It’s a new year, and you may be starting to plan a holiday in your narrowboat or a travelling route for those of you who do not moor full time. So, we have compiled a list of the top places to visit in your narrowboat this year.
- The Avon Ring
The Avon Ring is a circuit of 109 miles and 131 locks. There are plenty of places to visit along this route but be sure to stop and visit the birthplace of the playwright William Shakespeare (Stratford-Upon-Avon). You can moor opposite the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon and visit local cultural areas such as such as the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Shakespeare’s house.
Cruise the majestic River Severn to Worcester, then ascend the Tardebigge Flight, which is the longest flight of locks in Britain on the Worcester & Birmingham canal. The Tardebigge Flight comprises of 30 locks, raises the canal 67 metres.
- Llangollen Canal
The Llangollen Canal crosses the border between England and Wales. The waterway links Llangollen in Denbighshire, North Wales, with Hurleston in South Cheshire, via the town of Ellesmere, Shropshire. The canal stretches 90 miles and has a total of 21 locks.
Along this route is the ‘stream in the sky’, The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. It is a navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee. The aqueduct is 307m in length and soars 38m above the River Dee.
- Oxford Canal
The 78 mile long Oxford Canal links Oxford with Coventry in the centre of England and is considered to be one of the most scenic canals in Britain. It connects with the River Thames at Oxford and to the Coventry Canal in Bedworth.
This region offers a look into the past with traditional villages and pubs boasting architecture that dates back to the 18th century.
- River Erne
This river is located in the North/West of Ireland, and is the second-longest river in Ulster. The river is 80 miles long and flows through Lough Gowna, Lough Oughter and Upper and Lower Lough Erne, to the sea at Ballyshannon. It is difficult to distinguish the river as it winds its way through interconnected loughs. Lough Erne is a maze of more than 150 islands and sheltered bays where you may be the only boat moored, making it a great place to visit if you like your privacy.
- The South Pennine Ring
The South Pennine Ring crosses the Pennines between Manchester and Huddersfield, it is roughly 69 miles long and has 197 locks. It covers parts of five canals, and includes passage through the longest canal tunnel in Britain. You will find an unrelenting ascent up the Huddersfield Narrow, which stops climbing at an altitude of 645ft, making it the highest canal in Britain.
If you’re an experienced narrowboater and like a challenge, this route could be the pinnacle of your achievement.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading this list and it has sparked some ideas about travelling in your narrowboat this year.
Friendly helpful staff and second to none service!
Our staff are all extremely knowledgeable in their field. You will always be greeted with a smile and someone is always available to chat to you about all things Narrowboat!.
The staff here at Trinity Marinas would like to wish all of their customers, old new or potential, A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Trinity Marinas has a restaurant and hotel on site.
Whitbread owns the lovely Mariners restaurant and pub. It has a lovely deck over looking the canal where you can enjoy anything from a cup of coffee to a 3 course meal.
Next door there is a Premier Inn hotel. If there’s no room on your Narrowboat for all of your family and friends then this is the ideal stop over for them while they visit 🙂
24 Hour petrol station & Shop on site.
Just a two minute wander from the moorings is the 24 hour petrol station and shop.
Rain or shine there is an onsite shop and Chandlery.
Our fully stocked onsite shop can provide you with everything from daily provisions such as Milk to Gas bottles and mooring ropes.
Drop in and say Hi, there is always a friendly welcome.
Trinity is just a 15 minute walk away from the brand new Crescent Development in Hinckley.
Just a gentle stroll will take you to the new cinema complex. Also the enormous new Sainsbury’s and plenty of bars and restaurants! If you would prefer to drive there is ample parking at Sainsbury’s.
It’s a common misconception that it’s extremely cold living on a narrow boat in the Winter, when the reality is that you can live aboard very comfortably even when there is ice, snow and arctic winds to deal with, if you’re prepared.
There are three options when it comes to heating and these can be used separately or together.
Multi-fuel stoves are still the most popular option, using coal or wood. It works through dry heat and the fire will draw in the condensation from the boat.
Diesel-fired central heating works the same as a domestic boiler found in a house. Simple to use and compatible with a timer, it will heat the radiators and provide hot water.
Gas central heating will also allow you to heat your radiators and will provide hot water, running from your bottle. However, it is not compatible with a timer.
Remember to keep a good stock of fuel such as coal, gas or wood to make sure that you don’t run out when the weather is at its worst. It’s also a good idea to fill up on diesel to ensure you have enough fuel.
Taps can freeze during winter, meaning this will disrupt the supply, so don’t leave filling up until last minute. If you’re not a fan of drinking water from the tank, then you can stock up on bottled water.
You never know when bad weather might keep you from getting out. To be prepared for this situation, it is best to keep a good supply of food and drink on board.
It is a good idea to moor somewhere that is in familiar territory to you and has provisions available. Here at Trinity Marinas we have a Brewers Fayre restaurant, a Premier Inn Hotel, a petrol forecourt, showers, toilets, water and Elsan.
