My Dad used to build narrow boats for a living, so when I was younger we spent many a week’s holiday on one.
I have seen much of the English countryside from the rivers and canals that wind through England.
There are many great aspects to canal boat holidays, from the peace and tranquillity as the boat glides through the water, to sitting in the sunshine on the front of a boat engrossed in a book.
If you are taking children there is lots to see, from fabulous wildlife to trees and open fields.
With many pubs, beautiful villages and towns along canals and rivers it can be the perfect lazy way to spend a week.
And it isn’t all just lazing about, for those that like a bit of exercise on their holidays, depending on where you go, there could be locks that test your strength and offer an opportunity to talk to fellow boaters who are usually polite and helpful.
You can go as far or as short a distance as you want, taking it as easy as you like.
Don't worry if you haven't been through a lock before or don't know your port from your starboard, if you are using a canal boat hire company they will show you the ropes before you go out.
*This is a sponsored post, all words and opinions are my own.