If you want to take a break with a difference, why not opt for a Canal Weekend? Getting away from it all does not mean that you have to travel far and you can have a weekend away without even leaving your home county, as each has a network of canals that are ideal for short breaks.
Lancashire is not as well known as other counties for a Canal boat holiday, but there are several routes which are worth trying. The Ribble Link is one of the country’s youngest waterways. It runs for four miles and connects the Lancaster Canal with other navigable waterways. It has created a canal from the Savick Brook, which is tidal and therefore can only reasonably be used at certain times. The Link skirts around the city of Preston and runs into the Ribble river. There are a total of 9 locks and as all boats are assisted during their cruise along this waterway you need to book in advance, and this can take some time out of your Canal Weekend. It might be best to plan a route that has fewer locks if you are only going away for a few days, this will give you more time to explore.
Leicester boasts part of the Grand Union Canal which runs through hills and countryside of the county. Once sailors have navigated the Watford Locks there are 20 miles of canal with no interruptions. You can sail through the Crick tunnel and if you happen to be in that particular village in May you can stop off for the annual boat show. Other potential stopping points along the way include the town of Market Harborough, Welford village and the wildlife reserve at Saddington Reservoir.
Whichever county you live in you can be sure that you are never far away from a potential holiday. The vast number of canals in the country means that you can drive a short distance to the nearest hire place then sail for miles at a time. Even if you are only on a short Canal Weekend you will find that the distance you can cover is fairly considerable.