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Boat Centre, Eynsham, Witney, Oxon, OX29 4DA

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The obvious choice for the client looking for a Short Break narrowboat holiday from the hustle and bustle of London or Reading, our base on the Thames is growing a great reputation!

Meander through classic, unspoilt scenery on the canal and slow-flowing stretches of the Thames and choose your cruise to a picturesque South Cotswold Town, a world famous centre of learning or the bright lights and 24/7 bustle of our capital city.

Peace. Quiet. Quaintness. Lechlade is a couple of days leisurely cruising to the west of the base – the highest town to which the Thames is navigable. You’ll find St John’s Lock with its statue of Old Father Thames overlooking the water and the bridge where poet Shelley composed ‘A Summer Evening Churchyard’. Idyllic Britain. The perfect place to moor up for a family picnic, or for the grown ups to enjoy a riverside pub lunch.

In the other direction, and just 3 hours south of the base, you’ll reach ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’ where ancient, modern, classic and contemporary come together. Oxford offers something for everyone and is the perfect place to moor up and explore.

A longer two week return cruise to the east for the more adventurous will get you to London and back through peaceful countryside, past Reading, Henley and Windsor to the leading edge of 21st century urban life. It’s a journey through time, so take your time to take it all in.

For further information please consult the Pearson (P) or Nicholson (N) Guides indicated above and found here.

Routes: South of England Circuit
Waterways: River Thames, South Oxford Canal, London's Waterways

Below is a selection of Narrowboat routes that we have hand picked to help you decide which holiday you would like to take.


So why choose Anglo Welsh?

Over 55 years providing unique canal boat holidays in England and Wales.
Modern and spacious narrowboat and wide beam barge hire – from 2 to 12 berths.
Wide choice of narrowboat hire locations and canal boat holiday destinations.
Canal boat holiday routes for novices & experienced boaters.
Flexible holiday booking, no hidden costs.
Family friendly and pet friendly holidays.
Great days out on the water.
Luxury canal boat hire and Thames boating holidays.

Anglo Welsh. So much more than narrowboats

...but don't just take our word for it




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