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Burnley Huddersfield Broad

Blackburn Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Rochdale Canal

Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation

Manchester

Bridgewater Canal

Liverpool

Huddersfield Huddersfield Narrow

Wigan

Peak Forest Canal

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Macclesfield Canal

Middlewich

Hardings Wood

Barbridge Junction Hurleston Junction

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Autherley Junction Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

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Grand Union Canal

Birmingham Canal

Leicester

Ashby Canal

Coventry Canal B’ham & Fazeley Canal

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Stainforth & Keadby Canal

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Ellesmere Port Chester

Goole

Wakefield

Grand Union Canal

Peterborough

Foxton

Marston Junction Hawkesbury

River Nene

Welford

Coventry Rugby

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Warwick

Stratford Canal

Worcester

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River Severn

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Kingswood Junction

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Grand Union Canal

South Oxford Canal

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Stoke Bruerne

Banbury

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Leighton Buzzard

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Enjoy a short break from any one of our nine UK bases.

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Kennet & Avon Canal

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River Avon

Lee & Stort Navigation

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Welcome to Black Prince Holidays, your boating adventure starts here... If this is your first time considering a narrowboat holiday, then get ready for a whole new adventure. With over 40 years experience, our purpose-built, hand crafted boats are designed to provide you with the best waterways memories. Each centrally-heated boat is kitted out with everything you need, from boating equipment to bed linen and towels, plus a TV and free WiFi.

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Plus we are a pet-friendly holiday company! Each of our nine bases across the UK offer pet-friendly boats and and new for 2020, your first pet goes free! We look forward to welcoming you on board very soon.

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Live availability can be viewed online and you can book online or call us to talk to one of our experienced team, we can then reserve a boat for you. Prices are enclosed and start from as little as £150*pp. *Based on 4 people for a short break in March.


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You can enjoy a narrowboat holiday without having any previous boating experience. On your arrival at the canal-side base, our expert team will go through everything you need to know, from operating the boat to recommendations on your route. Our handovers are industry accredited and for peace of mind there’s round-the-clock assistance should you need help. There’s lots more information on our website, including virtual tours of our boats and videos. Simply go to www.black-prince.com.


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A short break makes a great introduction to narrowboating! You can enjoy a three or four night holiday from each of our nine canal-side bases and all the routes are flexible, meaning you can cruise at your own pace. Check out each of the nine bases in this brochure and find more information online at www.black-prince.com/bases. The route maps show the cruises you can enjoy in each area. We’ve included additional details to give you an idea of how long each leg of the journey will take, how many locks there are and an average day’s cruising time. Occasionally, due to weather influences on the rivers and canals, we may advise you to take an alternative route, but there’s always plenty to see and do no matter which direction you take! If you are looking for an easy short break then there are selected routes which have no locks or a small number of locks to navigate.

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Chirk to Llangollen | Cruise along the Llangollen for an easy two / three day trip.

Bradford-on-Avon to Bath | Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Bath with just one lock to navigate en route.

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or try a sh t BREAK Take the Droitwich Canal link from the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to Worcester via the River Severn. This pretty route in the Worcestershire countryside, is easily reached from our Stoke Prior base. 46 Locks / 8 hrs cruising time per day

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This is the most leisurely route from Stoke Prior travelling south to Worcester, turning upstream onto the River Severn, past Worcester Cathedral and cruising along the picturesque river for the next 13 miles. There are three manned river locks on the journey to Stourport on Severn, before changing to the Staffordshire & Worcester Canal. On the way to Stourton the Cookley and Kinver areas must be one of the most beautiful lengths of canal in the country - turn at Stourton and return on the same route to Stoke Prior.

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Leaving Stoke Prior, you encounter the UK’s longest flight of locks at Tardebigge, after which there is lock-free cruising to Gas Street Basin and the International Convention Centre, via the very pleasant Birmingham University, Botanical Gardens and Cadbury World. Cutting through Netherton Tunnel to Merry Hill and the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, you encounter some beautiful countryside leading to the River Severn at Stourport. At Worcester you leave the Severn, and climb gently back to Stoke Prior through open countryside.

