Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Fully Inclusive Narrowboat Holidays

20th January 2021

Now is an ideal time to start planning for the year ahead and have things to look forward to. This year holidays are in high demand and many people are looking for complete solutions to satisfy their needs and requirements.

Tasselweed-Lime-Kilns-Ashby-Canal.jpgA canal boating holiday with Grand Union Narrowboats provides a solution with no hidden costs. You also get piece of mind as all boats are extensively cleaned and prepared to our thorough covid standards so that you will feel safe in your holiday home from home. 

Our fully inclusive holidays include all of the key items you need. Many other operators charge for fuel, gas, car parking, insurance, bedding, towels etc. All of these are included in our upfront standard hire charge so you don’t get any extras to pay at the end of your trip.

As an option you are welcome to bring pets with you so that you can all join in the fun. The countryside is always on your doorstep offering you endless opportunities for walks and exploration. This does carry a small charge, full details are shown on our website when booking.

Braunston.jpgYou can choose from our fleet of 6 boats to see which will best match your group’s needs.

Hawkweed and Ragweed:- Our smallest boats at 45 ft length, cosy and ideal for small groups 3 berth, 1 double plus a dinette single for a child up to 12 years old. 

Driftweed:- A mid-size of 55ft length 2/4 berth offering 2 doubles or 1 double and 2 singles. More spacious but still easy to handle.

Jimsonweed:- A larger boat at 65ft length 4/6 berth offering more space for small to medium groups with a fixed layout of 2 doubles and 2 singles.

Tasselweed:- Our longest boat at 70ft in length 4/6 berth featuring 3 double berths in 3 cabins, alternatively the aft 2 cabins can be changed into single cabins if required. This boat is spacious with the luxury of 2 bathrooms a dishwasher and washing machine.

Knotweed:- Our latest addition to the fleet is 68ft in length ideal for groups of family and friends. 8 berth with four separate cabins each configurable as 1 double or 2 singles as required offering total flexibility. Full details of all boats are on our website so you can explore in greater detail.

Demand is high for boats this year, booking early will ensure that the boat you want is available for your required dates.

Which direction will your travels take you?

Top image Lime Kilns Ashby Canal, Lower image Braunston. 

Reasons to go Narrow Boating in 2021

23rd December 2020

How will you holiday in 2021? 

A narrow boating holiday provides a relaxing break allowing you to slow down to a leisurely pace, fully enjoying the English waterways and beautiful countryside. Take in the fresh air and explore all of the interesting opportunities and experiences on route.

As we approach the end of the current year the memories of recent holidays are still fresh in our minds, we all review and remember the highlights from our last holidays. It is also the time to start planning for the next year. What is it that you want to do? Check over your bucket list, discuss amongst friends and home in on the best and most suitable avenues to explore. Now bring some of these to life.

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All of our boats provide a covid safe environment, your home from home to stay and travel in, allowing you to safely explore your chosen route from the wide variety we have available. An ideal British staycation without any of the distant travel concerns, allows you to unwind and relax right from the start as we are often reminded by our returning customers.  

Our fleet of 6 boats allows you to choose which is best to satisfy your group’s needs. 

Hawkweed and Ragweed:- Our smallest boats at 45 ft length, cosy and ideal for small groups 3 berth, 1 double plus a dinette single for a child up to 12 years old. 

Driftweed:- A mid-size of 55ft length 2/4 berth offering 2 doubles or 1 double and 2 singles. More spacious but still easy to handle.

Jimsonweed:- A larger boat at 65ft length 4/6 berth offering more space for small to medium groups with a fixed layout of 2 doubles and 2 singles.

Tasselweed:- Our longest boat at 70ft in length 4/6 berth featuring 3 double berths in 3 cabins, alternatively the aft 2 cabins can be changed into single cabins if required. This boat is spacious with the luxury of 2 bathrooms a dishwasher and washing machine.

Knotweed:- Our latest addition to the fleet is 68ft in length ideal for groups of family and friends. 8 berth with four separate cabins each configurable as 1 double or 2 singles as required offering total flexibility.

Full details of all boats are on our website so you can explore in greater detail.

We have had increased demand for boats in 2021, so start reviewing what is the best option for you and consider booking to ensure that the boat you choose is reserved for the dates you want.

Which boat will you choose?

What’s happening on the canals this winter?

6th December 2020

As we enter the winter season the days shorten and there is much less boat activity allowing maintenance and repair work to be undertaken. Our fleet have been checked over, maintenance planned in and made ready to survive the challenges that winter can bring.

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As well as ourselves the Canal and River Trust who are the custodians of 2000 miles of canals in England and Wales are also busy maintaining the 200 year old canal network ready for our customers to enjoy next summer. 

This picture show some work currently going on at our local Long Buckby lock flight. When the chamber at Lock 10 was drained, the cill and surrounding concrete on the lower gate were in much worse condition so full replacement is underway.

