The UK has a fantastic network of canals, making it a great place for family canal boat holidays. There are canals in England, Scotland and Wales and they pass through a variety of landscapes from rolling countryside to urban city centres. The canals are a remnant of the industrial revolution and over the years many fell into a state of disrepair. They have now been restored and they are a haven for many different species of wildlife, take you through the most beautiful countryside and provide a perfect holiday option.
They are good for a family holiday because everyone can get involved with steering the boat and operating the locks. The boats are easy to handle and they travel at a speed of around four miles per hour. Do not worry if you have never been on a boat before as full training will be given before you set off on your adventure. Family Canal Boat Holidays differ from a normal holiday in that the holiday is being on the boat and not about getting to a specific destination.
You will of course pass through villages, cities and glorious countryside along your way. You will see some tremendous feats of engineering such as the Blisworth and Braunston Tunnels on the Grand Union Canal and the Anderton Boat Lift on the Cheshire Ring. You can visit city centres, such as London, Birmingham and Manchester and stop off for a good night out. The next day you could be meandering peacefully along, surrounded by beautiful countryside and an abundance of wildlife.
The boats are spacious and comfortable and they are kitted out with stylish furniture and fittings. Most boats have sliding canopies and a sun deck so you can enjoy the fresh air when you choose to getaway during the warmer months of the year. The boats are available to hire from a few days to a few weeks and they are very reasonably priced and some companies include fuel, electricity and gas in the cost. Family canal boat holidays are a relatively inexpensive way to spend quality time with your family and to have lots of fun.