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We have a choice of UK starting locations for you to explore our many canal boat holidays routes.


Aldermaston Wharf in Berkshire

Aldermaston

Windsor Castle - An official residence of HM The Queen Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Visit the State Apartments and marvel at the vast amount of treasures from the Royal collection. Take a guided tour which gives you a chance to take a glance at life at this magnificent castle.

Reading - For a shoppers paradise visit The Oracle which is situated in the heart of the town centre which combines chic boutiques with major department stores. For a vast choice of dining experiences visit one of the many Riverside restaurants, cafes and bars which stretch along banks of the River Kennet.

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Alvechurch Marina in Worcestershire

Alvechurch

Black Country Museum- See the historic building brought to life and meet the characters who lived and worked in bygone times, there will be a warm welcome awaiting you at the Bottle and Glass where you can try a traditional pint of Black Country Real Ale.

Cadburys World - At the world famous chocolate factory take a tour and see the your favourite chocolate being made, visit the museum and learn the history of chocolate from the Aztec's to present day.

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Anderton Marina in Cheshire

Anderton

Anderton Boat Lift - Visit the boat lift and visitor centre and marvel at the 60ft high hydraulic lift system which transports narrowboats from the Trent and Mersey canal to the River Weaver.

Chester - Famous for the magnificent cathedral and for the city walls explore the Roman Amphitheatre and take a tour of the city with a real Roman.

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Blackwater Marina in Shropshire

Blackwater

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - Built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop and opened in 1805 it spans 1000 feet over the Dee Valley, cross over in a narrow boat and experience the feeling of being suspended in mid air.

Llangollen - World famous for the annual International Musical Eisteddfod when each July over 4,000 competitors from more than fifty countries come together in a gala of song, music and dance.

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Falkirk Marina in Stirlingshire

Falkirk

Falkirk - Take a trip on the stunning Falkirk Wheel the world's first rotating boat lift. Opened in 2002 by the Queen this remarkable lift is a piece of working art and a monument to the future. Experience the thrill of the Wheel as you are lifted 115 ft from the Forth and Clyde to the Union Canal. The town of Falkirk has a number of historical buildings, museums and galleries to visit.

Callendar House - Telling stories that span 600 years of Scottish history this house has played host to many great historical figures over the centuries, including Mary, Queen of Scots, Cromwell and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Experience life in the 1820s and sample authentic Georgian food and discover what life was like below stairs as the kitchen staff go about their daily tasks. Pop into the gift shop or the The Park Gallery and stay for a cream tea at the Teashop at the Stables.

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Gailey Marina in Staffordshire

Gailey

Stourport Basins - discover the historic heart of Stourport-on-Severn and its unique origins as a canal town. The Stourport Canal Basins are made up of five historic basins and are home to nearly 100 beautifully painted and colourful narrow boats.

Tardebigge - the thirty locks in the Tardebigge Flight make it the largest flight of locks in Britain and raise the Worcester and Birmingham Canal up 220 feet through some delightful countryside. Complete this feat of engineering and get a real feeling of satisfaction as you look back on this magnificent flight of locks.

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Gayton Marina in Northamptonshire

Gayton

Gayton - The pretty village is set in the Northamptonshire countryside with views to the upper Nene Valley close to the Northampton arm of The Grand Union Canal the village name is linked to the canal and gives its name to Gayton Junction where the Northampton Arm leads to the River Nene.

Milton Keynes - A new city and a place that combines fun and enjoyment of city living with leisure activities see the world famous Concrete Cows designed by Canadian born artist Liz Leyh.

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Goytre Marina in Monmoutshire

Goytre

Goytre - An ideal location to view the majestic beauty of the Welsh countryside. Discover the hidden valley of Cwm Lasgarn which literally translates to the valley of the pile of blue stones or make the arduous climb to the summit of Mynydd Garn Wen - one of the highest peaks in Monmouthshire.

Abergavenny - This vibrant and unspoilt market town acts as the Gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park. Moor up and visit Abergavenny Museum which is set in the grounds of a ruined Norman Castle. Enjoy a picnic in the grounds during the summer or take a stroll past the castle and into the castle meadows, these large meadows take you past the River Usk and to the bridge at Llanfois.

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Hilperton Marina in Wiltshire

Hilperton

Hilperton - One of the Uks largest villages in the county of Wiltshire and separated from Trowbridge by only a few fields the Kennett and Avon weaves through the village leading to spectacular scenery between the Thames and the River Avon at Bristol.

