Calderdale's Shire Cruisers set to welcome back holidaymakers on the waterways
Canal boating holidays will be available again and a Calderdale boating firm is being kept busy as many holidaymakers look to stay in the UK this year.
Waterways and wellbeing charity Canal & River Trust which looks after 500km of the region’s waterways, is urging people to try something different this year and sample Yorkshire from the water.
Shire Cruisers operates 20 holiday boats across all of Yorkshire’s waterways.
The company has seen a large rise in interest and bookings for 2021 , and while they still have some spaces left, those interested in booking a boat are urged to act quickly.
Director of Shire Cruisers Nigel Stevens said: “We’re certainly very busy. We do still have some spaces left but people will need to book soon.
“Boating is such a fantastic way to see Yorkshire - not only all the different places, but also from a different angle. It’s such a contrast to normal life - you’ve got things to do, but in a calm way, so rather than just sitting on a beach, it really does make you think of something else rather than worrying about the mortgage or everyday things.”
The Canal and River Trust now has nearly 150km of its waterways across the region covered by the prestigious Green Flag Award, which recognises spaces that boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained, and play an important role in the local community.
Sean McGinley, director Yorkshire & North East, said: “Research shows that simply being on or by the water makes people feel happier. Boat holidays offer a relaxing getaway whilst staying local and safe. Spring, summer or autumn, all are the perfect time to get aboard a boat, with all your own facilities, and discover the magic of the nation’s canals.”
It seems holiday makers across the country wholeheartedly agree, with leading boat operators reporting their fleets are rapidly getting booked up for the boating season ahead, particularly from May half term onwards.
Single household holiday makers may cruise away from April 12 2021 in England and stay in self-catered accommodation overnight.
In line with this government guidance, operators are now accepting bookings for trips from this date onwards.