Narrowboats an alternative lifestyle, affordable housing or endless weekend and holiday relaxation and adventures?

Narrowboats an alternative lifestyle, affordable housing or endless weekend and holiday relaxation and adventures?

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own narrowboat, meandering at three miles an hour down the beautiful English and Welsh canal system? Basking in the glorious feeling of adventure whilst relaxing in a way that was lost over fifty years ago? Traversing through countryside that cannot be reached by car or train.

Do you imagine an alternative lifestyle living on a narrowboat, amongst a community of other boaters where people help and support each other and a true community spirit thrives?

Perhaps you have considered owning your own narrowboat for use at weekends and for holidays.  Narrowboats and cruising the canal systems certainly provide an escape from the day to day stress of life and help you to unwind away from the entire world as you know it.

People think about narrowboat ownership for a myriad of different reasons.  The only constant is that for whatever reason you decide to buy the reality is, it’s even better than you could ever imagine.

Trinity Marina’s Narrowboat Brokerage is a great place to start your narrowboat journey. Why not pop in and speak to the experts? 

Live the dream, your dream, your way.

Why Staycation #8 | Kids love it!

Why Staycation #8 | Kids love it!

A canal boat is like camping on water. How exciting to be sleeping “on the water”.

They will absolutely love helping with the steering and coiling up the ropes!

Most children love the locks. Usually an experience only witnessed from the towpath, this time they get to have a go at pushing open the lock gates and watching the boat go through, and closing them afterwards.

There are so many attractions geared up for children along the canals. Here on the Ashby Canal you are close to the Shackerstone Railway, Bosworth Battlefield and Conkers to name a few!

Everything about boating is a group affair when you’re away with the children. They can be involved in every aspect from steering to opening the locks. Give it a try!

Why Staycation? #7 | Gadget Free

Why Staycation? #7 | Gadget Free

When heading off down the tranquil waterways of the UK , you leave technology behind. Some holiday boats do come with WIFI on board, but why would you need it? It’s great to be away from the gadgets and communicate with real people in the world around us.

If you’re taking children along on your holiday then they may absolutely need WIFI as we all know how important social media is to them! Most of us though, spend far too much time online so this could be the ideal opportunity to leave it all behind and refresh your mind with the beauty that lies outside!

Why Staycation? #6 | Dog friendly

Why Staycation? #6 | Dog friendly

When you go abroad for your holiday you have to leave certain family members behind – the dogs! With a Narrowboat holiday you can take your dog along with you to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Waterways.

You can moor up and get off the boat to take your dog for a walk to stretch his legs along the towpath. Every day is a new walk for your dog. Everywhere is different. Most dogs love the narrowboat experience and will just sit on top of the boat watching the world go by.

You can buy them little life jackets of their own too! If you’re worried your dog might panic if he hits the water then a life jacket is for him!

 

 

Why Staycation? #5  |  Wellbeing

Why Staycation? #5 | Wellbeing

 ”Whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can,” Herman Melville’s narrator declares in Moby Dick.

Being beside water is always and has always been associated with being calm and relaxed.  Scientists are forever telling us that blue space is good for stress.  In 2018 a study from Hong Kong showed that people who regularly visited lakes, rivers, canals or oceans reported greater well being than those who didn’t. *

As well as improving your mental health, a boating holiday can improve your strength! It takes a bit of strength to push those locks open!

*Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/minding-the-body/201903/can-blue-space-provide-therapeutic-benefits

Why Staycation? #4  |  Our Countryside

Why Staycation? #4 | Our Countryside

Our Waterways are lined with tranquil walks, quaint little villages and stunning countryside views. Taking a Narrowboat through the winding canals is a wonderful way to view the sites that our waterways offer us.

The Canals are full of wildlife nestled in the green corridors that are carved  out by the waterways. Keep a lookout for Badgers, Water Voles and Polecats. Watchout for birds such as Cormorants and the Grey Heron not to mention  the miriad of insects and amphibians such as Newts and Frogs.