When mooring, you can protect the hull by hanging planks of wood alongside the boat to prevent ice slabs bumping into your hull. If you do find yourself in a situation where the canal/marina has frozen, then we advise you to NOT break the ice if it is thick (anything over half an inch is classed as thick). Breaking the ice by trying to cruise through it will put a great strain on your engine and it will also damage the hull scrapping away the blacking.
Icy surfaces are a potential danger, so extra care needs to be taken when outside. Be extra cautious when walking on the towpath, using the locks and getting on and off your boat.
If you are using the water pipes on the towpath or at a marina make sure you completely turn off the tap, and take care not to spill any water which will create an icy puddle.
If you’re going to face the elements you need to be dressed appropriately. A good pair of shoes with decent grip is a necessity, as is waterproof clothing and a warm coat. If you plan on working the locks, you’ll also want some gloves to protect your hands from the cold.
If you follow these steps to make sure that you’re prepared for Winter, then you should experience minimal issues these coming months.
Trinity boasts, a Hair salon & Boutique, and a Restaurant on site.
The Marina pub is onsite and serves meals all day long. Or just pop in for a coffee 🙂
Kerry Arnold is the name of the on site hairdressing salon and boutique. More details here:
Trinity Marinas is situated within easy driving distance of the M1, M6, M69 and the A5.
Trinity Marinas is only a 15 minute gentle stroll from the center of Hinckley.
Have a wander and see the town for yourselves. Wander around the Arts quarter and visit the Hinckley Museum.
40 Miles of Lock Free Cruising
We recently blogged about the fact that Trinity Marinas boasts over 40 miles of lock free cruising. During the winter months this is ideal as it means you wont be locked in to your marina. You can cruise for miles on beautiful crisp winter days.
Check out the blog here:
Are you locked in this winter?
Trinity is a very sheltered and attractive Marina.
Trinity is sheltered by the buildings and trees that surround it. There is little or no noise from nearby roads and commercial buildings. You wouldn’t know you were so close to main roads and towns.
There are buses running every 10 minutes.
Buses run every ten minutes from the main road. You can get a bus to Coventry, Hinckley or Nuneaton easily.
You can download the local bus timetable here: http://trinitymarinas.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/download.pdf.
Over the next 24 days, right up to Christmas Eve we are going to be giving you our top 12 reasons to moor at Trinity.
Here’s our very first reason to kick us off..
We are situated only 5 minutes walk from the local amenities.
You don’t need to walk very far before you find the local chip shop, supermarket, post office, cafe and the local Indian! You certainly wouldn’t need your walking boots to go and get a chippy tea!
Ten years ago 10% of the 31,000 boats on the waterways were used as primary residences. According to the Canal & River Trust, 26% of today’s 33,000 boats are now used as primary residences. Buying a narrow boat is just like buying a house, you have the choice of a new build or a home that has already been lived in. It’s down to personal choice which you choose, some people like the idea of having a brand new narrow boat whilst others are happy to make any alternations necessary to make a pre-loved boat their home.
The cost for either option will vary. So, once you know the length and style of boat you are interested in, it is best to request quotes from boat builders for a new build and then compare online prices for the used boats. This will then give you some specific figures to work on.
In general, you can expect costs of around:
£25,000 for a budget new build. Starting with a simple 20-foot cruiser.
£130,000 for a high end new build. E.g. 70-foot narrow boat fully equipped to a high standard.
£10,000 for a budget used boat, but can cost as much as £90,000.
So, what are the benefits of buying a new boat opposed to buying a used one?
There are three different types of new build boats available, and these are:
• Complete build
• Hull only
A complete build is relatively explanatory, in the sense that the boat will be fully built and fitted with everything you will need to live in it immediately. A hull/shell only boat means that you will receive the frame for the boat and will be required fit absolutely everything else. The sailaway is sold as a waterproof shell fitted with ballast, floors, windows, doors, engine and electrics. This enables the owner to use the boat as a ‘camper’ whilst fitting out the interior.
One of the main differences between purchasing a new or used boat, will be that if you’re planning on employing boat builders to create your dream boat then you can have a say on the design of it.
You will receive boat builder & ancillary equipment warranty which you would not receive when buying a used boat. It will be available with all the latest technology. You will also be able to enjoy the excitement and satisfaction of having a new product.
But nothing is smooth sailing, so there will be a few things that need to be taken into consideration such as:
• Finance may be needed to help
• Additional costs – Crane hire and transport
Some people may think that purchasing a new build may not be for them and might opt for a used boat instead. You will be able to buy a used boat from a private seller or through a brokerage company. We offer a buying and selling service here at Trinity Marinas, to help you get the best price for the boat that you are looking at.
Some of the benefits associated with buying a used narrowboat are:
• Lower depreciation
So, it is considerably cheaper to buy a used boat compared to a new one but you will be compromising on having input into the design and having it tailored to suit your needs.
A few other disadvantages of buying second hand are:
• Unknown repair history
• Older technology
• Worn equipment
Both options have their advantages and disadvantages, but it is up to the preference of the individual which they would like to spend their money on.
For any enquiries regarding new-builds, we have Harvey’s Boat Builders on site at Trinity Marinas, who can build your narrowboat to the highest standards.