Summer is just around the corner and with that, there’s no better time than now to get out and enjoy the great British countryside and that includes the great British Waterways Network.
Originally designed for transporting industrial goods to and from major cities the canals have become the ideal pastime for holidaymakers and even permanent residences for some.
As if you needed more of an excuse to give it a try and start “messing about on the river”. Elms Moorings thought we’d compile this handy guide, to emphasise just how great canal boating holidays can be.
Canal boat holidays are relaxing
If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy life then a week on a canal boat could be the ideal spring getaway. Life on the canals is typically slower, cruising along a narrow waterway at roughly 3 or 4 mph taking in the surrounding vistas is certainly one way to help reduce stress and give you some much needed “me” time.
Narrow boats are a great way to explore the countryside
On the canals, you’ll always be travelling from one place to the next, unless you decide to stay in a particular place for an extended length of time. You can moor up and take a tour of the local area or cruise on the boat; it’s up to you. Whatever you decide there’s a sense of freedom you simply don’t get with other types of holidays.
Canal boat breaks are cheaper than you’d think
Prices usually tend to escalate in the summer months typically June to August, but you can still find a reasonably priced 2-4-berth narrow boat for hire at a reasonable rate (£200 per week per person on average) which compared to hotel prices for the same length of stay, comes out quite favourably. Plus you won’t get the same sense of freedom as you would with a narrow boat.
Whether you’re a newbie to canal boats or a seasoned skipper, Elms Moorings provide a tranquil and picturesque place to moor your narrowboat as you take in the sights of Lincolnshire.