Best campsites for canal boat hire
Canal cruises are a popular activity as they allow you to see the country in a way only accessible from the water. Operating a barge or narrow boat is fairly straightforward, and the whole family can get involved with steering and opening loch gates as you travel – plus of course it wouldn’t be a proper canal boat trip if you didn’t moor up half way for a traditional pub lunch!
There are miles of canal waterways across the UK offering beautiful views and excellent stops for visiting towns and cities in a truly unique way. If you are looking for a holiday where you can rent a barge and get out exploring then there is lots of choice from a Camping and Caravanning Club Site.
The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal is just 60 metres from this lovely site, so you couldn’t be better placed to enjoy this picturesque waterway. The canal links the River Severn at Stourport to the Trent at Haywood Junction, and offers a pretty tree-lined route in which to travel; just half an hour away in Tardebigge you can hire a canal boat for the day to explore the canals waterways. The boat can hold up to 10 people, so there is plenty of room for all the family to take part! Following an adventurous day on the canal, you can retreat back to the campsite where the children can run off any excess energy in the recreation field, and the adults can enjoy a cold pint in the nearby Loch Inn.
The Norfolk Broads are famed for their boating holidays, and if you fancy having a taster then there are lots of places to hire a boat for the day in the local area. Many hire companies also allow pets on their boats, and tuition is available to give you some tips on how to navigate the boat before you set off. The Broads are within easy reach of our Norwich campsite, and offer an alternative to the narrow canals with over 125 miles of open loch-free waterways. The Broads are also Britain’s largest protected wetland and home to lots of rare species of wildlife, so animal lovers will particularly enjoy the experience. When you have finished exploring, you can head back to the campsite where you can enjoy walking and fishing alongside the campsite edge.
Our Devizes campsite is situated on the banks of the Kennet and Avon canal, and has 90 picturesque pitches to choose from. The Canal is an 87 mile long waterway and runs through Bristol, Bath, Newbury and Reading, and The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust Museum alongside the canal will teach you the fascinating story behind the waterway. Boats can be hired locally for either half day or full day trips and there are locks and an aqueduct in the area to enjoy navigating through. Public trips are available from The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust at Devizes, if you like the idea of a day exploring the canal but aren’t so keen on steering the boat yourself!