7 Awesome Lessons That 2016 Taught Us About Narrowboating


with kind permission of Jan Pickles


If you’ve been following our blog this year there’s probably not much you don’t know about how much we love exploring the Fenland waterways by narrowboat, but if you missed any of these articles here are just some of the things we learned about narrowboating in 2016.

1) How do celebrities hide from the paparazzi and get back to nature?

Boaters on the CanalWorld discussion forums have spotted Matthew Corbett, Toyah Wilcox, Timothy Spall, Nicholas Cage, David Suchet, Heston Blumenthal, Brian Blessed, Camilla Parker Bowles and Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees messing about in boats. Want to join them? In January we published How to Holiday Like a Celebrity Without it Costing a Fortune

2) Five narrowboat mistakes you don’t know you’re making

If you’re new to narrowboating and haven’t tried a canal boat holiday before there may be some mistakes that you don’t even know you’re making. Before planning your first narrowboat holiday in 2017 check out these five myths busted by an experienced narrowboater: Do You Make These 5 Narrowboat Holiday Mistakes?

3) What are the best pubs on the Fenland waterways?

Now we’re getting down to the important questions! We asked the Fox Narrowboats team what are some of the best pubs on the Fenland waterways? They were only too pleased to do some pub-related research, and suggested these three riverside pubs along some of our favourite holiday narrowboating routes. Our Top 3 Pubs for Your Fenland Narrowboat Holiday

4) Did Brexit cause a rise in staycations?

In July The Guardian reported that more and more Brits were staying at home, instead of holidaying abroad, and overseas tourists were tempted to choose a UK holiday because of the favourable exchange rate post-Brexit. We found that cost-savvy Brits started choosing narrowboat staycations.

5) Where do the local boaters go?

We asked the local boaters on the East Anglian waterways if they had any tips and suggestions of their favourite moorings and best places to visit on the Cam, Ouse, Nene and Middle Levels? Here are the Fenland Boaters’ Top Tips for Your Narrowboat Summer Holiday

6) Where to stop on the River Nene

If you’re looking for a less-crowded narrowboat holiday where you can enjoy stunning countryside and attractive villages, these three narrowboating writers recommend these three beautiful moorings: The 3 Best Moorings When Narrowboating on the Nene

7) Would narrowboating suit me?

If you’re interested in walking, nature, heritage, drawing, painting, photography, market towns and rural villages, country pubs and city shopping, a canal boat holiday can include all of these things. Here are three cool ideas to add to your narrowboat holiday plans. 3 Cool Things to Do on a Narrowboat Holiday

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