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Observation lounge, upper deck, mouth watering food. All cabins fully equipped and en-suite. Passing through the Yorkshire Dales, Lancashire countryside and vibrant cities.

Narrowboat Ellis - Scheduled cruising narrowboat, up to 2 guests. Narrowboat Ellis offers a relaxed, informal Narrow-boating experience "somewhere between a Hotel boat and a boating trip with old friends"! Hotel Boat Kailani - Scheduled cruising wideboat, up to 4 guests. Luxury 5 star widebeam hotel boat.

Full board with superb catering, en-suite private cabins for 4 guests. Traditional wide beam all-inclusive hotel boat offering a choice of routes on the Southern Waterways. Travel back to a bygone era and experience possibly the most relaxing of holidays available.

All inclusive 3 to 7 night cruises for up to six guests. Takara Hotel Boat - Scheduled cruising Narrowboat, up to 4 guests. A relaxing and friendly cruise on our traditional hotel narrow boat. All en-suite cabins, excellent home cooked food and fully licensed bar. A great way to explore the canals of England and Wales.

Read our Hotelboat News Keep up to the minute with interesting news and developments from the Hotelboat world. This was our second hiring from Peak Forest base. Our initial intention was the Cheshire Ring but a bank collapse near Marple had closed that part of the ring so we decided to head south and do the Four Counties ring instead.

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This, as it turned out, was a better option for our novice narrowboating friends. We also had time to divert up the Llangollen canal to experience the Chirk and Pontcysyllte aquaducts and Chirk tunnel. We returned to Etruria via Middlewich, Hardings Wood and the Harecastle tunnel, our third time going through last time we were held up by John Sargent recording a bit for his "Barging Around Britain" series.

We arrived back at Etruria with a few days to spare. Our companions had to leave us then as their time was more limited than ours, due to work commitments, and they wanted to spend a few days experiencing London.


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We carried on on our own and decided to travel up the Caldon canal to Froghall. We had previously been up to Leek. This Caldon is a very pleasant canal but the branch to Froghall was no so good. This part of the canal we found to be very narrow, shallow and windy with many tight, blind turns.

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A couple of time we had to pole off after grounding when moving over for other boats. The main problem was out boat size, a 62 footer. This canal is more suited to smaller boats under, say, 50 foot in our opinion. We did not go all the way to Froghall as the last bridge is too low, but we knew that. We returned to Etruria to spend our final night moored at Black Prince base. This was all done in a 2 week hire. A few points to note.

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Our boat, Elizabeth, was as usual immaculately presented. We needed a pump out before going up the Caldon. We have never needed to do this on our previous three fortnight hiring but there were four of us this time. We topped our water tanks every two days but never ran out. The Wifi was terrible in many locations as was TV receptions. This was, I think, mostly due to the topography of the area and being away from large town centres a lot of the time.

Our friends loved the experience and I'm sure they will be back on day and we will too, health permitting. Thank you for your review, it sounds like you managed to fit a lot into your trip! You've provided some really useful advice and tips here, thank you for sharing. We look forward to welcoming you on a Black Prince holiday again soon. Best Jo. We hired a canal boat late September from Falkirk travelling the Union Canal.

It was fantastic.

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The boat was fitted out perfectly for two couples. Spotlessly clean, well appointed. The staff were lovely and extremely helpful. Beautiful countryside, picturesque towns. Great weather.

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Anyone from Australia who likes boating should do this trip. A delightful holiday. Would recommend. Thank you for coming all the way from Australia to holiday with Black Prince! We are so pleased that you had a good holiday and hope to welcome you and any other Aussie friends! The first Black Price narrow boat holiday we did from Elly was so good that we had to do another.

This time we wanted to go to Scotland and experience the Falkirk wheel and Union canal. The "Black Prince" boats are certainly very well equipped,reliable and very clean.

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Everyone involved at Falkirk, from the office staff to the boat yard staff and the Scottish Canals staff are are really helpful and friendly. The trip itself is unique considering the Falkirk wheel experience. Don't worry if you haven't done anything like this before, the Scottish canal staff help you with all aspects of the wheel and the locks past the wheel. To summarize the 6 night trip, we went from Falkirk to Linlithgow which is a beautiful town with plenty of pubs and all types of shops and of course the Linlithgow Palace.

Stayed at Linlithgow for the night, then down the canal to Ratho for a couple of nights. Ratho is a quiet town with a great pub, then back to Linlithgow for a couple of nights. This was a great holiday made even better by all the people we met, either on the canal or in the towns.

The weather in September went fro sunny to drizzly to rain but that's what to be expected. And while you are so close, you must go and see the Kelpies. Absolutely magnificent sculptures.