The UK has some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet, and viewing it from the decks of a canal cruiser or sail boat is the perfect way to soak it all in. To get you inspired we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite boat rides from across the country. Happy sailing!
With rugged cliffs, blossoming fields and wonderfully warm weather, cruising around the coast of Cornwall is a fantastic way to spend the summer. Live out all your Poldark fantasies by charting a yacht for the day (or the week!) and sailing around the spectacular shoreline.
Those on the search for quintessential country beauty will love the Caldon Canal. The narrow waterway winds through peaceful wooded valleys, past steam railway tracks and even the old Cheddleton Flint Mill. It is without a doubt one of the greenest canals in the country and is a great place to spot local wildlife such as kingfishers.
The London Ring
Want to cruise in the capital this summer? The London Ring is one of the city’s best kept secrets and requires around 35 hours of sail time. Perfect for a weekend getaway! Start in Broxbourne, then sail to the Limehouse Basin which will take you to the iconic River Thames. Slip into Brentford’s Grand Union Canal before chugging through Regent’s Canal and the East End.
With beautiful views over the Oxfordshire and Warwickshire countryside this trip is a favourite amongst scenery lovers. Sit back and relax as you wind your way through charming historic towns, magnificent country estates and traditional pubs.
What better way to soak up the majestic landscapes of Scotland than by cruising across Loch Ness? You’ll be surrounded by towering munroes, and also enjoy the opportunity to stop in at hidden beaches and loch side towns along the way. Who knows, you may even spot Nessie herself!
Leeds and Liverpool Canal
As England’s longest canal route the Leeds and Liverpool waterway has something for every boater. All up it takes around 35 hours of cruise time which is more than enough to appreciate the beautiful country views, explore bustling market towns and generally enjoy the warm summer weather.
Kennet and Avon Canal
This route is perfect for those who want to experience the pretty villages and towns that England is famous for. Bradford-on-Avon, Bath and Bristol are stand-out stops that are brimming with quaint country pubs, local produce markets and historical attractions.
Cruising can be wonderfully relaxing however it’s not without its risks. Ensure that your next boat trip is safe and stress free by taking out a boat insurance policy that has you covered, should anything go awry.