‘Do I need any kind of licence to drive a narrowboat?’
– The answer to this is no. You don’t need any experience either. The boat is really easy to drive. There are a few things that you need to know and we won’t send you out on your own until you’ve had some training and practice. We’ll stay with you for about an hour and we’ll let you get plenty of hands on practice before we leave.
‘What are the rules of the road?’
– There are some rules, such as cruising on the right, slowing down while passing moored boats and where to moor up. We will send you a guide which tell you all about the boat and best canal practices. We will always be available for you to ask questions too.
‘I’m nervous about locks – how do they work?’
– Our guide will help you prepare for handling locks and there are lots of videos online showing you what to expect. If you want us to we will stay with you on your first day until the first lock and we’ll do that one together. A good understanding and routine are key, as are taking your time.
‘How do we plan our journey?’
– We will send you a link to a website which has an excellent planner. It will break your trip right down to individual bridges if you like, and they are all numbered too so it’s very hard to get lost. It’s always good to know what’s coming up too.
‘Where do we moor up?’
–You can moor up almost anywhere. There are a few places where you can’t and there will be signs telling you this, and there are a few places where you shouldn’t, such as close to bridges and locks or close to bends…otherwise the choice is yours.
'How fast can you go?’
– The absolute speed limit is 4mph, but our boat hasn’t got a speedometer. It’s more about going slowly anyway…and relaxing. Basically, if you’re creating a breaking wash and bubbles at the sides of the canal with your wake then you’re probably going an bit too fast.
‘What’s inside the boat?’
– Our boat is very well equipped. It sleeps 4 people – one double and 2 singles that can make a second double if required. It has a galley with gas hobs, grill and oven. All pots, pans, crockery and cutlery is supplied. You just need to bring food and drink. The bathroom has a flushing loo, (which you shouldn’t need to empty), and a shower. The front cabin has a TV/DVD and a radio / CD. There is a wood / coal fire and a lovely seating area in the front. The only topping up you will need to do will be the water tank and there are taps located regularly along the canal.
‘What is there to do?’
– Apart from the wonderful scenery that you will see, along with varied wildlife, there are plenty of pubs and eateries along the way. There are all sorts of towns and villages to visit, such as Nantwich, Chester, Middlewich, Market Drayton and the lovely Llangollen. There is plenty to keep the kids entertained with. Getting them involved with working the locks will make sure they are more than ready for bedtime at the end of the day.
These are just a few of the questions you may have. If you have others, which are not answered here, please feel free to contact us using the details above. Then..why not make a booking? What is stopping you?