pubs and restaurants.
These can be few and far between on some routes.
Also, we wanted to see as much as we could within on our few days away.
Point of Note
This is an absolutely fantastic way to spend time with your family and friends. If you can, try and make it a week long adventure it will be even more relaxing.
Inspired to take to the Kennet & Avon canal?
It’s a really great way to unwind, relax and slow life down a little.
The great thing is you do it at your own pace. If you’re interested in a littlre more info then why not check out out post ‘12 Useful tips for the infrequent boater.‘
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