Treat Mum to a Day out on the Canal this Mother’s Day

A family day out from Bunbury

Along with a stop at a canalside pub or a picnic afloat, spending time out on the water with family can make the perfect way to treat mum this Mother’s Day.


We offer day boat hire from several of our bases across England and Wales, meaning a relaxing day out is never too far away. For as little as £99 for the day, you can stop-off for a shop in Nantwich from our base in Bunbury, enjoy a pub lunch a short cruise away from Great Haywood, take in the tranquil landscapes of the Forest of Arden departing from Tardebigge and much, much more.


After booking, you’ll receive a handy leaflet which includes route guidance and on arrival, you’ll receive a full-handover and tuition from our knowledgeable staff.


Cruise through the Countryside from Bunbury

You can reach Nantwich on a day afloat from our canal boat rental base in Bunbury on the Shropshire Union Canal near Tarporley. The two-hour journey takes you through six peaceful miles of countryside, past the canalside Barbridge Inn and across the impressive Grade II listed Nantwich Aqueduct with panoramic views across the town. There are no locks along the way, making it a leisurely day, perfect for narrowboat novices.


Stop-off for a Pub Lunch on a Journey Starting in Great Haywood

On a day out from Great Haywood; you can cruise to the historic market town of Rugeley. On just a four-mile journey, you will pass through two locks and encounter the National Trust’s Shugborough Estate and Cannock Chase Forest- a designated area of outstanding beauty. Mooring up at bridge 68, you can either explore the town or choose to turn back and go for a canalside pub lunch at The Wolseley Arms.


Take in the Beautiful Scenery from Tardebigge

From our base at Tardebigge you can cruise along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal to Kings Norton Junction. The 8-mile journey is lock-free and takes around two and a half hours with views of the Forest of Arden included! There are also two canal tunnels along the way, one of which is one of the longest in the country. If the calming atmosphere and views isn’t enough to entice you, there’s also a good selection of pubs to stop at; you could try The Crown, The Weighbridge or the Hopwood House.


Enjoy a Nature-Filled Journey from Whixall

If you think mum would prefer a quiet day out in the countryside, Whixall may be the perfect location. After cruising through two lift bridges, you can marvel at rare plants and wetland birds, just remember to keep an eye on the time and return the boat by 4pm!


Unwind on a Gentle Cruise from Wootton Wawen

Enjoy a relaxing cruise to Wilmcote from our base in Wootton Wawen; you’ll get the chance to test out your lock skills on the “Odd Lock” and glide over the 28ft high Edstone Aqueduct, whilst taking in some beautiful countryside scenery. You’ll also get the chance to see some canalside wildlife, receiving visits from hungry ducklings and swans.


Cruise Across Thomas Telford’s World-Famous Aqueduct from Trevor

For some truly spectacular views, float across ‘The Stream in the Sky’ from our hire base at Trevor on the Llangollen Canal in North Wales, it’s just a stone’s throw away from The World Heritage Status Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. The aqueduct stands at 38 metres high and 305 metres across the Dee Valley. For anyone not interested in heights, you can always head west of the base to the idyllic Welsh village of Llangollen. Here you can find The Steam Railway, as well as The Riverside Park and numerous places to enjoy an afternoon tea with mum.


To view day boat availability and book, please follow this link.


If you don’t have quite enough time for a full day out on the waterways, our trip boat “Little Star” will be operating skippered cruises across the UNESCO World Heritage Status Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. “Little Star” trips will depart at 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March. Trips depart from Canal Wharf, Trevor, Llangollen LL20 7TT.  Booking in advance is advised. To read more about this, please follow this link.


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Share your holiday memories with Anglo Welsh

We are launching a photography competition to celebrate 55 Years of Anglo Welsh holidays

This year Anglo Welsh celebrates 55 years of providing canal boat holidays.  During this time, we’ve welcomed hundreds of thousands of narrowboat holidaymakers to the waterways.

From humble beginnings, with just one narrowboat hire base and Market Harborough in 1966, we’ve become one of the largest narrowboat holiday operators in the UK, with 160 boats for hire from 11 bases in England and Wales.

Things have changed quite a bit in that time, with over £1.5billion invested in the upkeep of the waterways by Canal & River Trust, and we have invested significantly to transformation in the standard of accommodation on board our boats.

Please help us to celebrate our anniversary

To celebrate our anniversary, we would love to share memories of your holidays through an online gallery of Anglo Welsh waterway holiday photos.

We welcome images from your past holidays, as well as those you take when you holiday with us this year.

