The UK has some of the most picturesque towns and villages in the entire world. Our landmark attractions are equally enviable, and at Blakes we can’t think of a better way to see them all than from the calm of the waterways. Packed with information, including information about the area and attractions close to a waterway, our destination guides will help you find the perfect waterway to take your boating holiday.
Boats in Norfolk Broads The Norfolk Broads
Created by man in medieval times and perfected by nature over centuries, today The Broads (a National Park in all but name) are a unique haven of tranquil meadows, woodland, reed marshes, rivers and broads, rich in a wonderful diversity of wildlife and protected as an area of natural beauty waiting to be discovered.
Boats in The River Thames The River Thames
With 120 miles of navigation from Teddington Lock right across England to rural Gloucestershire, the Thames flows serenely through some of the most outstanding countryside in the Heart of England. Take a detour down the Wey from Godalming, the first river to be turned into a canal for commercial traffic, over 350 years ago.
Boats in Scotland - Loch Ness & The Caledonian Canal Scotland - Loch Ness & The Caledonian Canal
The amazing Caledonian Canal has been described as one of the most majestic waterways in the world. It runs for 60 miles from Fort William on Scotland''s west coast to Inverness on the east, past fascinating towns and villages, through the forested slopes of the breathtaking Great Glen linking the Highlands' most beautiful freshwater lochs, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and the legendary Loch Ness.
Boats in South West England – Kennet & Avon Canal South West England – Kennet & Avon Canal
Built in 1794 to link Bristol with London, the delightfully rural Kennet and Avon Canal winds along the Avon valley and through beautiful Wiltshire and Berkshire countryside before joining the Rivers Kennet and Thames in Reading.
Boats in North Wales North Wales
The beautiful canal netword of the North West is crowned by the Cheshire Ring: the Macclesfield Canal meanders past old mills and mill towns on its way to the Pennines.
Boats in the Heart of England Boats in the Heart of England
The Heart of England netword of waterways stretches from Tewkesbury up to Staffordshire. From here, you can explore the Leicestershire, Warwickshire or Stourport Rings, cruise the Shropshire Union Canal throught the Staffordshire countryside or enjoy the tranquility of Staffordshire and Worcestershire.
Boats in Brecon Beacons Brecon Beacons
The popular Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal winds through 35 miles of peaceful, pretty countryside from Brecon to Cwmbran, passing through a Wold Heritage Site, which contains famous industrial landmarks like the Big Pit Mining Museum.
Boats in Cotswolds & The West Midlands Cotswolds & The West Midlands
Choose your favourite itinery from a fabulously varied network of waterways that link the towns of the South and West Midlands with London.
Boats in Warwickshire & Leicestershire Rings Warwickshire & Leicestershire Rings
Miles and miles of peaceful, serene waterways, sleepy villages, thatched cottages and grand, impressive cathedral cities like Cambridge and Ely.