Canal Boating Holiday Start Locations
Whether it's England, Scotland or Wales. Our canal boat holidays starting bases have something for everyone. Each location has it's own characteristics and unique cruising routes.
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Berkshire is a county in South East England, located to the west of London, known as the Royal County of Berkshire because of the presence of Windsor Castle, a Royal Residence of the Queen.
Buckinghamshire is a county in South East England which borders Greater London to the south east, Berkshire to the south, Oxfordshire to the west, Northamptonshire to the north, Bedfordshire to the north east and Hertfordshire to the east.
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Discover the beautiful fenland countryside. During your boat hire visit historic towns and cities, such as Ely and Cambridge both steeped in UK heritage.
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Cheshire is a county in North West England. The County town in Chester, with the renowned Chester Zoo close by and Chester Cathedral. It is mostly rural with a small number of towns and villages. Cheshire Cheese is produced here, and salt is also still mined here, although a lot of the salt mines have closed.
Lancashire emerged as a major commerical and industrial centre during the industrial revolution. The Leeds and Liverpool canal runs througout Lancashire
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Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the East Midlands, Stilton and Red Leicester cheese and the Pork Pie are Leicestershire's contributions to cuisine. Of interest is Foxton Locks, and the National Space Centre and Snibston Discovery Museum
Monmouthshire is a county in south east Wales. The largest town is Abergavenny, of interest is Abergavenny museum and Priory Church , and Brecon Beacons National park to the north west of the County which attracts many visitors due to the range of outdoor activities the park offers.
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Northamptonshire is a county in the East Midlands . The British Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone is here, also the Watford staircase locks and Stoke Bruerne Canal museum . Around the canal is fairly rural with just small towns and villages, although you can reach the County town of Northampton by canal.
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Nottinghamshire is a county in the East Midlands. Nottingham is home to Robin Hood, and Sherwood Forest. From the sleepy market towns and golden fields of the countryside to the shops and clubs of the cosmopolitan city of Nottingham , the county is one of contrast.
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Oxfordshire has a lot to offer visitors, from the ancient University of Oxford to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds there is a lot of rich history and culture to explore. Many University colleges open their doors to visitors and you can tread where famous figures had trod before.
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Shropshire is a county in the West Midlands, bordering Wales. Very rural and sparsely populated with beautiful scenery of the Welsh mountains from the canal. About a quarter of the county is in a area of outstanding beauty.
Staffordshire is a county in the West Midlands, The Cannock Chase area of outstanding beauty is in the county, along with parts of the National Forest and Peak District. Shugborough Hall is open to the public, home of the Earl of Litchfield.
Stirlingshire is in Scotland and the County town of Stirling is home to the impressive Stirling Castle once home of the ancient Royal family of Scotland, and many battles took place in the County, William Wallace defeated an English army at Stirling Bridge Falkirk houses the iconic Falkirk Wheel next to the marina , a rotating wheel which lifts boats between the Forth and Clyde and Union canals.
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Warwickshire is a county in the West Midlands, Warwick is the historic county town , and the fantastic medieval castle was originally started in 1068 by William the Conqueror.
Wiltshire is a county in South West England characterised by its high downland and wide valleys. Home of Stonehenge and the Avebury stone circles and Longleat which home of Lord Bath also the Safari Park based here.
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Worcestershire is a county in the West Midlands, north of Bristol and south of Birmingham, home of the beautiful Malvern Hills, Worcester Cathedral and the Severn Valley railway home of many steam locomotives.
Lying within the County are the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales. The Dales comprises river valleys and the hills, rising from theVale of York westwards to the hilltops of the Pennine Watershed. The North York Moors is a National Park in North Yorkshire, England, containing one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom. Bronte Country is a windswept land of heather and wild moors, it is hardly surprising that this region became the inspiration for the classic works of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne. The County town of York is a historic walled city.