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Karen, we went for a week starting on Sunday 7th August this year. In answer to the other question the current flows from Llangollen all the way to Hurleston Jct where there is a Reservoir and a flight of locks.

I might add for all those who have never been on a canal is the fact that generally you can moor up more or less anywhere. Most of the banks are made up and you can tie up using something that looks like a giant paper clip

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For sheer scenery I'd recommend either the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal or the Caledonian canal.  Neither very taxing in terms of locks but if there's only 2 of you it is definitely less hard work.

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Ooh that item looks interesting Rob!  Wonder what it's called? The prospect of mooring up anywhere sounds wonderful.

Fourjays, thanks for the info about the other canals, and especially that lack of locks - for us the holiday wound be about the journey, not   the destination, and we have noticed that some suggested " routes" have lots of locks and the need to cruise for 6 or 7 hours per day. But we would want to take our time and stop to enjoy various locations , be it a lunch stop/ cafe or pub when required,  or simply to sit and enjoy the peace. A high number of locks and near constant daily cruising would be a toil of a pleasure really!  So, your tips and Robs info are very relevent to us, thank you both.

Karen

"Wind up the elastic band Karen - we're setting off!!"

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One canal that often gets overlooked is the Brecon and Abergavenny.

Completely cut off from the rest of the system with very few locks, for most of its route it follows a route on a hillside close to the river Usk along the edge of the Brecon Beacons national park.

It is very shallow and two miles an hour is about all you can manage. Even at that speed you can cover the whole canal comfortably in a week.

You can even hire electric narrowboats which are almost silent. With these boats you do have to plug in every other night but the charging points are well spaced and the connectors are specific to the one hire company's boats so there is never a problem of not being able to hook up.

Stunning views, plenty of pubs and lots of peace and quiet.

Roy


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Sorry fourjays didn't spot your post.

Of course the Mon and Brec and the Brecon and Abergavenny are the same canal.

Roy

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Karen, they are called Piling Hooks, just found that out.
We just called them giant paper clips! Just goes to show how much we know about canal boating compared to Broads Sailing.

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They are called Mooring or Piling Hooks and they are made with or without a ring attached to them.

We have been on many canals over the years as a couple or part of a group, The Llangollen, Leeds & Liverpool are among are favorites but we are always drawn back to the Trent & Mersey Canal.

Not been for a couple of years the last one was the Oxford canal, well worth a visit but difficult in boats over 60 foot.

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The theory is that you can moor anywhere along a canal, however our experience based purely on the Lancaster canal is a bit different.

You are mooring along the tow path in the majority of cases.  There are a good few stretches which are overgrown both in the canal and on the tow path.  So that tends to rule those out unless you have garden shears!

Some stretches are too shallow given the saucer profile of the canal you can't get near the shore.  Narrow boats are adaptable for this as they usually have a shore plank so you can be up to three feet off the side.  Not practical on a cruiser though.

There are beautiful stretches where the grass is kept short and the views stunning.  Whilst popular you don't need to arrive early to claim a spot.  

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Caledonian canal is great but so is the hire fee.



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Hylander - I disagree to some extent. The hire costs can be expensive, but just like the Broads, there are cheaper boats available.  There obviously aren't the number of boats that there are on the Broads, but I think the cost is comparable when you look at a similar quality of boat on both waterways.
Karen - We have the same view with regard to locks (the reason we first came to the Broads).  We like to vary our boating holidays, but always choose somewhere that will be relaxing for both of us. Your can't moor just anywhere on the Caledonian because of the lochs, but cruising across Loch Ness is something else.  The Monmouth and Brecon is beautiful, but very slow (2mph on average), but no-one is in a rush, so it doesn't matter.  If ever you want more information, I'd be happy to provide it.  We've been on the Caledonian this year and are returning to the Mon and Brec next year.
Our home canal is the Lancaster and that's another picturesque waterway, with no locks.

By the way we've just returned from the Broads and were surprised that it seemed busier than in previous Septembers.  Popular moorings were quite full by lunchtime.



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