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Heading south on the South Oxford Canal from Lower Heyford, you will cruise through farmland to the pretty village of Thrupp, with a selection of pubs and an award winning tea room nearby. Take in the world famous Blenheim Palace - just a short taxi ride away. Continue cruising south to the moorings close to Isis lock for an easy walk into Oxford- the City of Dreaming Spires. Join the River Thames (a licence will be required and can be purchased from the lock, roughly £80 for one week). Head north on the River Thames passing the outskirts of Wytham Great Wood, onwards through scenic open countryside and under the oldest bridge on the River Thames – an impressive triple-arched 13th Century stone bridge. Continue LOWER HEYFORD Thrupp b through beautiful countryside to the pristine village of Kelmscott, meandering on a Wolvercote to the market town of Lechlade. Take a stroll around this idyllic Cotswold town with its excellent antique shops, or sample one of the many pubs and cafés before OXFORD River making the return journey. Thames

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CROPREDY & RETURN More suited to a midweek break, but can be done over a weekend with longer cruising hours per day. Your journey heading north will pass through pretty farmland past Upper Heyford. Continue through the Cherwell Valley to Somerton Deep Lock and on to the wharf at Aynho with its canalside pub. Cruise through several lift bridges (many of which will be left open for boaters to pass straight through) and on to the town of Banbury where you can walk through the Old Town, visit the Market Place and Banbury Cross, the Castle Quay shopping centre or entertain yourselves at the cinema, 10 pin bowling or the famous Tooleys Boatyard / Banbury Museum. Continue cruising through the peaceful countryside to the quiet, picturesque village of Cropredy- home to the annual Fairport Convention. Moor along the towpath before the winding hole and take a short walk into the village for a pub meal, before turning your boat for the journey back.

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From our base in the city of Ely with its beautiful cathedral, you will cruise the unspoilt waters of the River Ouse to Wicken Fen, a stunning wetland nature reserve. Continuing on the River Cam to Cambridge, visit the world famous University and discover many cultural highlights,including King’s College Chapel and enjoy a stroll through the backstreets.

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Cruise from Ely on the Old West River to Earith village where you can enjoy some wonderful birdwatching. Move on then to the historic market town of St. Ives, with its 15th century Chapel Bridge and Norris Museum and Library.

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From our base in Ely, take the Old West River and on to the historic market town of St. Ives, with its 15th century Chapel Bridge, Norris Museum and Library and moving on to the Oliver Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon. From there, cruise on to Buckden with its famous Great Tower (where Catherine of Aragon was once imprisoned), ending at the market town of St. Neots.

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Taking the Old West River from our base in Ely, make your way to the historic market town of St. Ives, with its 15th century Chapel Bridge, Norris Museum and Library and moving on to the Oliver Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon. From there, cruise on to Buckden with its famous Great Tower (where Catherine of Aragon was once imprisoned), ending at the market town of St. Neots. Continue on to Bedford where you’ll find a bustling town with great facilities for all the family, including ten-pin bowling, cinemas and a swimming pool.

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Cruising from our base in the city of Ely with its beautiful cathedral, travel the unspoilt waters of the River Ouse to Wicken Fen, a stunning wetland nature reserve. Continuing on the River Cam to Cambridge, visit its world famous University and discover its cultural highlights, including King’s College and enjoy a stroll through the backstreets. Return to Popes Corner and cruise south to the historic market town of St. Ives, with its 15th century Chapel Bridge and Norris Museum and Library. Moving on through the pretty villages of Houghton, Wyton and Hemingford Grey to reach Huntingdon, home to the Oliver Cromwell Museum.

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From the charming city of Ely, with its huge cathedral, you can cruise the unspoilt waters of the Little Ouse, Great Ouse, Old West, Cam and Lark rivers stopping off along the way in Cambridge, with its famous University. Be sure not to miss King’s College. Other highlights include historic St. Ives, the Oliver Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon and the Medieval town of Mildenhall. Continuing on to Bedford, you’ll find something for the whole family, including ten-pin bowling, cinemas and a swimming pool.

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4 Serving spoons 1 Fish slice 1 Tea strainer 1 Tin opener 1 Bottle opener 1 Corkscrew 1 Grillpan 1 Enamel plate 1 Pedal bin 1 Potato masher 1 Pair oven gloves 1 Toast rack 2 Tea towels 1 Dishcloth Washing-up liquid Sponge scourer Soap Toilet paper on the table One of each per berth: Dessert knife Table knife Dessert fork Table fork Teaspoon Dessert spoon Soup spoon Tea plate Dinner plate Cereal bowl

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1 Club hammer 2 Double windlasses 1 Umbrella extras at our bases Roasting tin Butter dish Cafetière Extra pillows Extra windlasses (£5 returnable deposit) Cot Sides

bedding & Towels Duvets and covers 1 Pillow per berth 1 Interior sprung Mattress/cover per bed 1 Set of linen 1 Pillowcase / bed 1 Bath towel / person 1 Hand towel / bathroom water & 1 Shower mat / shower washing 110 gallon for freshwater tank cleaning Running hot & cold 1 Toilet brush & stand water by automatic 1 Dustpan & brush pump to wash basin, 1 Bucket shower & sink 1 First aid kit Flush pump-out toilet navigating & shower with full height bi-fold door 1 Boarding plank 1 Boat pole heating 1 Boat hook Central heating boiler 1 Water hose & hot tank with 1 Life ring airing cupboard 2 Mooring spikes

electrical equipment 240v shaver point (for shaver only) Hair dryer 12v/USB charger LED lighting throughout Flatscreen TV + Freeview/DVD player Radio/CD player WiFi All boats have a 240v socket 1kW capacity max All of our boats have a security safe headroom Over 6' 3" engine Water cooled with single lever control NB: Boats in the same class are similar in all essential respects although details may vary from boat to boat

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ea ab m bo me o oa o ar c c l l rd e e w wAll Black Prince boats offer the same high quality d fixtures and fittings, with a similar bow (front) and stern (back). The names reference the different sized boats that we offer, from a 2 berth to a 10 berth, and the varying layouts. Please note that all boat types are not available at all bases, see page 47 for details. With the exception of the Duchess 2 and Princess 2, all boats have the option of either single or double berth configurations - see the outline drawings below. Some boats can also sleep extra people by using the lounge area at night. Walkway doors can be used for privacy between each of the bedroom areas on most boats.

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your questio nsan swered Do I need previous experience / a licence? No previous experience of narrowboating is necessary. Our boats are easy to operate and our Black Prince team will provide a full induction on your arrival at the base. You do not need a driving licence for a narrowboat and the boat itself is licenced by us for CRT waterways. However, there are certain stretches of river that you do need a river licence to navigate - these are the River Avon, River Nene and River Thames (you can purchase these on the day). What’s the minimum crew required? A minimum of two people will be needed to crew a Black Prince boat. This is so you can easily control the boat through locks and swing bridges. We regret we cannot hire to single-handed boaters, however experienced. Which route should I choose? There are plenty of routes to choose from that would suit beginners through to the more active boater. If you want to potter along then choose a route where you don’t have to travel a lot of hours in one day and don’t have many locks to tackle. Alternatively, if you want something more adventurous and to cover a greater distance then go for the longer routes such as one of the Rings. You can plan your route using the guides on the base pages plus our teams can provide advice on arrival. Maps are also available to purchase from the bases. Occasionally, due to weather influences on the rivers and canals, we may advise you to take an alternative route, but there’s always plenty to see and do no matter which direction you take! What’s included in the hire charge? All the necessary boating equipment will be provided, plus everything for a self-catering holiday – a full list is provided on page 41. Damage Waiver and WiFi are all included in the cost. Please note that the WiFi requires a network signal and there may be some areas where the signal is poor. It is suitable for browsing and email but not for downloading or streaming. Will I have to fill up with diesel and water? The boat has a 110 gallon water tank which should be refilled daily from water points along the canal. Your boat will have a full tank of diesel which is adequate for 2 weeks. The diesel fuel you have used will be charged upon return of the boat and the cost per litre will be slightly lower than supermarket prices. (2019 – average cost £12-15 per day). The boats will typically

use between 1.2-1.7 litres per hour depending on driving style. The central heating systems are oil fired, which will also use diesel during colder periods. Can I bring my pet? Yes, you can bring your pet (a maximum of 2). Your first pet travels free, with an additional pet costing £30, payable at the base upon arrival. Please keep them off the furniture and bedding. The intention to bring pets must be clearly stated at time of booking as some boats are pet-free. Can I charge my laptop and mobile? Yes there is a 12v/USB charger point on each boat and 1700w inverters are also on board that powers the built-in hairdryer. Unfortunately, hair straighteners will not work so please do not bring them with you. Where can I stop at night? You can stop for the night almost anywhere along the canal bank, much of the canal network is managed by the Canal & River Trust. Watch out for prohibited signs, such as by the water taps, or where it is unsafe, such as on a bend or close to a lock. Riverbanks, however, are private property, so mooring, except in designated spots provided by the navigation authority or a boating association, is at the discretion of the landowner. Do we have to pay for mooring? Mooring on the towpath is free in the majority of situations, however, you may encounter a charge if you choose to moor up at a privately owned marina, wharf or basin. What time is the boat available from? Boats are available between 2.30pm and 3.30pm Saturdays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays or from 9.30am on Wednesday departures. They should be returned and vacated by 9.30am or 2.30pm on return days as specified on your confirmation. If a boat is returned late or unclean, it will cause a delay for the next hirer. In this event, we reserve the right to charge additional costs. Where can I park my car? All our bases have free car parking, but we are unable to accept responsibility for loss or damage to customers’ vehicles.


