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UK Canal Boat Holidays

Posted on 6th October 2015 at 12:51pm

The Best Canal Holidays In The UK

UK Canal HolidaysAlthough the weather is quite chilly outside right now, we decided to look at the best UK Canal holidays for 2016.

Canal holidays are a great way to see some of the hidden treasures of the UK, they are also a great way to relax and glide along the water while watching the world go by.

The Norfolk Broads are famous all around the world, and it’s no wonder when you look at what it has to offer.

However, there are some equally fantastic canal holiday destinations as you’ll see in our list below.

Canal holidays really are the most idyllic and peaceful UK holidays in our opinion with plenty of places to stop off for shopping, eating, drinking, walking etc..

Top Four UK Canal Holidays

We have put together our top four UK canal holidays for people who want to have a holiday with a difference.

Norfolk Broads

Not quite a canal but how can you write an article about holidays on the water without mentioning the Norfolk Broads!

The Norfolk Broads is a must visit for anyone looking for a special journey along tranquil open waterways. Tens of thousands of people visit the Norfolk Broads each year to take a well-earned break. However, even more people visit for day trips and picnics.

For people who love canal boat holidays, the Norfolk Broads has to be the number one canal holiday for people wishing to experience the beauty of Norfolk.

There is just such a vast array of water sport activities, canal side pubs, restaurants and shops.

There are also other activities and places to keep you interested such as BeWilderwood, quite a unique tree house adventure park, Burgh Castle with its amazing views and Somerleyton Hall and Gardens.

Another amazing thing about the Norfolk Broads is that you get to see so much natural and rare wildlife such as the UK biggest butterfly, the Swallowtail butterfly, grey seals or even the extremely shy Chinese water deer.

The Grand Ring

The Grand Ring has 175 locks. You start you canal holiday from Teddington Lock in West London and experience some of the most famous landmarks in the UK. They include Hampton Court, Windsor Castle, Eton and Henley.

The Grand Ring is quite unique in our opinion because it incorporates so many well know places to visit.

Plus you can enjoy a truly idyllic holiday whilst only being a short hop from the hustle and bustle of London, especially when you consider part of the ring actually goes through central London.

You will need an extra license for the Thames Ring section as well as at least two weeks, preferably three if you want to really enjoy everything there is to offer along the way.

The Four Counties Ring

For people looking for a canal holiday that offers so many wonderful sights to see, the Four Counties Ring is a perfect choice.

You get to experience the wonderful sights of Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire with 50 hours of cruising. The canal has 94 locks and the Harecastle Tunnel that is over a mile long.

The Four Counties Ring consists of three very different canals and one seven mile stretch know as the “Heartbreak Hill” with 26 locks which will test anybody!


Wales is a wonderful place to visit, and that is why so many people from all around take a Llangollen canal holiday. It has over 40 locks and is 112 miles long with some of the best sights in Wales.

It includes the famous “Chirk Tunnel” and “Pontcysyllte Aqueduct” which are absolutely spectacular and are worth visiting for these reasons alone. This majestic canal route also passes through the foothills of Snowdonia.

You’ll also find plenty of things to do along the way such as shops, pubs, local attractions even cycle hire if you feel the need as well as horse drawn boat trips.

There’s unbelievable scenery all the way on this route and if you would prefer a stretch with fewer locks then the 30 mile long section between Llangollen and Whitchurch has only two.
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