Northamptonshire is a landlocked county in the West Midlands. Despite being landlocked, Northamptonshire is a wonderful place for a boating holiday as the Oxford and Grand Union Canals pass through this region. Canal boat holidays in Northamptonshire are great fun and the whole family can get involved. The boats can sleep varying numbers of people with berths anywhere up to twelve, so this is an excellent holiday for a family or for a group of friends.
A typical route you may follow on the Grand Union Canal visits Stoke Bruerne which is a wonderful canal boat museum. This is a very rural route and will take around seven days to complete. You will pass through the very pretty village of Foxton which has two, five lock staircases which are manned by a lock keeper.
You will also pass through Weedon which is famous for its antique shops and this is a good place to stop for lunch as there is a fine selection of pubs. This trip will take you through the Blisworth Tunnel which is about two miles long and is the third longest tunnel in the UK. Canal Boat Holidays in Northamptonshire will take you through some of the most charming and picturesque English countryside.
Where Can You Start Your Boating Holiday in Northamptonshire
There are two fantastic boatyards where you can enjoy your holiday from and these can be seen below in the map.
Canal Boats Really Are a Home From Home
The boats are spacious, light and airy. There is a fully equipped galley and large bedrooms and living area, almost a home from home. If this is your first time on a canal boat do not worry as full training will be given before you set off on how to navigate the boat, the rules of the waterways and much more.
Everyone can take a turn at steering the boat as they travel along at a top speed of around four miles per hour. As you meander along at a fast walking pace enjoy the scenery and fresh air, take in the sights and attractions and enjoy the slower pace of life. This really is one of the most perfect ways to relax and unwind.
Canal boat holidays in Northamptonshire are all about having fun and enjoying yourself, and getting to places you cannot on any other style of holiday. Sit up on the sun deck and watch the world go by and then stop off at a waterside pub and have a hearty meal and a refreshing pint of locally brewed ale. Visit a local beauty spot and have a picnic or go for a relaxing stroll, and many of the boatyards even allow our four legged friends to enjoy the journey. This holiday is a great way to recharge your batteries and getaway from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life.