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boat availability How can I make a booking? You can book safely and securely online or call one of our experienced team members for knowledgeable advice. We require 25% deposit to confirm the booking, with the balance due 8 weeks before your departure date. Please see page 48 for details of our Cancellation Protection Scheme to cover any costs of cancellation. Do I need insurance? The price of your holiday includes a Damage Waiver, which covers you in the event of damage, loss or accident to your boat or its inventory during your holiday (See page 48). Black Prince has its own Cancellation Protection Scheme in the event you need to cancel your holiday after you have paid in full, please ask for details at time of booking. It is advisable to have your own personal holiday insurance to cover personal possessions and health. I have a disability, can I take a canal boat holiday? The lead boaters need to have a reasonable level of fitness to operate the boat and the open / close the locks when required. However we have welcomed guests of varying levels of ability on our cruises, we would just ask that you call our reservations team so that we can answer any specific enquiries you may have, including levels of accessibility and power sources required.

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ACTON BRIDGE

Sat 2.30pm - Tues 9.30am | Tues 2.30pm - Sat 9.30am Princess 2 | Princess 4 | Shakespeare 4 | Duchess 4 Princess 6 | Duchess 6 | Duchess 8 Fri 2.30pm - Mon 9.30am | Mon 2.30pm - Fri 9.30am Duchess 4 | Duchess 6

STOKE PRIOR

Sat 2.30pm - Tues 9.30am | Tues 2.30pm - Sat 9.30am Princess 2 | Princess 4 | Duchess 2 | Shakespeare 4 | Duchess 4 Lautrec 4 | Princess 6 | Duchess 6 | Duchess 8 Fri 2.30pm - Mon 9.30am | Mon 2.30pm - Fri 9.30am Princess 4 | Duchess 4 | Lautrec 4 | Duchess 6

STOKE-ON-TRENT (PEAK DISTRICT)

Sat 2.30pm - Tues 9.30am | Tues 2.30pm - Sat 9.30am Princess 4 | Duchess 2 | Shakespeare 4 | Duchess 4 Lautrec 4 | Princess 6 | Duchess 6 | Duchess 8 Fri 2.30pm - Mon 9.30am | Mon 2.30pm - Fri 9.30am Princess 4 | Duchess 6

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Sat 2.30pm - Tues 9.30am | Tues 2.30pm - Sat 9.30am Princess 2 | Princess 4 | Shakespeare 4 | Duchess 4 Princess 6 | Duchess 6 | Duchess 8 Fri 2.30pm - Mon 9.30am | Mon 2.30pm - Fri 9.30am Princess 4 | Duchess 4 | Lautrec 4

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Sat 2.30pm - Tues 9.30am | Tues 2.30pm - Sat 9.30am Princess 2 | Princess 4 | Princess 6 | Duchess 6

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CANCELLATION

PROTECTIONSCHEME When booking a Black Prince Holiday, you will naturally be looking forward to a relaxing break. Unfortunately, circumstances can sometimes intervene and so we therefore offer the Black Prince Cancellation Protection Scheme as detailed below. Once a deposit has been paid and your booking confirmed, a contract exists which renders you liable for the whole of the hire charge even if you are prevented from taking your holiday. If you opt to take the Cancellation Protection Scheme this will offer you protection against this liability of full payment.

What to do to cancel your holiday Call us as soon as you can or, if you booked through a booking agent, please call your agent. We will then cancel your holiday. If you require a refund, then we may ask you to send written proof of why you need to cancel such as a doctor's certification or court notification. If so, please send a scan or photocopy of the evidence to holiday@black-prince.com within 48 hours of our request and prior to your holiday start date. If we've requested written proof of why you need to cancel, then please wait to hear from us regarding any refund due (which may be reduced by bank charges). Refunds will be issued within 10 days. Cancellation charges are calculated from the date we receive your verbal instructions. If you are cancelling your holiday under any of the following circumstances listed below in points 1 to 4, you will benefit from the following with the Cancellation Protection Scheme: NUMBER OF DAYS BEFORE THE START OF YOUR HOLIDAY

LATIONPREMIU L E MS NC Please ensure all passengers’ A C names are given at the time of booking. COST OF HOLIDAY

PREMIUM

COST OF HOLIDAY

PREMIUM

up to £600 £601-£800 £801-£1000 £1001-£1200

£40.00 £45.00 £50.00 £55.00

£1201-£1400 £1401-£1600 £1601-£1800 £1801 +

£60.00 £65.00 £70.00 £75.00

DAMAGE

The Accidental Damage Waiver Scheme is included in the cost of your holiday and covers you in the event of damage, loss or accident to your boat or its inventory during your holiday. Please ensure all passenger names provided when you book online or over the phone, to ensure you are covered.

