Thinking of maybe doing one of these next summer. Has anyone been on one - if so where did you go, how did you find the boat, how old were the kids and would you recommend it? Looking forward to hearing all your holiday tales
Done this a few times - no time to give any details at the moment but it is FAB! Started when dcs were 3 and 5 years. TBH would probably recommend it for slightly older children as we were constantly on pins that the 3 yr old would jump in. Now they're 7 and 9 and we can totally relax. More later!
OK a bit more time now. Google canal boat hire, or go to Hoeseason website. There is absolutely no need to go far afield (unless you don't live anywhere near a cana of course...). We've done our local canal a few times, and it feels like a million miles away because it's such a slow pace, and you'll see a part of your world you don't normally see. We always go with friends and basically it ends up as one long pub crawl (pub drive...), but even if it's just a family holiday aim towards pubs anyway cos the fridges on board are pretty crap, small and don;t really keep stuff cold so you'll eat in pubs mostly. Also bear in mind although there will probably be places nearby en-route that you might want to visit you won't have a car so will need to walk or get taxis if you want to visit somewhere.
Locks are easy, but a bit daunting at first cos you usually end up sharing the lock wioth someone else who is an expert! The kids may be bored - tv recpetion will be crap, so take lots of books/games consoles/board games etc.