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Easter Holidays on the Waterways

If you’re looking for a break after the long winter months then an Easter canal boat break is perfect for providing a good dose of fresh air and activity!

When are the Easter Holidays in 2022?

The date for Easter changes every year and school holiday dates differ across the UK, but here are the general Easter dates for 2022:

The England & Wales Easter school holidays: 4th – 18th April 2022.

The Scotland Easter school holidays: 4th – 18th April 2022.

Whether you are holidaying as a couple, with friends or family, you can choose from a short break or longer seven-night holiday, available from each of our nine canal boat hire bases across the UK.

Our cosy boats complete with central heating offer a great outdoor adventure whilst offering a level of comfort needed for spring holidays in the UK.   Enjoy the days cruising past lovely countryside and enjoy warm evenings in the comfort of your own boat or at one of the many pubs on the waterways.
If you’re new to canal boating then check out our new to narrowboating guide for top tips on what to expect, what to bring etc.


Family Easter Holidays

Canal boating at Easter is a great way to rediscover open air and reconnect with the environment after a long winter spent indoors.  The whole family can be encouraged to have active fun with this type of holiday, from working the locks to exploring the different villages and towns on your chosen route.

Easter holidays on the UK canals

Last Minute Easter Holidays

Looking for a last minute Easter canal boat holiday?  Call us on +44 (0)1527 575115 for last-minute availability across our nine UK locations.  We will look to find a narrow boat hire base to suit you so that we can get you out on short notice.  We generally need around twenty-four hours notice but we have been known to be able to arrange same day boating (subject to availability of course!).


Couples Easter Getaways

As a couple, our Easter breaks make it possible for you to take some time out for yourselves, away from the pressures of everyday life.  Enjoy a peaceful break at a time when the waterways are slowly breaking into life, with the emergence of spring flowers and the towpath trees showing the first signs of emerging buds. It’s tranquil and relaxing, a great time to be out and glimpsing the first signs of spring in all its glory.


Dog-friendly Easter Holidays

Of course, what would a holiday be without the family pet?  Black Prince welcomes up to two dogs on their dog-friendly boats, so your pooch can be part of the crew!
You just need to remember to bring all your normal doggy gear with you, such as the dog bed, lead, poop bags, toys etc., plus we recommend a special harness which has a handle on the top in case your pet likes the water too much and likes to jump in.   The handle is very useful for hauling pets out of waterways where the embankments may be too steep for them to jump out to.
You can read more about our pet-friendly boating holidays here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be warm enough on a boat at Easter?

Our boats offer central heating with radiators and double glazed front windows to ensure that evenings are cosy and warm.  The beds are fully sprung, with duvets for a good night’s sleep and of course there is hot water for showers and washing.  Of course, days may get chilly if you are outside, so we always recommend warm clothes with waterproofs for those occasional wet days – Black Prince umbrellas are provided!

Will all the waterways be open at Easter?

Normally, all the waterways across the UK will be fully operational for Easter. However there may be occasions when maintenance and repairs of waterways and locks are necessary, we will keep you updated on our website of any disruptions which may affect your cruising.

Do all your bases offer Easter breaks?

Yes, you can choose to cruise from any one of our nine canal boat hire bases across England, Scotland and Wales.

Can I just book a short break for Easter?

Yes, all our bases offer three or four-night breaks for Easter and other times of the year.  Boats are generally available after 2.30pm on the chosen departure day.  Please note that the bases can have different departure days.  Read more about our midweek breaks and our weekend breaks here.

Recommended Routes


Stoke Prior Base, Worcestershire
From our Stoke Prior base in central England, there are a variety of routes you can take.  You don’t need to stick the routes that we suggest here, bear in mind that you can travel as far as time allows, before turning and heading back to base again.  There are regular winding holes (turning points) along every route that allows you to turn and head back to base whenever you choose.
Stoke prior short break
Stoke Prior to Worcester and Stourport
Cruising Time: 16hrs to Worcester / 24hrs to Stourport
Locks: 44 towards Worcester / 52 towards Stourport
This route to Worcester will keep you busy with a number of locks to travel through.   It’s a route offering a mix of countryside and town – Worcester is well worth a visit.   Head into town to Friar Street and take a look at the medieval townhouse and variety of restaurants, plus head over to Worcester Cathedral, an impressive building dating back to Anglo-Saxon times.

Peak District Base, Staffordshire
There are plenty of options for short breaks and longer holidays from our Peak District base in Stoke-on-Trent, in central England.  This popular starting point is perfect for giving you an insight into the original pottery heritage of the area, including Wedgwood and Royal Doulton, plus there are options to visit Alton Towers if the children are looking for more excitement!
Peak District to Leek along the Caldon Canal
Cruising time: 1 week cruise, 4 hours per day
Locks: 34
This route provides a real mix of atmosphere as you travel through an industrial heartland through to some of the most beautiful waterways in the UK.   Follow the Trent and Mersey canal until you reach the junction for the Caldon Canal, and follow this route, either branching off towards Leek or following the Caldon from Hazlehurst down to Frogall.
If you’re just looking for a short break then you should manage to cruise to the end of the Leek branch and back, if you have longer then you would have a relaxing seven-day cruise to Frogall and return.

Acton Bridge Base, Cheshire
Located in the north-west of England, our Cheshire Acton Bridge base offers a multitude of breaks, both three and four night, or seven nights and longer.  From this base you can access the Bridgewater canal, which takes you lock-free all the way to Manchester.  This makes for a great route for beginners or those worried about handling the locks!
Acton Bridge to Manchester
Cruising time:
Locks: 0
Our Acton Bridge base is located in pretty countryside near Northwich in Cheshire, on the side of the Bridgewater Canal.  From here you’ll cruise north, past Lymm and Stretford all the way to central Manchester.  This makes for an easy cruise offering a nice variety of countryside and town views.