WAIVER scheme

WHAT YOU'D GET BACK

2 days (48 hours) or more

Full refund (less the Cancellation Protection Scheme fee)

2 days (47 hours, 59 minutes)

30% refund of your total holiday cost (less the Cancellation Protection Scheme fee)

Qualifying Circumstances 1. Death, injury, illness or pregnancy (certified in all cases by a qualified medical practitioner), jury service or witness call of any member of the party listed on the booking form at the time of booking. 2. Death, injury or illness (certified in all cases by a qualified medical practitioner) of the spouse, partner, parent, step-parent, parent-in-law, brother, sister, children or step-children of the hirer or any member of the party. 3. Redundancy of the hirer, providing that the hirer qualifies for payment under the Redundancy Payment Act 1965. 4. Cancelled leave orders in respect of the UK police and military personnel. Warranty - This scheme is subject to a warranty at the time of completing the proposal that each proposer and each person on whose state of health the holiday depends is in good health, free from physical or mental defect, not subject to any chronic or recurring illness, and is not under treatment of any kind.

EXCLUSIONS - IN THE EVENT OF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING BEING REPORTED, WE SHALL CLAIM THE FULL COST OF REPAIRS, REPLACEMENT OR COMPENSATION FROM THE HIRER: 1. Speeding (reported or witnessed). The limit is 4mph. 2. Negligent, malicious or intentional damage to the boat, its inventory, third party property, the canal or river and its structures. 3. Damage to the rudder, skeg or transmission due to cill damage in a lock. 4. Return of the boat late or in an unclean condition.


