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Canal Boating Holidays - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Narrowboat Holiday Hire - Canal Barge Holidays
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Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I take my pet on the boat?

Can I take pets on my narrowboat holiday? - We recommend that you obtain and use a flotation jacket for your dogCan I take pets on my narrowboat holiday? - Well behaved domestic pets are welcome by many boat hire companies but check with your chosen operator to confirm that they accept pets on their boat.

Please let the hire company know your pet's details prior to booking. A small charge and conditions may be applicable.

Hotel boats generally do not accept pets.

We recommend that you obtain and use a flotation jacket for your dog, at least until it is used to getting on and off the boat and being around locks!

Where can we stop overnight?

Where can we moor up overnight? Overnight mooring on the UK canals. You can stop overnight virtually anywhere along the towpath side of the canal without charge. You must however avoid mooring up for any length of time within 50 metres of a lock, other obstacle or designated place to allow other boats to pass by. On most other waterways, there will be clearly marked places where you can moor overnight or for an extended period during the day. On some rivers there may be a small mooring charge in places. Do not run your engine when moored up between 20.00 and 08.00 whithin the hearing of dwelling houses or other moored boats.

What Does A Canal Lock Do?

See Our Rough Guide to Lock Operation

Generally locks are not difficult to operate, but they do require a degree of physical fitness and manual dexterity and effort. You will soon become proficient in locking with a little practice.

Do I Need A Fishing Licence?

Fishing on a boating holiday - A National Rod Licence is a statutory requirement for anglers 12 years or over, who wishes to go fishing in England and Wales. This can be purchased from any post office. In Scotland and Ireland there is no licensing system. You may need a fishing permit (sometimes referred to as a day ticket) which allows you to fish a particular stretch of water or waters and is issued by fishery owners, clubs, etc. The England and Wales coarse fishing closed season is from 15 March to 15 June and applies to all rivers and streams in England & Wales, including the Norfolk Broads, but does not apply to most still waters and canals except a few feeder canals like the Kennet & Avon canal. For more information you should check with the hire boat company or the regional Fisheries Officer on 0845 9333 111.

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