Cruises 2021

Bywater Hotelboat Cruise Schedule 2021

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 will 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.

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. If we do not have a current secure location there are now websites which offer private spaces on driveways, such as or

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.


Details of our COVID-19 refund policy can be found here.

CruiseFromToHighlightsNightsStart DatePrice

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3Market HarboroughNottingham

59 miles, 45 locks and 1 tunnel

Market Harborough Arm, Foxton Locks, Grand Union Leicester Arm, Leicester, River Soar, River Trent, Nottingham

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8Wed 19th May£1030
4NottinghamStoke on Trent

89 miles and 69 locks

Nottigham, the Erewash Canal, River Trent, Shardlow, Fradley Junction, Cannock Chase, Stone, Etruria.

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9Sat 29th May£1125
5Stoke on TrentChester

49 Locks, 61 miles and 1 long tunnel!

Etruria, Trent and Mersey Canal, Harecastle Tunnel, Cheshire paired locks, Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal, Bunbury Staircase, Beeston, Chester.

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7Wed 9th Jun£910

62 miles, 35 locks, 3 tunnels and 2 grand aqueducts

Chester, the Shropshire Union Canal, Chester & Bunbury Staircase Locks, the Llangollen Canal, Chirk Tunnel and Aqueduct, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen.

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8Fri 18th Jun£1030

60 miles, 37 locks, 3 tunnels and 2 grand aqueducts

Llangollen, Dee Valley, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Chirk Aqueduct, Chirk Tunnel, Montgomery Canal, meres at Ellesmere, Elizabethan Nantwich.

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8Mon 28th Jun£1030

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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7Thu 8th Jul£910

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

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

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7Sat 17th Jul£910
10LiverpoolWhaley Bridge

79 miles, 57 locks and 6 tunnels

Liverpool, Liverpool Canal Link, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, the Leigh Branch, Worsley, the Bridgewater Canal, the Barton Swing Aqueduct, the Rochdale Canal, the Ashton Canal, Peak Forest Canal, Marple Flight ,Bugsworth Basin, Whaley Bridge.

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8Wed 28th Jul£1030
11Whaley BridgeStoke on Trent (via the Caldon Canal)

74 miles, 49 locks and 3 tunnels

Bugsworth Basin, Upper Peak Forest Canal, Macclesfield Canal, Goyt Valley, Bosley Flight, Harecastle Tunnel, the Trent & Mersey Canal, the Caldon Canal, Consall Forge, Churnet Valley, the Leek Branch, Etruria

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9Sat 7th Aug£1125
12Stoke on TrentStourbridge

62 mile, 79 locks and 3 tunnels

Etruria, Stone, Great Haywood, the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, Autherley Narrows, Wolverhampton Flight, Birmingham Main Line, Netherton Tunnel, Stourbridge Canal, Stourbridge.

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9Thu 19th Aug£1125

54 miles, 86 locks and 9 tunnels.

Stourbridge, Dudley Canal No. 1, Delph Locks, Netherton Tunnel, the Birmingham Main Line, Gas Street Basin, Worcester and Birmingham Canal, King’s Norton Junction, Wast Hill Tunnel, Tardebigge Flight, Droitwich Barge Canal, River Severn, Diglis Basin

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8Tue 31st Aug£1030
14WorcesterStratford upon Avon

50 miles, 109 locks, 1 aqueduct and 5 tunnels

Worcester, Worcester and Birmingham Canal, Tardebigge, Wasthills Tunnel, Guillotine Lock, Stratford Canal, Kingswood Junction, Lapworth Flight, Forest of Arden, Wilmcote Flight, Stratford

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9Sat 11th Sep£1125
15Stratford upon AvonCoventry

Waiting List Only

68 miles , 77 locks, 3 tunnels and a spectacular aqueduct

Stratford upon Avon and Shakespeare Country, Wilmcote, Forest of Arden, Lapworth Locks, Kingswood Junction, The Grand Union, Knowle Flight, Birmingham and Fazeley, Atherstone Flight, Anker Valley, Coventry Arm

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9Wed 22nd Sep£1125


56 miles, 26 locks and 2 tunnels.

Coventry basin, Hawkesbury Junction, Hilmorton Paired Locks, Newbold Tunnel, Braunston, Napton Flight, Claydon Locks, Cropredy, Banbury.

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7Mon 4th Oct£910

33 Miles, 28 locks

Banbury, South Oxford Canal, Cropredy, Claydon Locks, the Oxford Summit, Napton Flight, the Grand Union Canal, historic Braunston.

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5Wed 13th Oct£700