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Milton Keynes: The Ultimate destination for a stress-free family narrowboat holiday

Calling all adventurous families with teens in tow! Craving a canal boat holiday that combines the relaxation of narrowboating with something more thrilling to keep the kids entertained? Milton Keynes has something for everyone - offering the perfect blend of green spaces, historical intrigue, and adrenaline-pumping theme parks, it is an ideal destination for a memorable narrowboat holiday that has something for all the family.

Click here to find out why Milton Keynes should be on your next narrowboat holiday itinerary>>

Best Canalside Pubs on the south Grand Union canal

Canal boat holidays on the Grand Union Canal would not be complete without visiting one of its many canalside pubs - it's the perfect way to wind down after a day of narrowboating adventures.

That's why we've rounded up our 5 favourite canalside pubs on the southern section of the Grand Union Canal. Whether you're looking for a place to enjoy a quiet pint with the dog, or an exquisite meal with stunning views of the canal, we've got you covered.

Click here to read about our favourite canalside pubs>>

What to pack for your canal boat holiday

Canal boat holidays are a fun way to explore the British countryside and enjoy the peace and quiet of the canals. However, it's important to pack the right things for your narrowboat trip so that you're comfortable and prepared for anything. That's why we've put together this handy guide of what to pack for your canal boat holiday, so that you can enjoy your getaway without worrying too much about what you're going to need.

Read more about what to pack for your canal boat holiday>>

Canal Boat Rental in the Chilterns: The perfect weekend trip from London

With its winding waterways and picturesque villages, the Chilterns AONB is the ideal place to take a canal boat holiday. Plus, as you you can reach us in less than an hour from central London, our breaks are the perfect weekend getaway for those who want to escape the city for a couple of nights and enjoy a peaceful countryside retreat.

Find out what makes this the perfect short trip from London>>

7 Top Tips for Booking your 2024 Canal Holiday

Hiring a canal boat and setting off to explore the UK's inland waterways is a great way to spend your holidays! But, with so many canal boat hire options available in the UK today, how can you be sure you are booking the best canal holiday? Well, that's what we are here to help with!

Read our 7 Top Tips for Booking Your 2024 Canal Boat Holiday>>

5 Do's and 5 Don'ts of Narrow Boating

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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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!

Find Out More About Static Hire>>

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>>

CCBH Wins 2022 Luxury 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