Cruises 2020

Bywater Hotelboat Cruise Schedule 2020

Choosing your hotelboat cruise
There is so much to see and so many possible routes on the inland waterways, it is understandably difficult to decide which particular hotelboat cruise you think you would enjoy the most. In this booklet we try and outline the character of each route, its highlights and points of interest. It is impossible to cover everything, but we hope that, combined with your own personal choice criteria (time of year, heritage, towns and cities etc) you will be able to pick the one for you. If you have any queries regarding any aspect of the hotelboat holidays, please do not hesitate to call, and we shall try and advise in anyway we can.

Kerala and Karnataka are available for charter, offering full and exclusive use of the boats, services of the crew and full-board catering. With the advantage of a sizeable reduction in price, this represents excellent value.

As well as the scheduled cruises given in this booklet, we can provide tailor made itineraries at either end of the season to suit your individual needs or preferences. Please contact us on 07380 941042 or email to discuss.

Single occupancy of the twin/double cabin carries a supplement of 50%. There is no single supplement for a single guest in a single cabin.

A ‘Previous Customer’ discount of 5% applies to all guests who traveled with us in 2018 or 2019. Any discounts shall be accounted for in the balance payment and noted in the confirmation letter.

When planning our schedule we endeavour  to include locations which have good travel connections, although this is not possible on some canals. We also avoid weekend arrivals in locations where we feel there may be disturbance from town centres on first or last evenings. This helps our guests to avoid engineering works on rail lines. and to enable them to take advantage of cheaper weekday travel on public transport.. For those arriving by car, we make every effort to arrange secure car parking facilities at most of our locations. We hope that your travel to and from your hotelboat cruise will be easy and convenient. Should you require any assistance in planning your travel, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you so much to everyone who has booked already for 2020. The following cruises are now full: 4, 7, 10 and 12 .

We have had a cancellation for single cabins on two cruises for next year:
Cruise 8 Liverpool to Manchester 7 nights £850.00 Friday 19th June 2020 Friday 26th June 2020
Cruise 9 Manchester to Sowerby Bridge 8 nights £960.00 Monday 29th June 2020 Tuesday 7th July 2020

Let me know if you are interested in either of these.

CruiseFromToHighlightsNightsStart DatePrice

26 locks, 55 miles, 1 tunnel

Cropredy, Oxford canal summit level, Napton locks, Braunston, Hillmorton Paired locks, Hawkesbury Junction, Coventry Basin

6Wed 15th April£N/A
2CoventryStoke on Trent

31 Locks, 70 miles, 1 tunnel

Coventry Basin, Hawkesbury Junction, Atherstone Locks, Fradley Junction, Great Haywood, Stone, Etruria

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9Wed 22nd April£1050
3Stoke on TrentChester

49 Locks, 45 miles, 1 tunnel

Etruria, Harecastle Tunnel, Cheshire Paired Locks, Bunbury Staircase Locks, Ellesmere Port Museum, Chester

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9Sat 2nd May£1050

35 Locks 63 Miles, 3 tunnels and 2 aqueducts

Chester, Hurleston Junction, Wrenbury, Whitchurch, Ellesmere, Chirk Aqueduct & Tunnel, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen

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8Wed 13th May£waiting list only
5LlangollenNantwich (via the Montgomery canal)

61 miles, 31 locks, 3 tunnels, 4 aqueducts

Llangollen, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Chirk Aqueduct & Tunnel, Frankton Locks, Maesbury Marsh, the newly restored stretch of the Montgomery, Hurlestone Locks, Nantwich

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8Fri 22nd May£960

58 Miles, 16 locks and 1 boat lift!

Nantwich, The Flashes, Anderton Boat Lift, the River Weaver end to end, Northwich.

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7Mon 1st June£850

82 miles, 15 locks, 6 tunnels, 1 boat lift and 1 aqueduct

Northwich, Anderton Lift, Preston Brook & Dutton Tunnels, Barton Swing Aqueduct, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Liverpool

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8Tue 9th June£waiting list only

58 miles, 26 locks, 4 tunnels

Salthouse Dock, Liverpool Dock Complex, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Worsley, Barton Swing Aqueduct, Castlefield Basin.

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7Fri 19th June£waiting list only
9MancheterSowerby Bridge

31 miles, 82 wide locks

Manchester, The Rochdale Canal, The Pennines, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Tuel Lane Lock

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8Mon 29th June£waiting list only
10Sowerby BridgeWhaley Bridge

58 miles, 82 wide locks, 34 narrow locks, 5 aqueducts, 2 tunnels

Tuel Lane Lock, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, The Penines, Manchester, Bugsworth Basin, The Peak District

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10Wed 8th July£waiting list only
11Whaley BridgeStoke

81 miles, 34 locks, 2 tunnel, 4 aqueducts

Bugsworth Basin, The Peak District, Bosley Flight, Harecastle Tunnel, The Caldon Canal, Churnet Valley Steam railway (if timings coincide), Etruria

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9Mon 20th July£1050

86 miles, 72 locks, 6 aqueducts

Etruria, Stone, Great Haywood, Swarkestone, Erewash Canal, Trent Junction, River Trent, Beeston Cut, Nottingham

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9Thu 30th July£waiting list only
13NottinghamMarket Harborough

57 miles, 46 locks, 1 tunnel, 1 aqueduct

Nottingham, Beeston Cut, river Trent, Trent Junction, River Soar, Bottom of Foxton Locks, Market Harborough

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7Mon 10th August£850
14Market HarboroughWarwick via Stoke Bruene

78 miles, 64 locks, 5 tunnels and 6 small aqueducts

Foxton Staircase Locks & Inclined Plain, Leicester Branch, Blisworth Tunnel, Stoke Bruerne, Braunston Tunnel & Town.

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9Wed 19th August£1050

51 Miles, 92 locks, 6 tunnels

Hatton Locks (twice!), Lapworth locks, The Stratford Canal, Bourneville, Gas Street Basin, Farmers Bridge Locks, The Grand Union, Knowle Locks

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8Tue 1st September£960

45 miles, 99 locks, 4 tunnels of 2.5 miles in total, 3 small aqueducts

Hatton Locks, Kingswood Junction, Wast Hill & Tardebigge Tunnels, Tardebigge Flight,Droitwich, Worcester, Diglis Basin

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7Fri 11th September£850
17WorcesterStratford upon Avon

0 miles, 112 narrow locks, 5 tunnels of 2.5 miles in total, 2 aqueducts

Worcester, Tardebigge Locks, Tardebigge & Wasthills Tunnels, Lapworth, Kingswood Junction, Forest of Arden, Stratford upon Avon

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8Mon 21st September£960
18Stratford upon AvonBanbury

58 miles 103 locks 3 aqueducts 1 tunnel

Stratford, Forest of Arden, Kingswood Junction, Hatton Flight, Stockton Flight, Napton, Oxford Canal Summit, Cropredy

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8Thu 1st October£960

33 miles and 19 locks

Somerton Deep Lock, The Cherwell River, Thrupp, South Oxford Canal, Dukes Cut, The Upper Thames, The spires of Oxford

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5Sat 10th October£650

33 miles and 19 locks

The spires of Oxford, The Upper Thames, Dukes Cut, South Oxford Canal, Thrupp, The Cherwell River, Somerton Deep Lock.

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5Sat 17th October£650