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Cruising the canals and rivers of England, Scotland and Wales 

Britain has over 2000 miles of navigable waterways. Until the middle of the twentieth century they were trade routes, carrying goods around the country. When roads were poor or non existant they were the most efficient method of transport. However over the last 50 years they have become used almost entirely for leisure and holidays, presenting a relaxed way to see the hidden countryside of the real Britain, away from the motorways and frantic holiday 'hot-spots'.

The waterways vary in character from wide rivers to narrow manmade canals, connecting towns and villages but also crossing some of our most beautiful countryside. Over 200 years they developed a culture and history of their own, unusually much of this has not been destroyed by 'progress'. Cruising these canals and rivers on a skippered hotelboat can carry you back to a place and way of life that was almost lost. 

How to find the hotelboat cruise you want

You have over 300 different hotelboat cruises to choose each year, exploring more than 40 canals and rivers across the UK. To make it easier to find the cruise you want we have split the waterways into 6 geographical areas.

Northern England cruises;

  • Ashton Canal
  • Huddersfield Narrow Canal
  • Leeds & Liverpool Canal
  • Macclesfield Canal
  • Peak Forest Canal
  • Rochdale Canal

Wales & North West England CRUiSES;

  • Bridgewater Canal
  • Caldon Canal
  • Llangollen Canal
  • Montgomery Canal
  • Manchester Ship Canal
  • Shropshire Union Canal
  • Trent & Mersey Canal
  • River Weaver

English Midlands CRUISES;

  • Ashby Canal
  • Birmingham & Fazely
  • Birmingham Canal Navs.
  • Coventry Canal
  • G.U. Leicester section
  • Stratford upon Avon Canal
  • Staffs & Worcs Canal
  • Worcester & Birmingham

Western ENGLAND CRUISES;

  • Droitwich Canal
  • Gloucester & Sharpness
  • River Avon
  • River Severn

SOUTHERN ENGLAND CRUISES;

  • Basingstoke Canal
  • Grand Union Canal
  • Kennet & Avon
  • Oxford Canal
  • Rivers Lee & Stort
  • River Thames

EASTERN ENGLAND CRUISES;

  • East Anglian Waterways
  • East Coast Rivers
  • River Nene
  • River Trent