5 Surprising Rewards of Choosing a Cambridge Boating Holiday


swift fox stopped for lunch on a narrowboat holiday

If you’ve never tried a boating holiday on the Fenland Waterways you may discover a number of unexpected benefits that make it a little different from your average canal boat holiday.

Among Cambridgeshire’s attractive villages and cities is an impressive network of tranquil rivers, offering strikingly flat landscapes, underneath expansive skies. Here are our top 5 reasons why we love boating in Cambridgeshire.

1) More Water Than the Broads

The Fenland waterways offer more than twice the navigational distance than the Norfolk Broads, although your boating holiday may be a similar experience, enjoying working the locks and cruising through natural surroundings. However, there is so much more choice of place to explore and routes to take!

2) Divine Inspiration

This area has earned itself the name ‘The Holy Land of the English’ because of the churches and cathedrals of Ely, Ramsey, Crowland, Thorney and Peterborough. Ely Cathedral is particularly popular with visitors and is known locally as the ‘Ship of the Fens’ because of its waterway surroundings. If you are fond of discovering our heritage and exploring places of worship then these waterways will provide a fascinating adventure for you. Places to visit

3) Nature Reserves

The Fens nature reserves are a beautiful place to discover a variety of wildlife such as birds, wild flowers and dragonflies, as well as endangered species like the water vole. Travelling far from the rush of traffic and modern life you can get really lost in the natural beauty.

4) Places to Eat

Exploring the rivers and waterways of Cambridgeshire you won’t be short of a tempting choice of places to stop. From traditional country pubs, to fine dining in city restaurants there are many small villages and large towns that will cater for the travelling boater.

5) March

Fox Boats is based in March Town where you will find plenty of places to eat, as well as a museum and a church dedicated to the town’s saint, St Wendreda. March is a Fenland market town and like many Fenland towns, it was once an island surrounded by marshes. March lies on the banks of the old course of the navigable Nene, and today is very popular for leisure boating.

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