CANALTIME

ESCAPE THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE

One thing is for sure, on a narrowboat holiday, you slowwwww right down. This is an escape from fast cars, busy roads, overflowing shopping centres and the ubiquitous hustle and bustle.

Instead, you will experience the wonders and the great heritage of our waterways. Mother Nature goes about her business as the days and the seasons change. You get to enjoy those incomparable and hospitable canal-side pubs, and meet fellow boaters who are passing the time of day. All of this at only 2 – 3 miles per hour.

Canaltime welcomes guests into three excellent canal locations (Chirk, Sawley and Whixall) where members have access to a large fleet of 30 high quality narrowboats. If a ‘get away from it all’ holiday in the UK is what you’re after, this experience is for you – whether you’re a novice or a frequent boater.

MARINAS

CHIRK MARINA

Chirk Marina is your starting point and is at the centre of an 11 mile canal corridor, which in 2009 was given World Heritage status by UNESCO. You can cruise your holiday narrow boat over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which spans the Dee Valley, for an experience that you will never, ever forget.

SAWLEY MARINA

Sitting nicely on the borders of three shires – Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire – Sawley is honoured to be recognised as probably the UK’s largest inland waterway marina.

Cruise along the Trent & Mersey Canal or cruise the ‘Leicester Ring’ and you’ve so much to do and see. The choice is immense: bridges, locks, stately homes, industrial heritage, pubs, villages, country towns, castles, museums and cities.

WHIXALL MARINA

From Whixall meander on the Prees Arm Canal and enjoy travelling on a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest where special plant and animal life thrive along its path.

This route can take you towards the Welsh Mountains, Llangollen and its World Heritage Site, home to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. This really is one of the most amazing feats of waterway engineering the world has ever seen.

BOATS

SOMETHING OF A SPECIAL BREED

Narrowboats are built for the special purpose of cruising along the inland canal waterways of Britain. En-route discover your favourite canal-side pub, enjoy English and Welsh countryside, even try your luck with rod and reel in the waters below. However you choose to spend your canal time, it’s your time…and here, time is certainly on your side.

All Canaltime narrowboats have been specifically crafted for holiday use and can sleep between four to six people depending on the boat you select. They are well-appointed with the right level of appliances and equipment to satisfy the expectations of today’s holidaymaker. Away from the canal-side pubs, if you prefer your own cooking, there is a grill, oven, four burner hob and microwave on board.

LOCATION INFORMATION

HOW TO GET TO OUR MARINAS

CHIRK MARINA

  • 52°56’55.4″N 3°03’55.4″W

SAWLEY MARINA

  • 52°52’21.4″N 1°17’49.9″W

WHIXALL MARINA

  • 52°54’08.6″N 2°45’02.4″W