Blakes Holiday Boating
Experience England's waterways with the most experienced name in boating hire.
The history of Blakes Holiday Boating is the history of UK boat hiring in general, as London accountant Harry Blake pioneered the concept in 1907 after finding difficulty arranging a boat for a trip on the Norfolk Broads. More than 100 years later, millions of adventurers ranging from the novice to the experienced have used Blakes to travel England's fascinating waterways.
Many of the vacationers who book with Blakes Holiday Boating are first-timers. The boats Blakes provides are easy to handle and no previous experience is required (the boat hire base will provide you with the necessary training upon arrival).
With a range of fantastic boats, from family-sized barges to brand new 4- and 5-star boats, there is no better way to experience the UK's backwaters, canals and waterways. Many of the backwaters are extremely tranquil, dotted with quaint waterside pubs which offer all kinds of refreshment. Others reveal the normally hidden channels which weave through major towns and cities with a wealth of architectural and industrial history only accessible by water, close to thousands of great tourist attractions such as Windsor Castle.
There is also plenty to do on the water itself, including operating locks, fishing and soaking up the sun. The slow pace of the waterways is one of the main attractions to many, and, because you travel only as far as you wish each day, your holiday can be as relaxing or as energetic as you choose.