Short Break narrowboat boating holidays

Example short breaks on the canals of England


Every year sees an increase in the demand for these popular breaks. Some people like the idea of being able to try the holiday out for a few days before committing themselves to a week or longer, whilst others regularly take the opportunity to get away for a few days. Narrowboat holidays are the fastest way of slowing down and so what could be better than a leisurely three of four night break away, enjoying the countryside, relaxing and unwinding.

Because we have boats available for Friday and Monday starts, we can offer superb three night weekend breaks that conveniently start at 3.00pm on a Friday afternoon and finish at 9.30am on the following Monday. Of if you are looking for extra value for money, you could try our four night midweek breaks. These start at 3.00pm on a Monday and finish at 9.30am on the following Friday. Since the price is the same as a weekend break, you effectively get the extra midweek night free! This can be an additional bonus to those of you that are committed to weekend activities, as you can enjoy a decent break away withouth losing a weekend. Short breaks are available from UK Boat Hire's Worcester, Rugby and Gailey bases and sample trips are outlined. narrowbaot holiday brochure Brochure

Short Breaks from Worcester

There are a number of enjoyable short break trips starting from our Worcester base, offering you the chance to cruise on the canals, the River Severn, or a combination of them both.

Most visitors taking a weekend break choose to cruise up the Worcester Birmingham Canal. this trip takes you north into rural Worcestershire where you pass through the very heart of 'Archers' country to the village of Stoke Prior. You are recommended to turn here and retrace your steps for a leisurely run back to Worcester.

For the longer midweek breaks, the popular choice is to cruise up the River Severn to the Inland Port of Stourport, where you join the idyllic Staffs and Worcs Canal. Before returning to Worcester, you'll be able to enjoy seeing North Worcestershire at its best from this gently meandering canal.

Short Breaks from Rugby

Our rugby base almost spoils you for choice with the number of options available. For the non-energetic, there is the relaxing, almost lock free trip to Snarestone, travelling up the North Oxford Canal and the Ashby Canal.

For those of you looking for more activity (and locks) there are trips down the South Oxford Canal to Stockton, down the Grand Union Canal to Stoke Bruerne, or up the Grand Union Canal to Warwick with its beautiful castle. Finally, there is a pleasant four-day break to Crick and back, along the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section).

Short Breaks from Gailey

There's plenty of choice again from our Gailey base, to suit both beginners and 'experts' alike. The most leisurely of the available routes takes you down the Staffs and Worcs Canal to Autherly Junction, where you join the Shropshire Union Canal for a relaxing run up northwards to Norbury. Here you will need to turn in order to return to Gailey. If you are on a four-day break then you can extend this trip up to Market Drayton, before you turn round.

An alternative cruise takes you up the Staffs and Worcs Canal to Great haywood Junction, enabling you to visit Shugborough Hall. again, for those on a four-day trip, there is the option to travel on up the Trent and Mersey canal to the town of Stone, enjoying rural staffordshire as you go.

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