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BOOKING

CONDITIONS OF HIRE - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY 1. Definitions: In these conditions and agreement: “The Company” means Black Prince Holidays Ltd. “The Hirer” means the person or persons named on the booking confirmation. Where there is more than one Hirer they shall be individually responsible and liable under this agreement. “The Conditions” means the conditions set out in this form. “The price” means the price for the booking set out in the booking confirmation. “The start date” means the date when the booking starts as set out in the booking confirmation. “The end date” means the date when the booking ends as set out in the booking confirmation. “The period of hire” means the period between the start date and the end date. 2. Booking Agreement: A booking is a legally binding contract. The contract includes these conditions which the Hirer accepts having read and agreed them. The entire contract between the Company and the Hirer is contained in these Conditions and the online booking form and no representations, terms, warranty or condition expressed or implied shall be deemed to be or have been made or agreed or imported by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. No agent, servant or representative of the Company has any right to alter or vary or waive any of these conditions. Nor is any such person authorized to undertake any liability whatsoever on behalf of the Company. These conditions can only be varied with the written permission signed by a Director or the General Manager of the Company. The Hirer acknowledges that no statement or representation which may have been made by or on behalf of the Company induced the Hirer to enter into the contract and that any such statements or representations do not form part of the contract. Any liability of the Company and any remedy of the Hirer in respect of any such statement or representation is excluded save in so far as liability in respect of any particular statement or representation may not be excluded by law. In accepting a booking, the company’s responsibility does not extend beyond the provision of the boat and in particular there is no warranty that any particular route will be available for navigation during the period of hire. Where more than one boat is booked on the same booking form each boat shall be deemed to be the subject of a separate contract. Bookings for optional extras are taken subject to availability on the start date. 3. Group Bookings, Age Limits and Unsuitable Hirers: The Hirer must be aged 25 years or over. Though there is no age limit for driving the boat, the Hirer warrants that whenever the boat is driven by a person aged under eighteen years they will always be under the close supervision of a competent adult. Where a boat is occupied by a group comprising mainly young persons, the Hirer warrants that at all times a responsible person aged more than 25 years will be in charge of the group. The Company may at its discretion cancel any booking made in contravention of this condition before or at the start date. In this event any money paid will be forfeit and any balance payment will remain due unless the Company is able to re-let. If the Company is able to re-let the Hirer will remain liable for 15% of the price to cover administration expenses. The company may at its discretion cancel the booking and refuse to hand over the boat to any person or group who in its opinion is not suitable to take charge on the grounds of age, inexperience, suspected influence of alcohol or drugs or any reason that may adversely affect the safety of any person, or commercial interests of the Company. In this event (and provided that the Hirer is not in breach of other parts of the agreement) the Company will refund any monies paid and the contract shall be discharged without further liability on either party. The Company may repossess the boat at any time if in the opinion of the Company the Hirer is unsuitable for the reasons given above or if the Hirer is not behaving responsibly or if the boat or any persons are at risk. In this event the Hirer shall remain liable to pay the hire price and no refund shall be due. 4. Cancellations and Changes: The agreement including the payment terms is a legally binding contract and may not be cancelled or amended except as provided in the Conditions. Should the Hirer wish to cancel or amend the booking they must advise the Company immediately by telephone and at the same time send written confirmation by Recorded Delivery post. In the event of a cancellation, the deposit will be forfeited and the hirer will pay the balance price on the due date. The Company may at its discretion waive the balance price if it is successful in re-letting the boat for the whole of the hire period. It is therefore strongly recommended that the hirers protect themselves against cancellation liability by taking out cancellation protection. In the event of any claim being disallowed for any reason the hirer remains liable for the full hire charges. In the event of the operator being unable to re-book the boat the hirer will remain responsible for the full hire price unless covered by a cancellation protection scheme. 