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Boating on the Middle Level in May 1984 Part 1 with John Revell

Discover John Revell’s adventure narrowboating the Middle Level waterways back in 1984. This is Part 1 of 3. John purchased his first boat at the Shropshire Union navigated the River Nene including meeting lock keepers, eating at some of the best waterside pubs and decribes the things that did not go according to plan. John met Charlie Fox and moved his boat to Foxes Marina. Read more ›

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Your Perfect 2023 Narrowboat Holiday Destination

Should you book your 2023 holiday now to avoid increasing prices? Read more about Ely; a charming cathedral city, for a holiday destination that won’t break the bank.Read more ›

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As Ely hosts the Boat Race looking at the course on the Ely Ouse.

Today as the river Great Ouse hosts the boat race we are fortunate to have a guest post from David Goode Fellow and Praelector of Wolfson College Cambridge regarding the boat race channel on the river Great Ouse. My friend,Read more ›

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What’s in a name ?

Fox Boat owner Chris shares his thoughts on Fenland names throughout time. What’s in a name ? Fenland has been described by many nicknames over the years – and each one sheds a different light on various aspects of itsRead more ›

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Why You Should Hire a Narrowboat for the Day near Ely

Do you live in Peterborough, Wisbech, Ely or Huntingdon? Want to get together with some friends and family? Have you thought about hiring a narrowboat, just for a day? A relaxing boat trip on the Cambridge river network could beRead more ›

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Are Museums Ever Fun? The Answer Might Surprise You

Have you ever had a fun day out discovering English heritage, and visiting places that offer a kind of nostalgic magic? Don’t you just love it when an ancient building triggers your imagination and sends your mind time-travelling off intoRead more ›

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Why January is the Best Time to Book Your Hire Boat Holiday

Following the festive season the month of January can feel like a real downer, as it creeps in with the cold weather and dismally short, dark days. Yet the New Year can also put us in the mood for planningRead more ›

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Seven Surprising Differences We Discovered Cruising the Middle Levels

I used to run a traditional pair of hotel narrowboats, Snipe and Taurus with my husband. We had a lot of routes that were standard fare – we did them regularly, and knew them really well, but every summer weRead more ›

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Riverside Dining

Grand Central Ely This months riverside dining visit was to Grand Central in Ely on the river Great Ouse.  The restaurant situated in Annesdale was once the boathouse for Fenland boatbuilding company Appleyard and Lincoln. This is where our companyRead more ›

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