Drift effortlessly down the calm waters and enjoy the green landscape around you. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? IF you fancy traditional boats, canal waters and the UK countryside, spending a weekend on a canal boat is a great idea. Discover the wonderful forests, hills, and rivers of the UK drifting calmly down a quiet canal on a narrowboat. We will tell you a bit more about our 4 top picks, the four best scenic canal routes in the UK.
The Cheshire ring route
This route will give you a chance to see and experience the wonders of some of the most dramatic gorges in England, as well as the feats of historic industrial architecture. You will glide through the wonderful Peak District landscapes and see the foothills of the Pennines. This scenic route combines the experience of both town and country in a perfect blend. The main attractions include Little Moreton Hall, Lyme Park, Mow Cop Hills, the Salt Museum at Northwich and much more. You will be able to see the Macclesfield Silk Musem; you will go through the Marple locks, then travel across the Marple Aqueduct and then glide down the recently restored Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
Kennet and Avon Canal
This amazing route is the best choice for to travel from the Thames in the east of the country to the Bristol Channel in the west. You will travel down a series of winding canals through some of UKs’ most beautiful sceneries. Travelers like yourself will see the outstanding areas like the Cotswolds. Furthermore, you will enjoy a series of graceful aqueducts and witness the wonderful architecture surrounding the canal area. Canals force their way through ancient wooded hills and the threatening Avon Gorge. On your way, you will visit historic towns like Bradford on Avon, Bath, and Bristol.
Oxford and the Midlands hide so many wonderful places for you to discover. If you are a fan of history and architecture, then this route must be your choice. You will see the combination of natural landscapes combined with industrial architecture, across the country, from Birmingham to London. Some of the key landmarks include Warwick castle, Coventry Cathedral, Stratford-upon-Avon, Blenheim Palace and the Canal Museum. So much to see…
Scotland is a story for itself and traveling down the Canals in the north is an experience you will not forget. It is a unique combination of natural beauty and untamed wilderness on one side, and the towns and castles which stand the tests of time and weather. You will see the ancient Lochs which hide secrets in their deep waters: Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and, of course, the mysterious Loch Ness.
Narrow canals will open up into wide waters where you will witness the distant mountains of the Highlands, the unforgiving moors, and the forested hills. You will explore the small towns and villages which are placed out of sight by the mountains and forests.