Canal Boating Holiday Start Locations

Whether it's England, Scotland or Wales. Our canal boat holidays starting bases have something for everyone. Each location has it's own characteristics and unique cruising routes.

For more information on our canal boat holiday locations, click on a starting location below:

Berkshire
Canal Boating from Berkshire
The county of Berkshire

Berkshire is a county in South East England, located to the west of London, known as the Royal County of Berkshire because of the presence of Windsor Castle, a Royal Residence of the Queen.

Our Bases
Aldermaston Wharf in Berkshire
Aldermaston Wharf
on the Kennet and Avon canal.
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Caversham in Berkshire
Caversham Wharf
on the Caversham canal.
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Buckinghamshire
Canal Boating from Buckinghamshire
The county of Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire is a county in South East England which borders Greater London to the south east, Berkshire to the south, Oxfordshire to the west, Northamptonshire to the north, Bedfordshire to the north east and Hertfordshire to the east.

Our Bases
Iver in Buckinghamshire
Iver Wharf
on the Grand Union canal.
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Cambridgeshire
Canal Boating from Cambridgeshire
The county of Cambridgeshire

Discover the beautiful fenland countryside. During your boat hire visit historic towns and cities, such as Ely and Cambridge both steeped in UK heritage.

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March Marina in Cambridgeshire
March Marina
on the River Ouse canal.
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Cheshire
Canal Boating from Cheshire
The county of Cheshire

Cheshire is a county in North West England. The County town in Chester, with the renowned Chester Zoo close by and Chester Cathedral. It is mostly rural with a small number of towns and villages. Cheshire Cheese is produced here, and salt is also still mined here, although a lot of the salt mines have closed.

Our Bases
Anderton Marina in Cheshire
Anderton Marina
on the Trent and Mersey canal.
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Nantwich Marina in Cheshire
Nantwich Marina
on the Shropshire Union canal.
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Poynton in Cheshire
Poynton Marina
on the Macclesfield canal.
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Wrenbury Mill in Cheshire
Wrenbury Mill
on the Llangollen canal.
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Hertfordshire
Canal Boating from Hertfordshire
The county of Hertfordshire

Just 20 minutes from London by train but still far away from the stresses of the big city, a lush, green county with beautiful countryside.

Our Bases
Winkwell Dock in Hertfordshire
Winkwell Dock
on the Grand Union canal.
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Lancashire
Canal Boating from Lancashire
The county of Lancashire

Lancashire emerged as a major commerical and industrial centre during the industrial revolution. The Leeds and Liverpool canal runs througout Lancashire

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Reedley in Lancashire
Reedley Dock
on the Leeds and Liverpool canal.
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Leicestershire
Canal Boating from Leicestershire
The county of Leicestershire

Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the East Midlands, Stilton and Red Leicester cheese and the Pork Pie are Leicestershire's contributions to cuisine. Of interest is Foxton Locks, and the National Space Centre and Snibston Discovery Museum

Our Bases
Foxton in Leicestershire
Foxton Dock
on the Grand Union canal.
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Union Wharf Marina in Leicestershire
Union Wharf
on the Grand Union canal.
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Monmouthshire
Canal Boating from Monmouthshire
The county of Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire is a county in south east Wales. The largest town is Abergavenny, of interest is Abergavenny museum and Priory Church , and Brecon Beacons National park to the north west of the County which attracts many visitors due to the range of outdoor activities the park offers.

Our Bases
Goytre Wharf in Monmouthshire
Goytre Wharf
on the Monmoutshire and Brecon canal.
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Northants.
Canal Boating from Northamptonshire
The county of Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire is a county in the East Midlands . The British Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone is here, also the Watford staircase locks and Stoke Bruerne Canal museum . Around the canal is fairly rural with just small towns and villages, although you can reach the County town of Northampton by canal.

Our Bases
Gayton Marina in Northamptonshire
Gayton Marina
on the Grand Union canal.
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Oxfordshire
Canal Boating from Oxfordshire
The county of Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire has a lot to offer visitors, from the ancient University of Oxford to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds there is a lot of rich history and culture to explore. Many University colleges open their doors to visitors and you can tread where famous figures had trod before.

