Chiltern Canal Boat Holidays Blog

Bringing you regular updates about our latest CCBH news and exclusive offers!

Static Narrowboat Hire

If you've always wanted to stay on a narrowboat but are a little bit nervous about driving and locks, then our static narrowboat hire could be the perfect introduction to life on the water. With great access to the Chilterns, on the border of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, hiring one of our narrowboats on a static basis offers a completely unique type of self-catering accommodation, which is certain to be more memorable than your average holiday cottage!

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A Guide to Narrowboat Terminology

If you've never been on a boat before, there are lots of words that can make it all sound a little bit confusing. 

So, to help simplify it all, we've rounded up a simple guide to narrowboat terminology .

Take a look at the Narrowboat Glossary>>

Red Kites in the Chilterns

Following a successful reintroduction programme that started in 1989, the Chilterns are now regarded as one of the best places to admire Red Kites.

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5 Do's and Don'ts of NarrowBoating

If you are new to narrowboating, it can seem a bit daunting with all the rules and information you need to remember. So we've compiled this handy beginners guide of things you should and shouldn't do when driving a narrowboat on the UK's inland waterways...


1. Slow down when you pass other boats

You'll regularly pass boats that are ether moored up on the canalside or are cruising in the opposite direction. Either way, it's important to slow down to make sure that you can pass safely and without causing any disruption to those other boaters.

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4 Facts About the Grand Union Canal

The Grand Union Canal is one of the most famous canals in the UK, but how much do you know about it? Take a look at our article and learn something new today.

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Canal Boat Open Day!

Have you ever wanted to look inside a narrowboat? Or maybe you're thinking about holiday but have never driven a boat before and want to know a bit more first? 

Well come visit us for our open day! You can meet the team, take a tour of the boats and ask any questions you may have about boating.

Find out more here>>

Bookings now open

Why not treat yourself and a loved one to a mini break? Bookings are now open on this delightful 27ft couples boat, Mini Escape.  While it may be small, it has everything you need to enjoy a comfortable break on the Grand Union, with a fully equipped kitchen with gas oven, grill and hob, log burning fire, a super comfy sofa and footstool which quickly converts to a double bed at night time, and a lovely walk through bathroom. 

Head over to our Mini Escape page to take a look inside and book your getaway today, and you could be the first lucky hirer of this stunning little boat: Click here to find out more>>

National Tourism Week - 3 Reasons to visit the Chilterns

Have you visited the Chilterns? Here are 3 reasons why you should:

1. Countryside that you wouldn't want to miss. With the Chiltern Hills being a designated an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', you'll never be short of walking routes to explore, wildlife to discover or beauty spots to photograph.

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CCBH Wins 2022 Travel & Tourism Award 

We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded the title of 'Best Narrowboat Holiday Experience - South East England' in the LUXLife Travel & Tourism Awards 2022!

Now in its seventh year, the LUXlife Travel & Tourism Awards aim to recognise and shine a spotlight on those within the industry that go above and beyond for their clients. To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated establishments that have been selected for them, please visit

New Products for 2022 

We are very excited to announce that we will soon be launching our second holiday boat 'Mini Escape'. As a smaller 2 berth boat aimed at couples, this stunning 27ft narrowboat will be perfect for a romantic getaway in the countryside. We have been busy over the winter designing this small but perfectly formed canal boat which is being completely refurbished to provide luxury accommodation with all the home from home essentials you need - a super comfy sofabed, HD TV, traditional log fire, a well equipped kitchen with a retro fridge and gas cooker, and a gorgeous bathroom with electric toilet, shower and table top sink. Keep an eye on our website and social media pages to be the first to know when bookings are open and you could be our lucky first customer to take your loved one away on a romantic mini escape.

And that's not all! 

A New Location for 2022! 

Following a brilliant first year in 2021, we are excited to have moved to a new location at Cow Roast Waterside Marina managed by Aquavista.

This great new location brings us even closer to the peaceful stretch of the Wendover Arm and the beautiful Marsworth Reservoirs, meaning our customers can enjoy a relaxing few days of lock free cruising if they wish. Plus you can still easily cruise to the lovely towns of Berkhamsted and Leighton Buzzard where you'll find plenty of restaurants and shops to keep you entertained.

We are really looking forward to welcoming our customers this year at Cow Roast :)

Launching our Exclusive 2021 Christmas Package 

Enjoy 6 nights aboard our luxury narrowboat from Tuesday 22nd December to Monday 27th and you can ensure it will be a Christmas to remember forever. The boat will be festively decorated for your arrival (including a Christmas Tree!) and you can explore the beauty of the English countryside in the midst of winter - treat yourself to a little last minute Christmas shopping in Berkhamsted, enjoy a frosty morning walk around Marsworth Reservoirs, start a snowball fight on the Wendover Arm, and then end the day snuggled up on the sofa in front of the coal stove. And with a fully equipped kitchen, you can be sure to serve up a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, or alternatively book into one of the local canalside pubs to avoid the washing up :)

Get all this for just £1,020. Book online today and look forward to a extraordinary Christmas!

CCBH on Bucks Breakfast Radio 

Today we were lucky enough to be invited on Bucks Breakfast Radio to talk their host, Pippa, about our new business in the Chilterns. We talk about what makes narrowboat holidays unique, where to moor and the friendliness of the community you can find on the canals. Check out the full interview here: