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Easter on the water

You know you’ve had an amazing time when you don’t want to come home. And when you have the engine... read more

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spottiewllies
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Absolutely wonderful!

This was, without doubt, one of the best holidays we’ve been on. The people we met, the places we... read more

Reviewed April 14, 2019
TravelleingBilburys
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Devon
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Reviewed April 14, 2019

This was, without doubt, one of the best holidays we’ve been on.
The people we met, the places we slept, the pubs we visited, and the food we ate were all lovely but the pace of life and the quality of time together made this a family holiday to remember.
Steve and his team were absolutely amazing from our first enquiry through to teaching us the basics of the boats and locks and setting us off on our own. A big thanks to Geoff, who stayed with us for the first few miles until we were confident rather than just giving us the keys and sending us off like some of the other crews who had boats from other yards we met had happen to them.
Our boat, ‘Tasselweed’ handled like a dream and Steve’s reassurance that canal boating is a contact sport made me feel a bit less guilty about the scratches we put on it!
Sorry about those Steve!
We had a week and got to The Moorings in Royal Leamington Spa. Stop here, you will be impressed.
Another standout pub was The Old Olive Bush at Flecknoe- amazing food and a really friendly landlord. Bit of a walk but well worth it. Phone first though as they aim for quality of experience over quantity of covers and the dining area is not large.
Others well worth a visit we’re The Two Boats, The Narrow Boat and The Boathouse at Braunston (so good we went in twice!). There are loads more we didn’t get to and will definitely be coming back again to try some more.
It is the sign of a great holiday if you are sad when it comes to an end. We were all really sorry to have to leave but we will be back again as soon as we can.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank TravelleingBilburys
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

Have to confess we really enjoyed our amble along the 200+ year old canals. A lot of UK history along the routes no mater which way you go.
The longboat was well prepared and ready for the trip. Kitchen, bed, restroom, towels, guide books and fuel. The only additional task was to top up the potable water tank as required along the route.
Phil was thou rough with the ‘pre-sail’ checklist to go over all the procedures for piloting and living on the longboat. This was followed by a slow cruise along the canal. Lessons were also given for operating the locks.
Weedon is a family run business and the owners are proud and take care of their boats.
One has to set themselves in a different mindset on these canals.
They were originally designed for horse drawn boats so the overall longboat speed is a fast walking pace.
By chance we even got filmed on the youtube series 'Cruising the Cut', really recommend watching some of these before renting a narrowboat.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 23, 2018

The boat, "Hawkweed", was spotless, well equipped, and very comfortable. We were soon able to navigate the cultural divide and learn to use the English-style stove. And driving the boat soon became second nature, thanks in good part to the gentle and comprehensive training provided. We had had a little trepidation about the locks, but Steve and crew made sure we were comfortable with lock operation before sending us off on our own. And part of the full equipment on the boat was a looseleaf binder with instructions for everything -- very helpful.

Another courtesy that earned our gratitude was advice on where to go. Grand Union Narrowboats is close to several major junctions, so the choice of route is not obvious; Steve steered us towards the Leicester Line which proved lovely, bucolic, and perfect for a relaxed holiday. If you go that direction, don't miss the Squisito Butcher & Deli in Yelvertoft and the Witch and Sow in Guilsborough.

Steve was a pleasure to deal with -- courteous, helpful, responsive. We had no problems, due I'm sure to the good state of the boat, but I have full confidence that if any had occurred, a phone call would have sorted it out in short order. He was also very helpful with several little additional favors that made a big difference for us.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank RDurham608
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

The warmest of welcomes awaited our arrival, a quick unload of bags onto a spotless narrow boat, in our case "Ragweed", and we were ready for the off.

As novices we were given a very thorough introduction on our first leg of our journey, we were shown then practiced mooring and how to navigate locks, before saying a fond farewell to our instructors and heading for an evening meal at one of the many canal side inns.

Ragweed itself is a joy to meander along the canal and gets frequent comments on her build quality from those in the know. For us, everything you could need was onboard and comfort was of a good standard and exceptionally clean.

Traveling along the canals is a very relaxing and friendly experience that I would certainly recommend everyone to have a go at and, if the fancy takes you, you could not do better than the "weed" fleet of the Grand Union Narrow boat company.

We will be back.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank talbot829
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Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

From the moment you arrive at the boat yard in Weedon you get a lovely warm welcome from Steve and Steph. Nothing is too much trouble. The boats are immaculately presented with a lovely touch of flowers and a delicious bottle of red wine. Which was so delicious we had to go to the Tesco near bridge 70A to get some more. There is also a bottle of milk in the generous sized fridge and some t bags, sugar and coffee.There's salt and pepper, toilet roll, kitchen roll, t towels, a large bottle of washing up liquid and cloths to wipe down and wash up. Plus a hairdryer. There are lovely complimentary little soaps and bottles of shampoo and conditioner on the lovely fluffy towels. The bed is really cosy. There are also some map books to show where the locks are, water points etc.
Jeff gave us a brief of the boat and lock instructions, where the lock windless' were and water hose etc. My partner was shown how to care for the boat. The boat was extremely warm with fabulous radiators. There's a great galley with an oven, grill and 4 ring hob. There's also a microwave and toaster.
We had a fantastic week on Ragweed and I cried when I had to leave. I wish we could have stayed longer. We saw the British countryside at it's best and we were lucky the sun was shining most days. Shorts and T shirts was the order of the day. I cannot wait to come back. Booking is extremely easy on the website. A top company.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank caroline3262
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