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Twyford Wharf in Oxfordshire
Twyford Wharf
on the Oxford Canal canal.
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Shropshire
Canal Boating from Shropshire
The county of Shropshire

Shropshire is a county in the West Midlands, bordering Wales. Very rural and sparsely populated with beautiful scenery of the Welsh mountains from the canal. About a quarter of the county is in a area of outstanding beauty.

Our Bases
Blackwater Meadow Marina in Shropshire
Blackwater Meadow
on the Llangollen canal.
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Whitchurch Marina in Shropshire
Whitchurch Marina
on the Llangollen canal.
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Staffordshire
Canal Boating from Staffordshire
The county of Staffordshire

Staffordshire is a county in the West Midlands, The Cannock Chase area of outstanding beauty is in the county, along with parts of the National Forest and Peak District. Shugborough Hall is open to the public, home of the Earl of Litchfield.

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Gailey Wharf in Staffordshire
Gailey Wharf
on the Shropshire canal.
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Glascote Basin in Staffordshire
Glascote Basin
on the Coventry canal.
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Stone in Staffordshire
Stone Basin
on the Trent and Mersey canal.
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Stirlingshire
Canal Boating from Stirlingshire
The county of Stirlingshire

Stirlingshire is in Scotland and the County town of Stirling is home to the impressive Stirling Castle once home of the ancient Royal family of Scotland, and many battles took place in the County, William Wallace defeated an English army at Stirling Bridge Falkirk houses the iconic Falkirk Wheel next to the marina , a rotating wheel which lifts boats between the Forth and Clyde and Union canals.

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Falkirk Wharf in Stirlingshire
Falkirk Wharf
on the Forth and Clyde canal.
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Warwickshire
Canal Boating from Warwickshire
The county of Warwickshire

Warwickshire is a county in the West Midlands, Warwick is the historic county town , and the fantastic medieval castle was originally started in 1068 by William the Conqueror.

Our Bases
Coventry Marina in Warwickshire
Coventry Marina
on the Coventry canal.
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Rugby Wharf in Warwickshire
Rugby Wharf
on the Oxford canal.
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Stratford-upon-Avon Marina in Warwickshire
Stratford-upon-Avon Marina
on the Stratford-on-Avon canal.
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Wiltshire
Canal Boating from Wiltshire
The county of Wiltshire

Wiltshire is a county in South West England characterised by its high downland and wide valleys. Home of Stonehenge and the Avebury stone circles and Longleat which home of Lord Bath also the Safari Park based here.

Our Bases
Bradford-on-Avon Marina in Wiltshire
Bradford-on-Avon Marina
on the Kennet and Avon canal.
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Hilperton Marina in Wiltshire
Hilperton Marina
on the Kennet and Avon canal.
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Worcestershire
Canal Boating from Worcestershire
The county of Worcestershire

Worcestershire is a county in the West Midlands, north of Bristol and south of Birmingham, home of the beautiful Malvern Hills, Worcester Cathedral and the Severn Valley railway home of many steam locomotives.

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Alvechurch Marina in Worcestershire
Alvechurch Marina
on the Worcester and Birmingham canal.
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Stourport on Severn in Worcestershire
Stourport on
on the Worcester and Birmingham canal.
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Worcester Marina in Worcestershire
Worcester Marina
on the Worcester and Birmingham canal.
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Yorkshire
Canal Boating from Yorkshire
The county of Yorkshire

Lying within the County are the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales. The Dales comprises river valleys and the hills, rising from theVale of York westwards to the hilltops of the Pennine Watershed. The North York Moors is a National Park in North Yorkshire, England, containing one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom. Bronte Country is a windswept land of heather and wild moors, it is hardly surprising that this region became the inspiration for the classic works of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne. The County town of York is a historic walled city.

Our Bases
Bingley in Yorkshire
Bingley Marina
on the Leeds and Liverpool canal.
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Skipton in Yorkshire
Skipton Marina
on the Leeds and Liverpool canal.
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