The landscape of the British Isles is interlaced with canals, rivers, lakes and lochs. Over the centuries, these vital waterways have transported goods, linked communities, nurtured industry and gained admiration the world over for their picturesque beauty.
Now, with Scenic Journeys on British and Irish Waterways, you can travel the length of famous rivers like the Thames, Severn and Clyde … uncover the remarkable heritage of ancient canals including the Grand Union and the Caledonian … and gaze in wonder at the lakes and lochs that have inspired poets, painters and writers.
Wales & The South
Follow the 354-kilometre course of the Severn, Britain’s longest river, and see its remarkable tidal wave, the Severn Bore, which can rise to over 15 metres. Travel through one of the most picturesque spots on the Grand Union Canal, the Hatton Flight of 21 locks that are constructed over the course of just three kilometres. Marvel at the majesty of two great waterway landmarks, the Chirk and Pontcysyllte aqueducts.
Midlands & The North
Meander through the fens along the Great Ouse, keeping an eye out for rare species like the bittern. Admire the beautiful Pennines from the Leeds and Liverpool Canals and then explore the magnificent Lake District. Sail across Ullswater, where Wordsworth was moved to write ‘Daffodils’, see Derwentwater, ‘Queen of the English Lakes’ and visit eerie Wastwater, the district’s deepest lake into which an upended Tower Bridge would fit.
Scotland & Ireland
Travel along the River Dee through some of Scotland’s most impressive mountain scenery. Trace the course of the Caledonian Canal that links natural lochs with extraordinary man-made canals to cross the width of Scotland. It even passes through Loch Ness, so who knows what might be captured on film! And then drift through Ireland’s network of waterways, including the mighty Shannon. This breathtaking river undulates for 241 kilometres through lush and unspoilt scenery that’s steeped in history and folklore.