How Far Can I Go?
In deciding which route to take, you need first to decide how much time you want to spend actually cruising and which of the numerous places of interest you want to take time to stop and visit, together with how long you might like to stop at the variety of pubs along your route for lunch each day.
To help you plan this there are a range of Guides to the waterways accessible from our base available from our booking office or our Marina office or alternatively these are available to purchase online on the Bookings Form. We would strongly recommend that you obtain a guide that covers the area you think you would like to cruise as these give you a wealth of information on distances, locks, winding holes (places where you can turn around) together with pubs, restaurants and places of interest with a backcloth of local history and interest.
Armed with your guide you can then calculate how far you want to go. The boats will cruise at around 4 miles per hour and distances are clearly indicated on the guides. You will of course have to negotiate locks (manned or self operated) and the occasional swing bridge. Generally it will take about 15 minutes to negotiate a lock and if you therefore add 1 mile to your distance for every lock this will give you a total distance. Now simply divide this by the cruising speed of 4 miles per hour – this will give you the number of hours it will take to complete the selected route. As long as this gives you a daily cruising time that you are happy with allowing for those points of interest and stopovers (and remembering that you cannot cruise before dawn or after dusk) then you are all set to move to the next part of the planning. Should you need any assistance in developing your route contact us and we will be happy to give you advice and guidance.
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