Canal Travel

The crew of the Narrowboat Experience are continually cruising the UK canal network. We held a leisure mooring (before we lived on board) and a residential mooring (when we needed to be in one location for work). This changed in April 2018, when we became continual cruisers and started canal travel full time.

We really enjoy exploring the canal network and look forward to traveling along new canals.

Where have we been?

We started our “Narrowboat Experience” on the Grand Union Canal. Our leisure mooring was at Cowroast Marina, Tring. We then moved to residential mooring on the Paddington Arm at Engineers Wharf.

When we left London in April 2018, we travelled north along the Grand Union Canal. From here, we spent some time on the Oxford, the Ashby, the Coventry, some of the Birmingham Canal Network and the Shropshire Union Canal. We ended the year by taking a winter mooring on the Llangollen Canal.

In 2019, we left the Llangollen Canal and took a short journey along the Shropshire Union. Our destination was Venetian Marina on the Middlewich Branch so that we could sell our first narrowboat. This was not the end of our canal travel.

At the end of May 2019, we picked up our second narrowboat at Mercia Marina on the Trent and Mersey Canal. From here we travelled along the canal towards Stoke on Trent before deciding to turn around and head south along the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal. We then took a little trip on the River Severn, exiting onto the Droitwich Barge Canal. We ended the year moving slowly along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

What is Continous Cruising?

A Continuous Cruiser is a narrowboat without a home mooring – and is expected to be “genuinely” navigating the system. The boat is expected to continually move along the canal and not moor in one neighbourhood for longer than 14 days.

In general, it is possible to moor anywhere along the towpath. Some visitor moorings will have restrictions in place. It is common to see the the mooring limited to 24 or 48 hours in popular areas.

For more information about becoming a continual cruiser, please check the Canal and River Trust website.

What is a leisure mooring?

A leisure mooring can be in a marina or along the towpath. These are typically intended for those that don’t live on their narrowboats and don’t spend more than 28 consecutive days on board.

Some moorings will have no facilities whereas others will have access to water and electricity as well as pump out, etc.

What is a residential mooring?

A residential mooring allows you to stay on your narrowboat full time. A designated residential mooring will have a postal address and you will need to pay council tax on top of your boat license and mooring fees.