Travel has always been something that has been close to my heart. It enthuses me, revitalises me and I just love to see other cultures.The hardest thing about travelling is not to get worn out doing it. So here is a suggestion I would seriously thing about taking up.Travel by canal boat on the English waterways and see the beautiful countryside of England at a pace where time stands still and waits for you to catch up.
There are around 4000 miles of rivers, lakes and canals in Britain and a great amount can be seen by canal.The canals were originally designed to transport Britain's heavy goods around all of the major cities and towns creating a fantastic network of waterways to go anywhere.The longest canal I have travelled was from London to Birmingham via the Grand Union, the Grand Union is Britain's longest canal and is a total of 137 miles long.
Cruising the whole length, non-stop, would take you 74 hours.One of Britain's most beautiful and secluded cruising rivers is the Avon, which meanders past ancient towns and through the picturesque countryside of middle England. It flows through Stratford, Evesham and Pershore to Tewkesbury, where it meets the enormous River Severn. Its surroundings have changed little since the days of its most famous son, William Shakespeare.
This part of the country really encompasses everything I see as being English. Seeing it at the leisurely pace of the waterways enhances the whole experience. Peace and tranquillity come hand in hand with travelling this 200 old method of getting around this wonderful country.The narrowboat of today is the modern adaptation of the cargo boats used on the canals before the railways. Now these boats contain every creature comfort and are available for hire across the UK and in Ireland.Todays canal boats have modern kitchens, beds which can be left made up, heating, showers and toilets.
They can sleep from 2 to 12 people.A canal holiday lets you experience the locks to go up or down hill and travel through exciting tunnels. You can cross aqueducts over valleys and rivers - the most famous is 120 feet above the ground.At a steady 4 miles per hour, the canal narrow boat holiday is often described as 'the quickest way to slow down'..
By: Conrad Towner