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The Best Bits

Canal boat holidays can be a simple and relaxing break in serene surroundings. But if you fancy seeing something a little more unusual than just delightful British countryside, have a look at the highlights below.

Stoke Bruerne The most picturesque canal village in the book. If you want to see the traditional folk art and culture of the canals then this is the place for you. Book your canal boat holidays from Union Wharf Marina or Gayton Marina.

Tardebigge Locks Old 'biggey' lives up to its name... with 36 locks in a row, this staircase is the ultimate feat in narrow boating. You will probably need to sleep for a week at the end, but at least you can say that you've conquered the biggest flight of locks in the UK! Tardebigge is on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, and can be reached from Alvechurch Marina or Worcester Marina.

Foxton Locks Not as ridiculous as Tardebigge, but a serious challenge all the same- Foxton has a staircase of 10 locks in a row and is located on the Grand Union. Book your canal boat holidays from Union Wharf Marina or Gayton Marina.

Standedge Tunnel The biggest of Britain's canal tunnels. Standedge is a massive 3.5 miles long and burrows through the Pennines at an altitude of 196 metres. It's big, it's impressive and it can be reached on a longer canal boat hire from Union Wharf Marina.

Harecastle Tunnel Harecastle is only half the size of Standedge Tunnel but it will still take your breath away as you make the long and your canal boat holidays from Alvechurch Marina.

Anderton Boat Lift Got to be seen to be believed, this wonder on the Trent and Mersey Canal hauls narrow boats some 15 metres into the air using hydraulics. Anderton Marina is the starting base for your canal boat holidays.

Hatton 21 A flight of how many locks??? That's right, 21 locks are the challenge at Hatton on the Grand Union Canal. That's a whole lot of cranking paddles, pushing heavy lock gates and working as a team. And a whole lot of celebration when you reach the end. Union Wharf Marina or Gayton Marina are the starting bases for your canal boat holidays.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct A bridge that carries the canal (and your canal boat) over a spectacular Welsh ravine. A glorious experience that you won't forget. Ever. Blackwater MeadowWhitchurch Marina or Wrenbury Mill are the starting bases for your canal boat holiday.

Falkirk Wheel The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. It is named after the nearby town of Falkirk in central Scotland. The Falkirk wheel is the world's only rotating boat lift.
Falkirk Marina is the starting bases for your canal boat holiday.