The waterways are an ideal way to explore the UK traversing urban, suburban and rural areas alike. With so much to explore and with so many destinations around the UK the choice can be a bit overwhelming, to help you pick, ‘Elms Moorings’ has come up with our top canal boat destinations for you to visit this spring.
The Ashby Canal – Leicestershire
The Ashby Canal was originally intended as a broad-gauge connection between the City of Coventry and the River Trent which it ultimately did not reach. It acted as an industrial highway, serving the coalfields of Moira and Measham in the north-west of the county.
It’s the ideal boating getaway for beginners as there are no locks to navigate and there is plenty to explore, particularly if you like history, as the canal touches the western edge of Bosworth Field near Sutton Cheney where the War of the Roses was Ultimately decided with the Death of Richard III and the succession to the throne of Henry Tudor.
The ‘Lanky’ Lancaster Canal
On the cusp of the Lake District the Lancaster Canal or the ‘Lanky’ as it’s affectionately known, has 41 miles of waterway to enjoy. Ideal for the beginner boater, there are now locks to figure out, so you can spend the vast majority of your time cruising up and down the waterways unimpeded. This particular canal also features breathtaking views from the Lune Aqueduct.
Lolling About on the Llangollen Canal
Famed not only for its rolling scenic vistas but for containing the UK’s largest and highest aqueduct the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (a UNESCO world heritage site) the Llangollen canal stretches from North Wales and crosses the border to join England, meeting the Shropshire Union canal at Hurlestone locks. You also get the Chirk Aqueduct, as well as the Castle and gardens to enjoy, should you wish to moor up.
The ‘Mon & Brec’ – Usk Valley, Wales
Another gem of a canal system is the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, that snakes it’s way through the Usk Valley. A mere stone’s throw from the Brecon Beacons national park, the canal also runs by the picturesque village of Llangynidr.
The Foss Dyke Canal
Lincolnshire’s own Foss Dyke Canal has a rich history with many key points of interest along the way. Thought to have been built by the Romans in 120AD the Fossdyke canal connects Lincoln to To the River Trent. Why not stop off at the historic Torksey locks and explore the local scenery including Torksey Castle?
You can always moor your canal boat up at ‘Elms Moorings’, with easy access to local amenities and a local pub/restaurant if you’re feeling thirsty or peckish.