5. Hire Period, Collection and Return of Boat: The hire period is as shown in the booking confirmation. The Company will endeavor to have the boat ready for the Hirer at the time specified on the start date. The hirer must notify the company of any likely delay in arrival as soon as possible by fax or telephone. Before the Hirer departs with the boat the Company will give the Hirer such instructions, demonstrations and trials as it thinks fit and require the hirer to check and sign for the contents, inventory and Boat Acceptance. In the event that the boat is not available because of circumstances beyond the company’s control the Company may substitute a boat of similar accommodation but if no such boat is available the Company shall refund any payments made but shall not otherwise be liable and the contract shall be discharged. The boat shall be returned to the company’s hire base and be vacated in a clean and tidy condition no later than the time specified on the end date. Hirers are responsible for ensuring that their cruising schedule allows time for unforeseen contingencies so as to permit their return and vacation of the boat by the scheduled time. Breach of this condition will incur an additional charge of up to £75 per hour or part thereof. In addition, the Hirer will be liable for any extra costs and/or damages incurred by the Company as a result of the boat not being available on time for the next Hirer. Where the Company has to recover a boat and return it to the base, the Hirer shall be liable for all the costs involved. Where operational circumstances make it necessary the Company reserves the right to require the boat to start from or return to a place other than its normal base of operation. In such circumstances the Company will where necessary provide transport to the original base. The Hirer is responsible to return the boat to its originating base. If the Hirer fails to do so except for unavoidable cause the Hirer will be liable to pay to the Company, the cost of recovering the boat. 6. Prices and Payment: Prices are inclusive of VAT and are subject to any change in the VAT rate prior to the settlement of the price in full. The booking confirmation and booking statement are not VAT invoices. Prices are in pounds sterling. Hire cost includes navigation licenses for waterways operated by the Canal & River Trust covering most UK canals but not UK river navigations (including but limited to Thames, Upper & Lower Avon, Wey) where the hirer can purchase a visitor license in advance or on arrival at additional cost. The Hirer shall reimburse the Company on demand for any expenses incurred in the conversion of foreign currencies, bank charges, special clearance, re-presenting cheques, processing payments or otherwise in obtaining cleared sterling funds of the amount due on the due date. Payment is not made until cash or cleared funds have been received by the Company. The booking deposit must be sent with the booking application and unless otherwise stated is 25% of the total price. The balance of the price is due not less than 8 weeks before the hire start date. Time of payment shall be of the essence of the contract. For bookings made within 8 weeks before the hire start date payment in full must accompany the booking form. Without prejudice to any other rights of the Company it may charge interest (both before and after any judgement) at the rate of 3% over the company’s bankers base lending rate on any monies due from the due payment date until the date of payment and interest shall accrue from day to day. 7. Insurance: The company insures the boat and its equipment and inventory against public liability risks. The company’s insurance does not cover personal accidents or loss or damage to personal effects. Hirers and their crews are advised to take out their own personal insurance cover. The price includes a £50 compulsory accidental damage waiver per booking. Accidental damage waiver excludes damage arising from speeding, contact with a lock sill causing damage to the rudder, skeg or stern gear, TV aerials, chimneys, malicious or intentional damage to the boat. Also excluded is malicious or intentional damage to other boats and property and the late return of the boat and return of the boat in unclean condition. The Hirer will indemnify the Company against all costs, damage, expenses, liability and claims howsoever arising from the negligence, neglect or default of the Hirer to the extent that they are not covered by the company’s policy. 8. Safety and Other Rules: The Hirer agrees to comply with the following rules at all times for the health and safety of the persons on the boat and other persons and for safeguarding the boat and other property: Not to tow other craft or allow the boat to be towed except under professional assistance in the event of breakdown or emergency. Not to cruise between sunset and sunrise. The boat is only equipped for cruising during daylight hours. To observe all speed limits, not to race and not to cruise at a speed which creates a breaking wash or disturbs or inconveniences other waterway users. Not to take or have on the boat without the company’s prior written permission any dinghies, canoes, inflatables, portable heaters, bicycles, vehicles, lighting equipment, TV sets, electrical appliances, (other than razors) inflammable liquids or substances, gas cylinders, barbecues, car batteries, fire arms or any other items which might create dangers or hazards. Not to use the boat for business purposes. Not to allow on the boat at any time more persons than the maximum number of births and under no circumstances more than 12 persons.