Source: https://www.canalholidays.co.uk/canal-holidays/nature—wildlife

 

 

Why Staycation? #3  |  Our Historical Places

Why Staycation? #3 | Our Historical Places

There are many historical places along our canal systems, in fact just here on our very own doorstep we have the Bosworth Battlefield, and Shackerstone Railway. These are just two of many historical stops along the 2000 miles of waterways that we have in the UK.

Did you know? The Ashby Canal is the longest contour canal in England.  The  Ashby canal was first announced in 1782 but its development was very slow.

You can find out more about the history of The Ashby Canal by visiting this website.

What better way to explore our history than on our historical canal system?

 

 

Why Staycation? #2  |  Canalside Pub Dining

Why Staycation? #2 | Canalside Pub Dining

As you mosey around our Canals you wont be short of a pint or two, or canalside pub dining!  Moor up at one of the many canalside pubs and quench your thirst after a good days cruising. Enjoy some food and take a break from self catering.

Pubs include the Dog & Hedgehog at Dadlington or the Fox Inn at Higham on the Hill. You can look for a pub here:

https://www.ukwaterwaysguide.co.uk/s/ashby-canal/main-canal/pubs

The Ashby Canal boasts several pubs along its 50km of lock free waterway. You could always stop off at Shackerstone station and have a cuppa if beer doesn’t take your fancy!

If you Moor up at Trinity Marinas there’s the Brewers Fayre on site, great for canalside pub dining.  If you’d like more information on mooring at Trinity then click here.

 

Why Staycation? #1  |  2000 Miles to Explore

Why Staycation? #1 | 2000 Miles to Explore

There are over 2000 miles of navigable inland waterways in Britain. Life can slow down to a cruising pace of 5 miles an hour as you meander through the countryside.

Enjoy the rural views, the wildlife and the water. The canals flow through town centres, and office complexes and then back out into the countryside. You get to see a mix of views as you go.  Climb your way through lock systems or if you don’t want that then The Ashby Canal has 50km of lock free cruising. Moor up at Trinity Marinas to enjoy its peaceful spoils.

Whatever you fancy, whether thats hustle and bustle of towns, or the peace and quiet of the rural canals, a boating holiday can offer it all.

 

The effects of fly tipping along the canals

The effects of fly tipping along the canals

Cruising along the canals in a narrowboat is a peaceful experience. Watching the countryside drifting past at gentle pace, the noise of the lapping of water against the boat and the cheery wave at fellow boaters and those on dry land as you cruise along.

However, an increase in fly-tipping along the canals is ruining this experience for many, as well as damaging Britain’s much-loved canals and waterways and their surrounding landscapes. It is becoming a frequent recurrence and this kind of destructive behaviour is starting to have adverse effects on our country’s canals.

Toxic waste

The waterways are inundated with harmful corrosive chemicals as a result of the rubbish that is being dumped in them. Most of what is fly-tipped leaches out and releases toxins into the water. This is harmful for animals that use the canals and causes the water to be damaging and unclean. Potential chemicals in the rubbish can also contaminate the banks of the waterways.

Harmful to the wildlife

An influx of rubbish in the water is dangerous for the animals that live there. It can trap wildlife and be accidentally ingested by birds, mammals and fish. Most of the rubbish that people dump will take years to biodegrade, causing fly-tipping to have a long-lasting effect on the natural environment and its inhabitants.

Ruining the landscape

Britain’s waterways have been heralded as areas of natural beauty and a place to escape the buzz of everyday life. Fly-tipping is returning the canal network to its industrial past, transforming it into an area of unsightly rubbish and waste. Boaters can no longer chug along the canals with an unspoiled view. This is turning back the clock on all the hard work done by organisations and trusts to keep our canals tidy.

Canal Etiquette

Canal Etiquette

Whether you are considering leaving dry ground to live on a narrowboat, or are planning a relaxing holiday on the water, there are a few things to consider. They are not necessarily rules that you must abide by, but etiquette that will benefit yourself and others on the canals.