In addition to the canal channel itself the canal infrastructure is made up of many different structures including locks, bridges, aqueducts, tunnels, culverts, weirs and reservoirs. These are all subject to regular inspections, repairs and maintenance which the Canal and River Trust carry out in the winter season, between November and March when fewer boats are cruising the waterways.

Check back again soon for future updates as we move into getting Knotweed and the rest of the fleet ready for action in 2021.

 

Which boat will you choose for your 2021 adventures?

 

 

 

 

 

Buckby locks winter maintenance  

Last chance break, there’s still time for a trip this year

27th October 2020

 

Late autumn is a great time to venture out on a narrowboat. It is a quieter time with less people using the waterways. This gives you greater freedom for travelling and enjoying the picturesque countryside with its display of seasonal colours.

 

DSC_1616-Fox-Locks-Autumn.jpgYou have a greater chance to explore at your leisure.

There are numerous country pubs located close to the canals on all our route options. These offer you the chance to relax in a traditional way, enjoying their individual atmosphere and delightful foods and beverages.   

If you are still craving a break away don’t delay. We still have booking slots available for late October and early November on a selection of centrally heated boats with all you need to keep you cosy. 

We follow industry guide lines adhering to stringent working practices and cleaning regimes so that everyone is as safe as possible throughout your trip which is reassuring in these times.

 

 

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Which way will you head off?  

Brighten up your Autumn on a Canal Boat Break.

1st September 2020

With the Autumn season just around the corner experience the joys of Narrowboating this October, take a break away on the Grand Union Canal.

StokeB.jpgAutumn is one of the most delightful times to appreciate our canals, with the dazzling display of vivid colours in the hedgerows and trees that line the canal corridor.

There are numerous opportunities to further explore this scenic countryside along the towpaths, footpaths and bridleways offering numerous walking and cycling opportunities.

Soak up the magic of the peaceful countryside at this special time of year, enjoying the slow leisurely pace of life on board. End the day with a meal in a cosy canalside pub talking over the days events in front of an open fire.

With the English Canals quieter at this time of year it is hard to imagine a better time to venture out and explore the beauty and tranquillity of the Grand Union Canal.

 

Take the helm and navigate through your next adventure.

Dogs join in the fun

28th July 2020

Have you been spending a lot more time with your furry friends during lock down?

 

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With restrictions easing we are getting more freedom making it a great time to consider a dog friendly staycation.

Why not take a dog friendly narrowboat holiday with us and bring your beloved family pet along?

A canal holiday is the ideal break away with your four legged friend. The outdoor lifestyle is ideally suited to doggy life.

From sitting on the back of your narrowboat watching the world go by, or getting out for a walk on the miles of fantastically interesting towpaths you will all enjoy taking in the sights and sounds of boating life.

Whether it’s just a 3-4 day short break or a longer trip we can guarantee your furry friends will love it.

You will be joining our family of customers who have enjoyed dog friendly holidays together with their furry friends.

Grand Union Narrowboat Staycation

17th June 2020

Looking for a relaxing and stress-free getaway with family or friends?

Then look no further.

As 2020 unfolds staying in the UK for a holiday is becoming a key option for a whole host of reasons: travel restrictions, environmental concerns, cost, and convenience, to name just a few!

A narrowboat staycation offers a perfect solution this year.

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Welcome aboard

  • Take life at your own pace
  • Take the stress out of traveling
  • Enjoy your home comforts onboard
  • Choose your route to match your needs and pace
  • As you journey along the local waterways watch the beautiful English landscape pass by and explore the attractions when and where you like.
  • Everyone welcome pets and all
  • Whether you are seeking a family holiday, a perfect romantic break or a special celebration, Staycation Holidays will make it that little bit more memorable.

With so many beautiful landscapes and exciting attractions within easy access on our narrowboats it is a great choice if you are looking for a break a little closer to home in 2020.

Luckily for UK residents, our country is full of natural beauty with surprising diversity, and an enormous amount of attractions to explore.

There’s no need for passports, visas, travel insurance, lengthy airport waits, suitcase weight limits, language barriers or exchange rates. You can go from door to door in a matter of hours, without any of the rigmarole which usually accompanies foreign travel.

Leaving your pets behind when going away can be a real struggle. All of our narrowboats are pet friendly, allowing the whole family to enjoy a relaxing break. There are plenty of dog / pet friendly attractions and miles of towpaths and walks on your door step to keep everyone well exercised. Once you’ve experienced sharing a holiday with your beloved four-legged friends, you’ll never want to go back!

Narrowboats are available for short weekend breaks through to longer trips to meet your individual needs.

With all of the restrictions and uncertainty, 2020 is becoming a great year to stay local, avoid lengthy travel and enjoy a relaxing narrowboat staycation. You can take each day as it comes and plan what to do and where to go matching your own needs. You can even enjoy your favourite activity with excellent opportunities for walking, cycling, canoeing and fishing just bring your own equipment.

Look no further than a Grand Union narrowboat staycation and take back control.

Our 4-star narrowboat accreditation awarded by Visit England gives you confidence in our standards.

Why not try a narrowboat staycation this year?

We look forward to hearing from you.

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