Best spring days out canal boating
If you’re looking for a great day out this spring, why not hire a canal boat for the day and enjoy cruising through the countryside.
You can enjoy seeing the spring blossom on the trees and hedges, spring lambs playing in the fields, ducklings, goslings and cygnets on the water, and bluebells in canalside woodlands.
We offer canal boat day boat hire from six of our bases, from just £99 per day for up to 10 people.
Tuition is included and our day boats are equipped with the things you need for a day afloat, including a kettle, cooker, fridge and toilet. Our day boats are pet-friendly too.
Here’s a guide to our top six day boat hire destinations on the canals in England and Wales this spring:
1. Float across The Stream in the Sky
On a day afloat from Trevor on the Llangollen Canal, you can cruise across to the World Heritage Status Pontcysyllte Aqueduct to Chirk and back. As you cross, you’ll be 38 metres high above the Dee Valley with amazing views of the spring countryside. You can stop to enjoy a drink or a meal at the Bridge Inn at Chirk Bank or the Poacher’s Pocket at Gledrid. The journey to Chirk and back takes five hours.
2. Potter through the Warwickshire countryside to Wilmcote
From Wootton Wawen you can cruise south along the Stratford Canal to the village of Wilmcote and back. The journey will take you across the Edstone Aqueduct, the longest aqueduct in England, with views across the Warwickshire countryside. From moorings at the top of the Wilmcote flight, it’s a short walk into the village to the Mary Arden Inn. The journey to Wilmcote and back takes five hours.
3. Cruise through the Staffordshire countryside to Rugeley
From Great Haywood, near Stafford, you can cruise to the historic market town of Rugeley and back. You’ll pass through the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Along the way, you can stop for a drink or a meal at the Wolseley Arms at Wolseley Bridge. The journey to Rugeley and back takes six hours.
4. Travel through the Worcestershire countryside to Kings Norton
From Tardebigge near Bromsgrove you can cruise along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to Kings Norton. You’ll pass through two tunnels and the remains of the Forest of Arden. You can stop off to enjoy a drink or a meal at the canalside Crown pub at Alvechurch. The journey to Kings Norton and back takes around six hours.
5. Navigate through the Cheshire countryside to Nantwich
On a day out from Bunbury on the Shropshire Union Canal near Tarporley, you can cruise to Nantwich and back. The lock-free journey takes you past the canalside Barbridge Inn. And across the impressive Nantwich Aqueduct, with panoramic views across the town. The journey to Nantwich and back takes around six hours.
6. Travel slowly through the Shropshire countryside to historic Whitchurch
From Whixall on the Prees Branch of the Llangollen Canal, you can reach the historic market town of Whitchurch. You’ll pass the Hadley Farm Café along the way and there’s a good choice of places to eat in Whitchurch, including the Black Bear pub. The journey to Whitchurch and back takes around five hours.
To find out more and to book one of our day boats, go to https://www.anglowelsh.co.uk/our-boats/our-dayboat-fleet/
Or call us on 0117 304 1122.
To find out more about visiting the canal network, go to https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/Tags: days out, hire a canal boat for the day, Llangollen Canal, pet friendly days out, Shropshire Union Canal, Straford Canal, Trent & Mersey Canal, Worcester & Birmingham Canal