Ely Base – Cambridge, Bedford and Return

Ely Base, two week hire to Cambridge, Bedford and Return

186 Miles | 40 Locks | 2 Week Cruise | 4 hours per day

This two week canal boat holiday through the Fenland Waterways starts in Ely and cruises through Cambridge and to Bedford. The journey begins at the Black Prince hire base in the historical city of Ely, home to a majestic Norman cathedral which was originally founded as an abbey in the year 673. It was destroyed in 970 and began its reconstruction as a cathedral in 1083. In the 19th century, it was famously restored by the architect George Gilbert Scott.

Ely Cathedral

After leaving Ely you cruise the unspoilt waters of the Little Ouse, Great Ouse, Old West, Cam and Lark rivers, stopping off along the way in Cambridge.

Whilst in Cambridge, be sure to visit its world famous University and discover the city’s cultural highlights. These include the historic King’s College Chapel, which began construction in the mid 15th century during the reign of Henry VI before being completed over 70 years later by King Henry VIII.

Cambridge Kings College

With a combination of perfect gothic architecture and stunning great windows, the chapel is one of the traditional symbols of Cambridge, along with King’s College Chapel.

Other highlights on this cruise include the historic market town of St. Ives, best known for its 15th century bridge, one of only four in England to also incorporate a chapel.

St Ives has always been a popular market town, so try to visit the popular Monday market which takes over the town centre. After strolling around this lovely town, you can visit the Oliver Cromwell statue in the town square. If you’d like to learn more about Cromwell, you can make the short journey to Huntingdon and visit the Cromwell museum.

St Ives Chapel on the Bridge

From there, you’ll visit the medieval town of Mildenhall before cruising on to Buckden, famous for the Great Tower where Catherine of Aragon was once imprisoned.

Continuing on to Bedford, you’ll find a great mixture of old and new. From the medieval castle mound to ten-pin bowling, cinemas and a swimming pool, Bedford offers something for the entire family.

Bedford Oasis

Book our two week Ely to Cambridge and Bedford canal boat holiday by using our online Availability Search, or by calling Black Prince on 01527 575 115.

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Cambridge and Bedford and Return Canal Boat Holiday

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2 Week Cruise
4.5 hours per day


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