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dreaming of life on water..

I've been thinking of holidays for next year.  Need to start saving some pennies!  
Since Rufus has started school and the realisation that I only have weekends and holidays with my kids, makes it all the more important to me to have great school holiday adventures.

Being in Bristol you can't help being seduced by the docks.  There are many a canal boat moored along it's walls.  Some are there permanently as house boats and others are sailed in under the Clifton Suspension Bridge or from the East via the canals.

My boys have always wondered what it must be like to sail away on one.   So I've been thinking of going on a canal boat holiday.  Both boys can swim, they would have to wear life jackets.  But a short break around the Stratford on Avon canals might be wonderful.

When I was 12.  My parents hired a canal boat for a week during the summer holidays.  And we sailed the Thames.  Starting in Oxford and on down to Reading.  I remember helping with the locks, lounging on deck and watching the world go by.  It was bliss - or maybe it was bliss for a 12 year old.  Perhaps my mum would say otherwise!

I think it would be a great adventure for the boys.  Travelling a slower pace of life and seeing the wildlife on the river bank.

What do you think?
Have you ever done a narrow boat holiday?

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  1. Sounds like a great idea!
    A couple of my friends in Ireland lived on a barge for years, even when they got kids! I went down the Shannon with them once, it was really nice and quite a different way to travel, I mean, it slows the pace way down travelling what, 3 mph... :)

  2. Me and Frank have been talking about a narrow boat holiday for years, we even thought about living on a boat before we had the boys. I love the idea of the leisurely pace, the fact that you can't go faster than about 4 miles an hour...bliss! :)

  3. Sounds fun and relaxing too, the water, sun, , I think is a great idea!

    Have a lovely weekend!


  4. We've done a narrow boat holiday twice with our twins, once aged six months and recently aged 2.5. We went with my inlaws, it was brilliant. Twins loved it this time, and were happy to wear life jackets. I'll be blogging about it soon, just been sorting through the snaps :-)

  5. ...p.s its not a leisurely holiday, it's totally knackering opening locks etc. If it's a laid back holiday you're after I wouldn't recommend it!

  6. We went every year, and loved it when we were younger. It lost it's charm by the time we became teenagers, and all we wanted was a bit of sun! Take them now while they're young, they'll love it!! I would recommend the 4 counties ring as it's not too difficult and lovely child friendly pubs, and great market towns to call into.
    p.s we were given our own polaroid camera to take pictures of all the birds we saw and put them into a scrap book, there was a prize for capturing a kingfisher (usually a gingerbread man!)and another prize if we identified them all!

  7. Never been, but just the thought of waking up to the quiet on the water and peeking out of the door to see the early morning sun makes me want to! Stratford is a lovely part of the world too.

  8. I think you'd have a lovely time, especially with boys. We went a few years back ... four adults, three small boys and a labrador. It was bliss. October half term, so chilly, but it mattered not a jot. Go for it!


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