Narrowboat holidays in Wales are perfect for exploring the best of the Welsh countryside and cruising across one of the seven Wonders of the Waterways: the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Both Welsh canals offer narrowboat hire for those new to boating holidays and those of you who are experienced.
The Welsh navigations include the Llangollen Canal and The Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canal (or more familiarly as the Mon & Brec.) The Llangollen Canal can be accessed via Hurleston Junction from the Shropshire Union Canal, where the canal crosses the English borders. You can hire boats on both of the Welsh Canals, with marinas starting at a variety of locations on each waterway.
If you plan to navigate the iconic Pontcysyllte and Chirk Aqueducts on a short break, start from either 'Trevor', 'Chirk', 'Blackwater Meadow' or 'Whittington' marina on the Llangollen Canal.If you are on a seven night break you could start from any of our bases to cruise the entirity of the Llangollen Canal.
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Alternatively you can cruise through the picturesque forests of the Brecon Beacons on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal. Take a seven night or short break holiday from either 'Gilwern', 'Goytre' or 'Pencelli' hire base. You can even experience a unique type of boating holiday on the Mon & Brec Canal on the electric powered canal boats available for hire, perfect for a silent, greener canal boat experience.
Llangollen town centre and the historic railway: Llangollen has many attractions to see and things to do including the steam railway and Horseshoe Falls.
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct: the 126 ft high 'stream in the sky', towers over the River Dee with breathtaking views of the Welsh Valleys.
The Brecon Beacons: A National Park rich in heritage, breath taking scenery and canalside eateries. Perfect for walks & spotting wildlife.
On a seven night boating holiday in Wales, you can navigate the whole of the Llangollen Canal, taking in the sites of rural Shropshire, navigating through Welsh villages and passing over the famous Aqueducts.
If you are thinking of cruising the Llangollen Canal on a short break, you may choose to experience the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, nicknamed the 'stream in the sky, ' which crosses over the River Dee, at 126 ft high. This famous aqueduct is a Grade 1 listed structure and a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Chirk Aqueduct is located a little further East along the canal, with the historic town of Chirk just a short walk away. This stretch of the waterway is virtually lock free with a couple of tunnels, so perfect for novices. You can navigate the aqueducts, moor up and explore the Welsh villages and turn your narrowboat around in the basin just above Llangollen town.