We’re now over half way through the winter and before we know it, spring and summer will be upon us. When the sun shines, we all want to be outside enjoying the sun. What better way is there to escape the crowds than to hire a narrow-boat and cruise on the River Thames or on Britain’s canals. Canal-boating holidays are very popular with families and couples. Finding something for children to do and sharing family experiences is what a canal-boat holiday offers.
At myrivercruising, we provide tuition to all crew members: children and adults. Everyone is assigned a position in the crew and is taught the ropes and how to operate locks. Giving children responsibility and a job to do really helps them enjoy the boating experience and be a part of it.
Exploring the River-Thames can be a fun experience. one of our favourite mooring places is outside Hampton Court Palace. This was a free 24hr mooring and had magnificent views of Hampton Court Palace. Our kids loved mooring here and wandering into the palace – a great way to combine history in the holiday.
Boating holidays are also ideal for all dog owners as your dog can come too. Our special offer in January and February is that your dog can come for free. Normally the price is £55. Having had to put our dog into kennels when we went abroad over Christmas, we know it can be very expensive and the guilt we felt when we had to leave our dog was enormous! So, free dog places for all and loads of excellent places to go walkies too!
Our boating tuition is thorough and we only allow our guests to take boats out if they are happy and are confident in their driving and crewing. We are always close on hand for any advice, should you need us. Most of our guests have never driven a boat before, therefore, we offer a comprehensive tuition service and go out with you on the river giving driving instruction and crew instruction.
There are loads of cruising places along the Thames. Re-live the famous ‘Three men In A Boat‘ journey and cruise from Marlow up to the White swan pub in Pangbourne, which is where Jerome K Jerome‘s famous journey ended. Intended as a travel guide for fellow boaters on the River Thames, Jerome K Jeromes’s book ended up being a classic piece of English literature. Equally famous is Kenneth Grahame‘s Wind In The Willows . Follow the River Thames as it winds its way past Mapledurham House (considered to be the inspiration for Toad Hall) and see the river bank, home to abundant wildlife. Also at Mapledurham Mill is the film setting for the film ‘Where eagles dare.’
Alternatively, why not cruise down stream to Windsor and visit Windsor castle. There are many places to moor in Windsor and on a weeks cruise or longer, this is an ideal destination point , passing through delightful Henley-On-Thames and Marlow en route.