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Narrowboat Holidays Across Great Britain
Narrowboat Holidays Across Great Britain
If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly canal boat holiday then choosing Black Prince is a great place to start. Each year we welcome lots of new guests who haven’t had any prior boating experience. You don’t need a specific license to be able to drive a narrowboat; our friendly teams will show all the ropes (excuse the pun) and ensure you are confident enough to get on your way and happily cruising.
Good boating skills simply come with experience. Don’t worry if you make a few mistakes when you first set off – we won’t judge if you are zig-zagging your way along the canal as you learn how to steer!
We are a family-friendly holiday too, children of all ages enjoy canal boat trips, particularly the older ones as they can help with all elements of handling a boat.
Read on for some tips and advice for absolute beginners to the canal waterways and don’t forget you can call our friendly team for advice on 0044 (0) 1527 575115.
We’ve put together a list of beginner friendly routes – you can check these out here. These are routes that have few or no locks on the canals and feature some great short break ideas. A three or four night short break is an ideal length of time to give canal boating a try for the first time.
A bit of research and pre-preparation always helps build confidence when trying something new for the first time.
We have some great resources on our website, including the Boater’s Handbook on video. This video, produced by the Canal and River Trust, includes information on basic boat handling and safety. Fix yourself a cup of tea and take a bit of time out to watch it; it’s full of handy tips and advice.
Plus you’ll find lots of useful information in our new to narrowboating pages, including sections on how to get started, how to handle a canal boat, locks, bridges and tunnels, plus lots of advice on mooring up and safety on the water. There are lots of videos across the website and on our social media pages, including Facebook and YouTube, allowing you to get a real feel for what a holiday on a canal boat is all about.
On your arrival day at the canal boat hire base of your choice (check out our nine bases across the UK here), you’ll be met by one of our team. After checking in you’ll be given time to load your belongings onto your boat before going through our accredited handover procedure.
Our handover includes walking you through the boat, from the tiller at the back of the boat (stern) through the inside of the boat to the bow at the front. We’ll explain how everything works from turning the engine on, along with the rest of the controls to setting off and how to steer the canal boat.
We’ll also talk through the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of canal etiquette and health and safety issues that may arise. Our aim is that you feel fully prepared when you set off on your canal boat holiday.
As soon as you feel happy and prepared you can get on your way. Sometimes it can be daunting to leave a marina for the first time so our team are happy to help captain the boat for you to the main stretch of canal to get you underway.
Remember to take it slow – your maximum speed is 4 miles per hour and it’s best to knock the speed down when passing other moored boats so that you don’t cause wash to hit the boats. This is a relaxing holiday – time to take it down a notch and soak up the calming atmosphere of the UK waterways!
Here are some simple top tips that beginners to canal boating need to know, don’t forget to check out our new to narrowboating pages for more information.
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