5 reasons why you should go on a self-drive canal boat holiday in 2022

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This year, why not be the captain of your own boat? A self-drive canal boating holiday is a great way to discover the waterways of the UK, whilst enjoying complete freedom.


Have you ever fancied yourself as the captain of your own boat? With Le Boat, no licence or experience is required which means you’re one step closer to hopping on board for a canal boating holiday. On your own private, self-drive boat, you can discover the waterways of the UK, and enjoy complete freedom as you decide exactly where to go and what to see. Not convinced yet? Here are five reasons why you should go on a self-drive canal boat holiday in 2022.

1. Escape the crowds

If you want to escape the crowds and spend quality time together with loved ones, exploring a new place each day, then a boating holiday might be for you. Our boats offer the perfect sanctuary for you and your family, or a group of friends, to escape from it all and see what boating life is all about! You can choose to moor up and discover local restaurants, or dine on board using our fully equipped kitchens. There are hot showers, comfortable cabins and great bathrooms – many en suite – and you can relax in the company of those you love. What better way to slow down and rejuvenate than experience life on the water away from the crowds?

2. You can decide exactly where to go and when to stop off

One of the best parts about going on a self-drive boating holiday is that you’ll be free from itineraries. You can decide exactly when and where to stop off, and for how long – you’re the captain after all! If you want to hire bikes and get active, cycling along the riverside, you can do so. The River Thames is one of the world’s most historic waterways, and you can enhance your day on the river with a visit to world-famous heritage sites such as Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace, or simply stop off at a centuries-old pub for dinner. On a self-drive boating holiday, you will have the freedom to plan your days exactly as you wish.

3. No experience is needed

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If you think that this type of holiday is just for experienced boaters, think again. Many of our customers are completely new to a self-drive boating holiday, and hiring a private canal boat is much easier than you think: you’ll be fully briefed and trained when you arrive at the base to ensure that everyone in your party feels assured before setting off. You’ll quickly realise just how easy it is, and will soon become confident navigating the beautiful waterways of the UK.

4. They’re dog-friendly

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No one likes leaving their furry friend behind on holiday. The good news is that you don’t have to on a canal boating holiday with Le Boat! Dogs are very much welcome on board our boats, and your pooch will love exploring your new surroundings with you. Just take your dog’s favourite belongings such as their bowl, blanket, and a favourite toy, so that they’ll feel comfortable and settle in quicker. The Thames has lots of dog-friendly pubs where you and your four-legged friend can dine together, great for if you’re planning on a staycation. A maximum of two dogs are welcome on board each boat, and a pet cleaning supplement of £55 applies.

5. You’ll make memories to last forever

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Gathering your friends and family together on a private canal boating holiday will create memories to last a lifetime. Picture yourself dining al fresco on the sundeck of your boat after firing up the barbecue, glass of wine in hand. Or you could explore historic cities such as Oxford, quaint towns like Henley and Marlow, or stop off for afternoon tea at grand Cliveden House. You’ll enjoy a hassle-free holiday where you can see many places without having to keep packing and unpacking again! There are countless memories to be made on a self-drive boating break with Le Boat.

For more information, visit www.leboat.co.uk 

If you’re new to boating, watch le boat’s introductory video here.