Frequently Asked Questions    

Smoking

Both boats are non smoking.

What is provided on the boats?

Everything that you need for your holiday is provided:-
A well equipped kitchen area with fridge, gas cooker, crockery, pots, cutlery and glasses.
Comfortable bunks with sheets, pillows and duvets.
One large and one small towel per person per week.
Safety equipment.
Diesel fuel and gas.

We also provide a starter pack consisting of:-
Cleaning materials.
Washing up liquid.
Tea towel.
2 Toilet rolls.
J cloths.
Rubbish sacks.

What do I need to bring with me?

Just bring your clothes and food. Non-slip shoes are a must and rain-wear is recommended. Holiday insurance should be arranged through a reputable company.

 

What should I not bring with me?

It is best not to bring hard suitcases as, on any boat, space is at a premium and softbags/ backpacks fit more easily into small spaces. Formal clothes are usually unnecessary - casual clothes are more comfortable to wear when you are going through locks and opening up swing bridges. Lock walls can be quite dirty and lock equipment can be greasy.

How far can I travel during my holiday?

You will probably cruise for about 5 to 7 hours each day. There is a speed limit of 4 miles per hour on the canal (walking pace). When you need to go through locks these will take about 15-30 minutes each. This time should be added to the time it will take you to get to your next stop.

What are the arrangements for insurance?

Our boats are insured for third party risks. You are responsible for any damage or losses to the boat and its equipment. You are required to take out your own holiday insurance to cover cancellations, personal accidents and loss of personal effects.

What restrictions are there on bookings?

None but we prefer families because we are a family run business. Hirers should be fit enough to be able to climb ladders in the locks. Overseas visitors are very welcome but will need sufficient knowledge of English to understand the handover briefing and any instructions given by Bristol Waterways staff.

Can I bring my pet?

Please 'phone to discuss.

I have never driven a narrowboat before, will I be able to handle the boat?

A qualified inland waterways instructor will teach how to handle your boat as part of the hand- over procedure. We will show you how to work the boat through the locks and bridges and will make sure that you feel confident and happy about handling the boat before you set off on your own. Typically, the handover will take two to three hours and you will become familiar with the basics to be able to handle the boat safely and the fee for this handover procedure is covered in the holiday hire price. We will send you a copy of “The Boater's Handbook” published by British Waterways when you book your holiday.

For complete mastery of the boat and the canal you might consider taking one of our Royal Yachting Association recognized training courses as an addition to your holiday. Click here to visit our training website.

What do I do if I have any problems?

We are available at all times and will come to you wherever you are. We want your holiday to be troublefree and will do our utmost to ensure that it is.

What is a narrowboat holiday like?

It's full of variety. The pace of boating is slow and therefore relaxing. On the other hand when you are navigating the canal you will encounter locks, swing bridges and other canal boats, so it can also be as active as you like. You may decide to stop close to a waterside pub to have lunch or dinner or just to go for a walk to admire the stunning scenery. There are many places of interest so your narrowboat holiday will provide something for all the family.

Where should I stop at night?

You can moor overnight alongside the towpath without charge. Some areas are given time limits of say, 48 hours, but any limits are clearly marked. There will be restrictions close to locks or other navigation landmarks to allow other boats to pass without difficulty. The signs at the side of the canal show where the moorings are and where you should not stop. The rules of the canal are quite simple and will be explained in the Boater's Handbook.