The Cruising Day
It is almost impossible to describe a typical day, as no two days are the same! From the moment you set foot on our boats, you are in another world, and “everyday life” is a distant memory. A trip with us is not just a “boating holiday”, but an adventure into the secret world of rivers and canals that make up the inland waterways of Britain.
A strict timetable is impractical – we would hate to hurry you away from a pretty village or a beautiful view. We try to be as flexible as possible, so you can relax and see the sights that you want to see.
We start each morning with a short chat from Neil about the highlights of the day over breakfast. As we travel at a serene speed of three miles per hour, there is plenty of opportunity to walk alongside the boats on the towpath: and return at one of the frequent locks or bridges for “elevenses”. Should you wish to, there is often time to venture off the towpath into the surrounding countryside, or to one of the many towns and villages, we can pack you a picnic, or you can rejoin the boats further on for lunch.
You can do as little or as much as you like – you may wish to assist the crew with the locks, take time to observe the passing wildlife, or just indulge in an afternoon nap. In the middle of the afternoon there are freshly baked cakes or biscuits and a pot of tea to enjoy, then towards the evening we settle at our mooring in a pretty historic town or the peaceful countryside.
A pre-dinner drink in the lounge is always popular, as the events of the day are discussed, before Corinne, Neil and crew serve your four course evening meal – a leisurely affair where conversation flows easily around our large family table. Coffee is served in the lounge, where you may choose a book from our library or perhaps share a game. At night, after a day in the open air and sunshine, the sound of water gurgling over a lock weir and the drowsy sounds of the countryside provide a restful backdrop to sleep.