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To give way to laden or unladen cargo boats, sailing craft, rowing boats and other human propelled craft. Not to take the boat to sea or on tidal waters. This includes the lower tidal Thames between Teddington and Brentford. Not to have or carry any live fishing bait on the boat. At all times to observe all byelaws, navigational limits or instructions and advice of Canal & River Trust and other navigational authorities and the Company and their respective officers and employees. The Company reserves the right at its discretion without liability to restrict cruising areas or routes in the light of prevailing conditions. 9. Accidents: The Hirer is in charge of the boat and is responsible for its safe navigation and return. In the event of any accident or damage to the boat other craft or the waterway the Hirer must:1 Obtain and record the name and registration number of the other boat and names and addresses of all parties involved including the other boat owners and other hirers. 2 Notify the Company by telephone immediately with full details of the accident including damage incurred. 3 NOT IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES ADMIT OR ALLOW OTHER PERSONS ON THE BOAT TO ADMIT LIABILITY TO ANY OTHER PERSON. 4 Not to carry out or have carried out repairs without the consent of the Company. 5 Obtain and follow the company’s instructions. In the event of an accident the Company may repossess the boat and the hiring contract shall then terminate without liability on the Company. In the event that the Company’s insurance cover is prejudiced or invalidated by any failure on the part of the Hirer to comply with the provisions of this condition the Hirer shall indemnify the Company in respect of all liability claims, loss, damage or expenses incurred. The Hirer is liable for and shall indemnify the Company against any claim or charge made by any Navigation Authority for damage to waterway property or loss of water. 10. Maintenance, Repairs, Damage and Breakdown: The Hirer shall take reasonable care of the boat its equipment and contents and shall return them at the end of the hire period in accordance with the company’s instructions and in good clean and tidy order and condition. The Hirer shall notify the company in the event of breakdown, damage, theft or loss and shall provide full details and comply with the company’s instructions. The Hirer must not undertake or have undertaken any repairs, adjustment or service without the company’s prior approval. Any repairs or replacements by the Hirer without the company’s approval will not be accepted. The Hirer shall be responsible for getting the boat off mud banks or other grounding and for removal of weeds, rope and other matter from propellers. The Hirer shall notify the Company if any of these operations cannot be carried out without risk of accident or damage. The Hirer shall have no claim on the company as a result of breakdown or failures of the boat and its equipment or for any delays caused by repairs to the boat. The Hirer shall comply with the company’s instructions; otherwise the Hirer shall be liable for any loss or damage incurred. 11. Hirer’s Property: Vehicles may be left in the company’s car parks at the owner’s risk. The company will be under no liability for any loss of or damage to vehicles or contents of the hirers or other people’s property on the boat or elsewhere or howsoever caused except by the company’s negligence or that of those for whom the Company is responsible. Hirers are particularly advised not to leave any valuable or portable items in the car. The Company shall take such action as may be necessary to silence car alarms in the company’s car parks and to recover the costs from the Hirer. The Company may return hirer’s property left behind if claimed and following the receipt of payment for postage and packing (minimum charge £10). Property not claimed within two months from the end date will be disposed of by the Company. 12. Fuel, Gas, Water etc..: The boat is handed over ready fuelled. The cost of the fuel is to the hirer’s account, and will be charged upon return of the boat to the yard at the end of the holiday. As a result of an EU ruling the tax will be similar to normal road diesel, and the price charged is likely to be 10p to 15p per litre below average supermarket prices. The boats will typically use between 1.2 litres and 1.7 litres per hour depending on driving style. In addition, the central heating systems are oil fired, which will use diesel during colder periods. Whilst water supply and moorings on the canals are normally free of charge, any costs incurred are the responsibility of the Hirer. Where pump-outs are required to toilet tanks, the cost is the responsibility of the Hirer unless carried out at the company’s base. 13. Pets: Pets are allowed on the boat but must be put on the booking form. A maximum of two pets are allowed per boat. Your first pet travels free, second pet at a cost of £30 payable at the base on arrival. Hirers must provide their own pet baskets or blankets. All pets must be properly house trained or caged as appropriate, must not be left unattended, and must not be allowed on bedding or chairs. Pets are not covered under the company’s insurance policy and the Hirer shall be liable for the cost of any damage or extra cleaning required. 14. Complaints: The Hirer shall check the boat its contents and equipment fully immediately after taking possession of the boat. In the unlikely event of any alleged deficiencies or shortcomings the Hirer must notify the Company before the boat leaves the boat yard. The Hirer shall sign the Boat Acceptance form before departure and thereafter the Hirer is completely responsible for the boat, its equipment and its operation until it is handed back to the Company at the end of the period of hire. Any shortcomings subsequently discovered shall immediately be notified to the Company by telephone in order to give the Company the opportunity to take any necessary remedial action. The Company shall not be liable in respect of any matter which is not so notified immediately and in any event shall not be liable in respect of any matter which is notified after the end of the hire period, as the boat may then have been taken over by another hirer and may not be available for inspection. 15. Exemption: The Company shall not be liable for any matters arising from any cause beyond the company’s reasonable control or not due to the company’s negligence or willful default including (without limitation) death or personal injury of Hirers their crew and passengers, loss or damage to property, nonfulfillment or interruption of the booking or delays, breakdowns, mechanical problems, defects, damage, restrictions or obstructions, repairs or damage to waterways, non-availability of routes, navigational works, storms, floods, droughts, ice, shortage of water or other weather conditions, rationing, shortage or non-availability of fuel or in respect of any consequential loss, damage, expense, injury, or claim. Hirers are recommended to take out personal holiday insurance cover. 16. Brochure: The specification of boats, their accommodation, facilities and equipment in the brochure is intended as a general guide but the Company shall not be liable in the event of any differences in the boat supplied and reserves the right to make modifications. Layout plans are for guidance only and are not to scale and may have steps which are not shown. If the hirer’s party includes any infirm persons, the Hirer should make relevant enquiries at the time of booking. The Company reserve the right to change boat specifications without prior notice. 17. Disputes: Any dispute difference or question which may at any time arise out of the booking contract may be referred at the company’s sole discretion to a single arbitrator to be agreed between the parties or failing agreement to be nominated upon application of either party by the President of the Birmingham Law Society. The decision of such arbitrator (acting as an expert and not as an arbitrator) including any direction as to payment of fees and costs in the arbitration shall be binding on both parties. 18. Jurisdiction: The contract between the Company and the Hirer shall be deemed to have been made in England and shall be governed in all respects by English law. The Hirer shall submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts provided that the Company at its option may bring any legal proceedings against the Hirer from courts in any other country. 19. Waiver: No indulgence, forbearance or delay by the Company shall constitute any bar to its enforcement of its rights at any time and no waiver in respect of any breach shall operate as a waiver in respect of any other subsequent breach. 20. Third Parties: No person who is not a party to this Agreement may enforce any term of this Agreement. The parties agree that the Contracts (Rights of third Parties) Act 1999 shall not apply to this Agreement or to any agreement or document entered into pursuant to this Agreement.


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As a'thank you' to guests who choose to return to holiday with us, we offer savings of up to 10%, depending on the number of times you have cruised with us previously. This saving can be applied to all holidays, saving you up to £200 on top of any other current discounts.

1 time - 4% | 2 times - 6% | 3 times - 8% | 4 times plus - 10% (up to a maximum of £200)

minimum saving £50/week & £25/short break

Take your second consecutive week at

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BROCHURE PRICE on holidays commencing March 8th - July 18th & September 5th October 17th inclusive

discount weeks

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your second and subsequent consecutive weeks on holidays commencing July 19th September 4th inclusive

flotilla discount

5

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any additional boats booked when travelling as a group

ONLY ONE MONEY-OFF SPECIAL OFFER PER BOOKING. ALL SPECIAL OFFERS CAN BE BOOKED ONLINE OR BY PHONE.

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