Competition categories

We are offering a £100 voucher off your 2022 holiday* to each of the winners we select under the following four categories:

1.    Historic – anything from the previous millennium but the older the better!

2.    Pets afloat – dogs, cats, budgies, bunnies – whichever furry or feathered friend enjoyed your narrowboat holiday with you, we’d love to see a photo of them afloat

3.    Family Adventures – holiday snaps which include images of your family enjoying an Anglo Welsh holiday

4.    Iconic sites – images of your holiday where you experienced one of the Wonders of the Waterways, or another major aqueduct, tunnel or flight of locks (e.g. Caen Hill, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Chirk Aqueduct, Edstone Aqueduct, Blisworth Tunnel, Tardebigge Flight, Hatton Flight, Bingley Five Rise Locks, Anderton Boat Lift, etc)

How to enter the competition

Please send your photo(s) to with a caption for each, giving us as much information as you can, including your name and other information if you can remember, such as where the photo was taken, which year, which base you set out from and the name of the boat.  Please put ‘Photo gallery’ in the subject heading.  You can also enter the competition by posting on our social media channels @AngloWelsh on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Links to our social media channels can be found on our homepage

Up to three images per entrant are permitted.  The competition is open to entries from 26 May 2021. Entries must be submitted by 31 August 2021.

*Winners will be announced and vouchers issued on 30 September 2021


Please click here to see our competition Terms & Conditions

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Plan your 2021 canal boat holiday adventure with our bucket list guide

Canal boat holidays are a wonderful way to explore the countryside and some of Britain’s most exciting historic attractions. With the narrowboat as your mobile floating holiday home, you can moor up in a new spot every night, and discover fascinating things to see and do along the way.

To help you plan the perfect narrowboat holiday adventure in 2021, here’s a guide to some of our canal boat holiday musts:

1. Be wowed by the wildlife
Canals and rivers are home to an incredible array of wildlife, from rare mammals, birds and amphibians to many species of plants. Even in cities, canals provide green corridors, enabling animals and plants to flourish. If you are vigilant and have a pair of binoculars at the ready, you may be able to spot some of the rarer and shier waterway inhabitants such as water voles, otters and kingfishers, as well as the more common water birds, like ducks, swans, coots, moorhens and geese. You can also take a look down at the water to spy fish, frogs, toads, newts, or up at the sky to see bats, owls, woodpeckers, hedgerow birds and birds of prey.

2. Visit a historic town or city
The waterways were once the primary means of transport and communication between centres of industry and commerce, so they pass through many exciting historic towns and cities. You can choose a route which takes you to some of Britain’s best preserved ancient cities, including Bath, Oxford and Chester, all with an impressive array of beautiful historic buildings to admire. The canals can also take you into the heart of bustling cities, like Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham and to historic market towns, such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Devizes, Llangollen, Whitchurch, Bradford on Avon and Abingdon.

3. Marvel at the historic engineering of the canals
Most of our canals were built over 200 years ago during the Industrial Revolution, starting with the opening of the Bridgewater Canal in 1761. Despite their age, the canals still use, for the most part, the same engineering structures – lock gates, swing bridges, tunnels and aqueducts. There are some particularly impressive feats of historic engineering which are worth trying to incorporate into your canal boat holiday route, such as the incredible lock flights at Tardebigge on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, the Kennet & Avon Canal at Caen Hill or the Grand Union Canal at Hatton. There are many famous tunnels, such as the Chirk Tunnel on the Llangollen Canal, the Harecastle Tunnel on the Trent & Mersey Canal and the Blisworth Tunnel on the Grand Union Canal. And there are soaring aqueducts to glide across, including the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal and the Edstone Aqueduct on the Stratford Canal.

4. Enjoy a pint at a canalside pub
From busy city boozers to rustic country inns, the canals are lined with wonderful pubs where you can enjoy a pint, shoot the breeze and watch the world float by. During the years when canals provided key transport thoroughfares, many pubs sprung up along their routes to cater for the canal workers who would travelling up and down the country delivering their cargo. To this day, some of the country’s oldest and most characterful taverns are found along our canals, so enjoy taking some time out from boating to enjoy a warm canalside pub welcome.

5. Explore on foot
Canal towpaths offer thousands of miles of wonderful walking and cycling routes and hundreds of footpaths connect into waterway paths. These include some of Britain’s most famous walking routes, such as the Pennine Way, the Offa’s Dyke Path, the Heart of England Way and the Shropshire Way. Plan some lovely circular walks to explore more of the gorgeous unspoilt countryside through which you are passing, or the historic towns and villages you moor up in.

6. Stop off at a castle or stately home
Britain has a wealth of historic properties to visit, from castle ruins to perfectly preserved stately homes. People travel from all over the world to see these treasures and a canal boat holiday is the perfect way to reach some of our nation’s most amazing sights. Many stately homes house incredible art collections and antique furnishing, as well as landscaped formal gardens and parkland. National Trust properties close to the canals include: Packworth House close to the Stratford Canal at Lapworth in Warwickshire; Shrugborough Hall next to the Trent & Mersey Canal near Great Haywood; and Chirk Castle close to the Llangollen Canal. There are also fascinating castles at Oxford, Skipton and Warwick to explore, as well as historic sites like Avebury close to the Kennet & Avon Canal in Wiltshire and the Battle of Bosworth Field next to the Ashby Canal in Leicestershire.

For more information on our routes and exciting waterside destinations, take a look at our 2021 brochure:

Canal maps are available to buy from our booking office or from our canal boat holiday hire bases.

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Be Inspired

We offer a range of different types of holidays such as City Breaks, Relaxation Cruises and Popular Destinations

City Breaks
Rural retreats
Popular places

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

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