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READY FOR RELAXATION? If you’re looking for a holiday that will truly take you away from the hustle and bustle, you’d be hard pushed to find a more perfect break than on board a canal boat


hether you’re an experienced canal boater or a complete novice, the highly qualified staff at Anglo Welsh Waterway Holidays can offer you the ultimate relaxing holiday with their fleet of beautiful boats. The team will take you through everything you need to know to operate a canal boat and once your handover is complete, you can set off on your own narrowboat holiday adventure, travelling at your own pace, watching out for wildlife and stopping off to enjoy canalside pubs and exploring villages, towns and cities along your route. Whether you want to test the waters with a short break on a Perfect for all the family relaxing route suitable for beginners or take a longer, more challenging holiday on one of the many local canal barge holiday circuits, the experts at Anglo Welsh can help you decide which holiday will work best for you. The company has a fleet of 160 luxury narrowboats available from 10 bases across England and Wales, including a brand new base at Whixall Marina in Shropshire. All its canal boats are unique, ranging in size from 32ft to 70ft and providing accommodation for between two and 12 people. On board you’ll find all the comforts of home to make your floating holiday berth a cosy and comfortable place to be. There are towels, bedding, central heating, flushing toilets, showers, a TV/DVD player and WiFi, as well as a well-equipped kitchen complete with an oven, fridge, cooking utensils and crockery.

Enjoy a day trip with friends

Make a day of it

If you fancy the idea of taking a boat out but aren’t sure about committing to a whole holiday, a great option is a short-term rental such as a trip available from ABC Day Boat Hire. The team’s fleet can be Expert tuition is given before you set out collected at various pick-up points across the UK – the most handy for Shire readers being the bases at Whitchurch and Ellesmere in Shropshire and Anderton in Cheshire. At either venue, experts will be on hand to guide even complete novices ‘If you aren’t through the operation of sure about one of the lovely barges. committing For tranquillity and to a whole beauty, take advantage of holiday, take Whitchurch Marina day boat a boat for hire and meander along the Llangollen and Shropshire the day’ Union Canals. A day trip from Whitchurch will take you on a beautiful Llangollen Canal lock-free stretch of the Llangollen Canal. Alternatively, starting from Blackwater Meadow near the Ellesmere arm of the Llangollen Canal, you can either travel east towards Prees or west towards Owestry, offering five to six hours’ cruising. If you choose to pick up a boat from the Anderton base, you’ll have easy access to Cheshire, the remote and beautiful Leeds & Liverpool Canal and the Trent and Mersey. Another great option is Cheshire Cat Narrowboats, a family-run firm based at Overwater Marina, Audlem, on the Shropshire Union Canal. It is a stunning location, and only three hours cruising time to the Llangollen Canal. Cheshire Cat’s Silver Moon crosses The fleet includes boats the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct for a couple as well as family-sized vessels, and a new member to the Cheshire Cat collection, Southern Cross, with berths for up to eight people and two separate shower rooms – perfect for a group get together or family holiday. July/August 2019 | SHIRE MAGAZINE 79

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Shire Magazine July-August 2019  

North Wales, Mid Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wirral, Whats on, magazine, days out, events, restaurants, reviews, homes, gardens, arts, craf...

Shire Magazine July-August 2019  

North Wales, Mid Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wirral, Whats on, magazine, days out, events, restaurants, reviews, homes, gardens, arts, craf...