Bath - Visitors to Bath can take advantage of the many waterside walks from the gentle tow paths of the beautiful Kennett and Avon Canal to the banks of the River Avon Walk follow in the footsteps of the Romans at the Roman Baths marvel at The Royal Crescent one of Bath's best known landmarks.

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March Marina in Cambridgeshire

March

Ely - The attractive waterfront is a focal point for boating, cyclists and walkers. The city is well known for its cathedral, whose famous lantern tower can be seen for miles around both day and night. Antique centres are predominantly found among the ancient narrow streets. A short uphill walk and you will find yourself in the City of Ely itself.

Peterborough - Entertainment for the whole family is available at Ferry Meadows Country Park which has a watersports centre and lakes for fishing, boating and sailing. Queensgate shopping centre and the theatre is alongside the embankment. Nene Valley Railway is worth a visit as an international steam railway and home to Thomas the Tank Engine.

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Market Harborough Marina in Leicestershire

Market Harborough

Market Harborough - Located on the borders of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire this is a busy market town mid-way between Leicester and Northampton a branch of the Canal was opened in 1809 and joins The Grand Union Canal and The Grand Union Leicester Line at the nearby Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks - Situated on the Grand Union Canal the flight of locks at Foxton was built in 1810 by W H Gwynne a very popular location with boaters, walkers and cyclists visit the Foxton Museum or watch the colourful boats make their way through the locks. Visit the museum

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Reedley Marina in Lancashire

Reedley

Skipton - As the gateway to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, people travel the length and breadth of the country to visit this charming market town. With its famous 900 year old castle, romantic ruined priory and historic cobbled High Street.

Saltaire - this beautiful village has World Heritage status - named after Sir Titus Salt who sited his textile mills beside the Canal and built the village for his workers.

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Rugby Marina in Warwickshire

Rugby

Rugby - Visit the School's Close where William Webb Ellis first picked up the ball and the game of Rugby began. Rugby town centre is an ideal place for a relaxed and enjoyable shopping expedition with a wide range of shops and stores on offer also a brilliant selections of places to eat and drink.

Braunston - Where the Grand Union and Oxford Canal meet a perfect place to moor and watch the brightly coloured narrow boats pass by. Walk into the village of Braunston and have lunch and a pint of real ale at one of the village locals. Braunston - where the Grand Union and Oxford Canal meet a perfect place to moor and watch the brightly coloured narrow boats pass by. Walk into the village of Braunston and have lunch and a pint of real ale at one of the village locals.

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Whitchurch Marina in Shropshire

Whitchurch

Chester - Step off the pages of history and take a tour of Chester with a real Roman and learn what everyday life would have been like in Roman Chester. Discover 1,000 of shops behind the magnificent black and white buildings in Chester's' high street and stroll around Chester's Rows where 21st century stores thrive in a Medieval setting.

Ellesmere - A pretty and historic market town nestling in the Shropshire countryside the town's architecture includes Georgian houses and half timbered buildings which offer a host of shops selling everything from antiques to fine food. At the visitors centre view the nesting Herons or take a gentle stroll around the famous Meres.

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Wrenbury Marina in Cheshire

Wrenbury

Wrenbury - The clock is turned back a few hundred year when you visit this pretty village in the heart of Cheshire. It boats a village green and beautiful rose-covered cottages with flower filled gardens dating back to the 17th century. There are two pubs and a village stores. On this stretch of the Shropshire canal you will find a series of single-span timber bridges that are lowered and raised by counter-balancing beam weights.

Whitchurch - A bustling market town situated close to the Llangollen Canal and nearby to the superb flight of staircase locks at Grindley Brook. Visit Whitchurch Heritage Centre and spend time with J.B.Joyce, the oldest clock makers in the world. You can unearth Roman treasure and meet a musical knight - Sir Edward German, composer of 'Merrie England'

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Worcester Marina in Woercestershire

Worcester

Worcester - Built on the banks of the River Severn the city is famous worldwide for its beautiful porcelain rich in heritage the Cathedral dominates the skyline. Worcester offers a unique shopping experience mixing the high street stores with an unrivalled choice of one-off independent retailers.

The Royal Worcester Visitor Centre - Take a guided around the Centre a learn the techniques of the skilled artists even have a go at painting your own plate. The shops stock a wide range of quality china, porcelain and gift ware with great savings.

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Llangollen:
Llangollen

Cruise from Blackwater Meadow along the Llangollen Canal one of the most spectacular in Great Britain. Only hours away is situated the magnificent Pontcysyllte Aqueduct built over the beautiful Dee valley. Built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop and opened in 1805 it spans 1000 feet and is 125 feet high. Cross over in a narrow boat and experience the feeling of being suspended in mid air.

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