Cruises 2023

Bywater Hotelboat Cruise Schedule 2023

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 here, 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 have traveled with us since 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. 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.

CruiseFromToHighlightsNightsStart DatePrice
1RugbyMarket Harborough

46 Miles, 28 Locks and 3 Tunnels

North Oxford Canal, Braunston Tunnel, Watford Staircase, Crick Tunnel, Husband Bosworth Tunnel, Foxton Locks, Market Harborough Arm

A short spring cruise taking in some highlights of the Grand Union canal

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6Tue. 18th April£975
2Market HarboroughFenny Stratford

62 Miles, 32 Locks and 3 Tunnels

Market Harborough Arm, Foxton Locks, Husband Bosworth Tunnel, Crick Tunnel, Watford Staircase, Weedon Bec, Stoke Bruerne, Blisworth Tunnel

A second taster cruise taking in the impressive Foxton and Watford flights then whizzing up the Grand Union!

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6Wed. 26th April£975
3Fenny StratfordBrentford

55 Miles and 79 Locks

Soulbury Locks, Marsworth Locks, Tring Summit, Berkhampstead, Rickmansworth, Bull’s Bridge Junction, Brentford Thames Lock

A real lock wheelers cruise, lock after lock after lock!

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8Thu. 4th May£1245

37 Miles, 34 Locks and 4 Tunnels

Hanwell Locks, Regent’s Canal, London Zoo, Camden, Battlebridge Canal Museum, Islington Tunnel, Olympic Park, Limehouse Basin, Little Venice

The complete London experience, West to East and back again!

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5Mon 15th May£845

61 Miles, 69 Locks and 4 Tunnels

Little Venice, Regent’s Canal, London Zoo, Camden, Battlebridge Canal Museum, Olympic Park, Limehouse Basin, Rickmansworth, Tring Summit

The East End of London and back again, before tackling the many broad locks of the Grand Union canal.

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9Mon 22nd May£1365

83 Miles, 73 Locks and 2 Tunnels

Marsworth Locks, Blisworth Tunnel, Stoke Bruerne, Braunstone Tunnel, Braunstone, Napton Flight, The Oxford Summit, Claydon Locks, Banbury

A mix of the new(ish) and old! The quick and broad Grand Union contrasts with the narrow and winding Oxford Canal.

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9Fri 2nd Jun£1365

27 Miles and 17 Locks of Canal. 39 Miles and 13 Locks on the Thames

Somerton Deep Lock, Thames Valley, The Isis, Thrupp, The Spires of Oxford, Abingdon, Wallingford, Reading

Taking the old route to London. A lovely mix of canal and river cruising

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7Tue 13th June£1095

55 Miles, 78 Locks and 1 Tunnel

Reading, The River Kennet, Newbury, Hungerford, Crofton Flight, Devizes, Caen Hill Flight

Dipping in and out of the River Kennet with many quirky locks!

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8Thu 22nd June£1245
9DevizesDevizes (via Bath)

43 Miles, 57 Locks and 2 magnificent aqueducts

Bradford-on-Avon, Avoncliffe and Dundas Aqueducts, Avon Valley, Bath and back again for the Caen Hill Flight

Up and down the Avon Valley. Beautiful towns and spectacular aqueducts.

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7Tue 4th July£1095

33 Miles, 35 Locks and 1 Tunnel

Devizes, Crofton Flight, The Kennet and Avon Summit, Hungerford, Newbury

A Kennet and Avon taster cruise, sampling both lovely river valleys.

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5Thu 13th July£845

58 Miles and 35 Locks

Newbury, the River Kennet, Reading, The Thames, Wallingford, Abingdon, Oxford’s Spires

The best of the lower Thames.

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7Thu 20th July£1095

63 Miles and 63 Locks

Oxford city, Thrupp Turn, Cherwell valley, Somerton Deep Lock, Cropredy, The Oxford Summit, Napton Locks, Bascote Staircase, Warwick

From the back roads of the Oxford Canal to the turnpike of the Grand Union. A study of contrasts.

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8Mon 31st July£1245

47 Miles, 65 Locks and 5 Tunnels

Hatton Locks, Kingswood Junction, Lapworth Flight, Stratford Canal, King’s Norton Junction, Gas Street Basin, Birmingham Main Line, Netherton Tunnel, Delph Locks, Stourbridge Basin

A trip through the heart of the English canal network


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7Thu 10th August£1095

55 Miles, 51 Locks and 1 Tunnel

Bratch Locks, Aldersley Junction, The Shropshire Union, Woodeaves Cutting, Tyrley Locks, Adderly Locks, Nantwich Embankment

From the industrial heartlands to Elizabethan Nantwich through the beautiful Shropshire countryside

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7Sat 19 August£1095

46 Miles, 21 Locks, 3 Tunnels and 2 Spectacular Aqueducts

Hurleston Locks, Wrenbury, Grindley Brook Staircase, Ellesmere, Chirk Tunnel and Aqueduct, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen.

Dramatic engineering and peaceful countryside on this journey from England to Wales

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7Tue 29th August£1095

46 Miles, 21 Locks, 3 Tunnels and 2 Spectacular Aqueducts

Llangollen, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Chirk Tunnel and Aqueduct, Ellesmere, Grindley Brook Staircase, Wrenbury, Hurleston Locks

Dramatic engineering and peaceful countryside on this journey from Wales to England

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7Thu 7th September£1095
17NantwichWhaley Bridge

59 Miles and 49 Locks

The Shropshire Union Canal, Middlewich Branch, Cheshire Paired locks, Hardings Wood Junction, Macclesfield Canal, Bosley Locks, Marple Junction, Peak Forest canal, Bugsworth Basin

From the Cheshire plains to the Peak District on five unique canals

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8Mon18th Sep£1245
18Whaley BridgeStoke (via Froghall)

65 Miles, 37 Locks and 2 Tunnels

Bugsworth Basin, Peak Forest Canal, Marple Junction, Bosley Locks, Macclesfield Canal, Hardings Wood Junction, Caldon Canal, Churnet Valley, Froghall Basin, Leek Branch

Peaks, valleys and industrial heritage on this four canal cruise

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9Thu 28th Sep£1365
19Stoke on TrentCoventry

70 Miles and 31 Locks

Etruria, Meaford Flight, Stone, Great Haywood Junction, Trent and Mersey Canal, Fradley Junction, Atherstone Locks, Hawkesbury Junction, Coventry Canal, Coventry Arm

Lively canal junctions, rural seclusion and plenty of good old English pubs!

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9Mon 9th Oct£1365