Canal FAQ

Canal Holiday Advice

3000km Of Canal To Explore...

How Do I Decide Which Canal To Cruise?

All canal holidays have some things in common; the fresh air, beautiful countryside, the relaxing pace and sense of freedom, a chance to refresh friendships old and new. Most canals boast fine scenery and plenty of interesting things to see and do, but with 3000km of canal to choose from you need to decide what sort of holiday you want and which is your ideal route.

What Do I Want From My Canal Holiday?

Do you want to potter along gently, unconcerned about your destination, drinking in the country air with your feet up, or do you want to reach somewhere in particular? Do want to tackle stairways of locks and dive into long dark tunnels, or are you more content to gaze at the sun flickering on the water as you amble past watermeadows? With such a wealth of options it pays to put some thought in to what you’d most like to get from your canal holiday. We can help.

Our Canal Guides give more detailed information about most of the canal cruising network.

We also consider more detail a number of features that might attract you in particular to the canals. For instance, if its peace and quiet you’re really pining for, then some canals are quieter because because they aren’t connected to the main system. If its hustle and bustle you’re after, or you want to see historic or city locations we can advise. And if you don’t want to use any locks at all then one canal has 42 lock free miles! Click to see our hints and tips on choosing the right canal.

Can We Visit A City In Our Canal Boat?

Birmingham has more canals than Venice! Due to the nature of how and why the canals were built (to bring raw materials to the factories and products to markets), the cities of England are well serviced by the canal network and many canals pass through the heart of the hustle and bustle. Gas Street in Birmingham or Canal Street in Manchester are good examples, but many other cities have significant canal environments including Chester, Bristol, Liverpool, London, Oxford, Edinburgh, Warwick and Stratford.

How Can We Be More Adventurous In Our Choice Of Canal Holiday?

For the more experienced cruiser, the circular routes can feel more of an adventure than ‘there and back again’ cruising. Rings vary in length, and they might not be ideal for everyone, but each Canal Guide includes rings that the canal is part of. A few hire companies offer one-way hires, such as one way cruises over the Pennine canals between Yorkshire and Lancashire.

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