Once you know the basics, you will have a better experience of Britain’s beautiful canal system and enjoy your day, week or however long you choose to live on the water!

 

Speed

The canal is a calm environment, best enjoyed at a gentle pace. The speed limit is 4mph, so you should not be travelling faster than anyone walking alongside the canal! If you have chosen to be on a narrowboat, you are obviously looking for a relaxing time, so there is no need to try to travel any faster. Just enjoy the scenery as you move along. And it is courteous to reduce your speed as you pass other boats. You don’t want any bumps!

 

Locks

Most locks can fit two boats side by side, unless you are on a narrow canal. Because of the time and amount of water is takes to pass through a lock, it is good etiquette to check if there is another boat that can share the lock at the same time. It is surely also common sense that if another boat approaches the lock as you are leaving it, don’t shut the gate in its face!

 

Mooring

When it comes to mooring, again it’s just down to common sense. It sounds obvious, but don’t tie your ropes to fences on the other side of the towpath or you’ll trip people up! Always use the mooring pins that are provided with the boat, even if you are just stopping for a short while. The best places to moor the boat are marinas, as they are set up for that very purpose and are well equipped for all your needs. Just check the marinas rules, as they all differ slightly, and you and everyone will remain happy on the canals!

Dos and don’ts for summer boating safety with children

Dos and don’ts for summer boating safety with children

If your ideal summer holiday is messing about on a canal boat, then you’ll love taking a narrowboat holiday! It’s the ideal way to escape the daily grind but it’s not without its hazards.  Following a few simple dos and don’ts for summer boating safety, and it will help you enjoy a wonderful family holiday, accident free.

Don’t make a mess

One of the biggest causes of falls on a narrowboat is tripping over untidy ropes so make sure you keep them neatly coiled up.  Assign each child to an area of the boat – it’s a great way to learn all the terminology! – and see who can get their area of the deck shipshape fastest.  Encourage them to stow toys, games and clothing when not in use for a tidy boat is a huge part of boating safety.

Do wear a lifejacket

Even if your kids are strong swimmers and love being in the water, they should wear a lifejacket at all times when moving around the deck.  Dress sensibly with practical footwear when you’re onboard and take care moving around especially if the deck is slippery.  Obviously, you can use your judgement with older and more responsible teenagers, but younger kids should be encouraged to keep a lifejacket on whenever they’re on the boat.

Don’t take risks

Narrowboats might seem like a lazy way to get around, but they’re not without their dangers – especially when navigating locks. The best way to keep everyone safe on your narrowboat is to learn how your boat works and give everyone their own jobs to do.  If everyone on board knows what they are supposed to be doing when approaching locks, it will keep everyone engaged with the navigation of the boat and help you sail through without errors, which is especially important on busier parts of the canal system.  Plenty of stopovers and excursions can also help to stop younger kids from getting bored which can lead to risky behaviour.

Do know what to do in an emergency

Everyone on board should be drilled in what to do in an emergency including knowing the location of the first aid box, lifeline and lifebelt. Even very young children can be taught how to dial 999, while older children should know how to take charge of the boat and stop the propeller if the skipper falls overboard. Create a simple safety drill that you can practice as a game with younger children and you’ll stay safe on board for the duration of your narrowboat holiday!

 

Trinity Marina boasts over 40 miles of lock free canals for you to explore all year round. Based in close proximity to the M1, M6 and M69 motorways you are in a great location if you’re moored here. Trinity Marinas host 140 berths on high quality pontoons suitable for boat length from 40ft up to 70ft.  Enquire about canal boat moorings now

Easter Holidays At Trinity Marinas in Leicestershire

Easter Holidays At Trinity Marinas in Leicestershire

It is the Easter Holidays and so our attentions turn to holiday making!  If you would like to visit the marina and spend part of your Easter Holidays at Trinity Marina, then take a look at our Chandlery and Marina offices opening hours. 

