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Merle Sat 11-Jul-09 22:48:01

We are would like to hire a boat for a week over the summer holidays. Our children are 7 & 10. Can anyone recommend an interesting area in which to float, together with any tips for novices.

bronze Sat 11-Jul-09 22:56:35

I would go for a canal with quite a few locks. As a child the locks were the fun bit. Somewhere like the grand union /rugby would work well.

Loshad Sat 11-Jul-09 23:07:43

we used to do the leeds liverpool as kids (ok so going back the odd year or twogrin) but lots of locks, good scenery, can stop eg at skipton and see castle/market, lots of canalside pubs.

Merle Sat 11-Jul-09 23:14:01

Thanks bronze & Loshad- will look into your suggestions. Like the idea of keeping the boys busy with locks.

bronze Sun 12-Jul-09 11:33:02

skiptons fun with the staircase

chelseamorning Sun 12-Jul-09 13:45:42

Tardebigge locks will keep them amused - about 30 odd in a row. Fabulous to see. It's on the Avon ring so you can probably pick up a suitable boat from Anglo Welsh Waterways.

MaureenMLove Sun 12-Jul-09 14:02:11

I'd suggest Skipton too. Many a happy holiday with the Kbears there for us too. I won't get to adventurous with lots and lots of locks though, they are exhausting and only fun for the kids for the first 5!!

bronze Mon 13-Jul-09 00:02:41

If doing a ring. Make sue you have the boat for the right amount of time

lyra41 Tue 14-Jul-09 07:07:50

You will have a fab time! We loved it. Sorry but I can't recommend any particular canals, but just to say what fun we had. All the fresh air and the feeling of freedom and getting away from cars was great.

Don't worry if you bump the boat quite a bit at the beginning, it's par for the course and everyone does. We found that very stressful at first then realised that the boats are pretty sturdy and that's why they give you a big stick to push yourself off the side when you get stuck etc.

growingup Tue 14-Jul-09 07:10:56

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serinBrightside Tue 14-Jul-09 19:06:39

Black Prince Holidays have boats on the Cheshire ring.

I grew up beside the Leeds-Liverpool canal and it was grim. You would have to stick very close to Skipton grin

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