Easter weekend opening hours:

  • Good Friday 9am – 4pm
  • Sat 10am – 4pm
  • Easter Sunday – Closed
  • Easter Monday – Closed

Whatever you get up to, we hope that you have a lovely Easter everyone!

#TeamTrinity x

Trinity Marina boasts over 40 miles of lock free canals for you to explore all year round. Based in close proximity to the M1, M6 and M69 motorways you are in a great location if you’re moored here. Trinity Marinas host 140 berths on high quality pontoons suitable for boat length from 40ft up to 70ft.  Enquire about canal boat moorings now

#10 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

#10 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

We’ve picked our top 10 great things to do this year in our wonderful county with our visit Leicestershire bucket list.  This is the ninth in our instalment of 10 great things to do in Leicestershire, to inspire you to spend a canal boat holiday in the Midlands this year.  Take a look at our first recommendation to take a walk up Old John or perhaps you would like to check out Twycross Zoo?  Spend a memorable day out with a trip on a steam train along the Battlefield Line If you enjoy historical sites, then visit Bosworth Battlefield, and take in a bit of cultural learning at the King Richard III Visitor Centre.

For a quieter day out with the family, we suggested a trip to the New Walk Museum in Leicester.  And in our last two updates, for a much noisier day out, we suggested either a family friendly trip to Twin Lakes, or a trip to Mallory Park Motor Circuit.  Last week we suggested you visit Tropical Birdland, and this week’s suggestion is to visit the amazing National Space Centre!

#10 of 10 great things to do when you visit Leicestershire

Number 9 on our list is: The National Space Centre

You will have an out of this world day out at the National Space Centre. We can’t recommend it highly enough!  With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, unique 3D Simulator Experience and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, the award-winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience.

To find out more about the National Space Centre, the events they have happening daily (and in all weathers!) and admission prices, visit their website here.

Trinity Marina boasts over 40 miles of lock free canals for you to explore all year round. Based in close proximity to the M1, M6 and M69 motorways you are in a great location if you’re moored here. Trinity Marinas host 140 berths on high quality pontoons suitable for boat length from 40ft up to 70ft.  Enquire about canal boat moorings now

#9 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

#9 of 10 things to do you should wipe off your bucket list!

We’ve picked our top 10 great things to do this year in our wonderful county with our visit Leicestershire bucket list.  This is the ninth in our instalment of 10 great things to do in Leicestershire, to inspire you to spend a canal boat holiday in the Midlands this year.  Take a look at our first recommendation to take a walk up Old John or perhaps you would like to check out Twycross Zoo?  Spend a memorable day out with a trip on a steam train along the Battlefield Line If you enjoy historical sites, then visit Bosworth Battlefield, and take in a bit of cultural learning at the King Richard III Visitor Centre.

For a quieter day out with the family, we suggested a trip to the New Walk Museum in Leicester.  And in our last two updates, for a much noisier day out, we suggested either a family friendly trip to Twin Lakes, or a trip to Mallory Park Motor Circuit.  This week’s suggestion is a little more sedate!

#9 of 10 great things to do in Leicestershire

Number 9 on our list is: A visit to Tropical Birdland in Desford

Whether you have young children or not, Tropical Birdland in Desford is a fantastic day out. It gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with Parrots and Cockatoos and claims to be rated number 2 on the list of things to do when you visit Leicestershire. So you had better check it out!

Nestled on the northern outskirts of Desford village in Leicestershire, Tropical Birdland is a 6.5-acre sanctuary for Parrots and exotic birds.

For more information about visiting Tropical Birdland and admission prices, view the website here

Trinity Marina boasts over 40 miles of lock free canals for you to explore all year round. Based in close proximity to the M1, M6 and M69 motorways you are in a great location if you’re moored here. Trinity Marinas host 140 berths on high quality pontoons suitable for boat length from 40ft up to 70ft.  Enquire about canal boat moorings now