Countryside Cruising Holidays

What have we got to offer you?


Why not swap the hussle and bussle of everyday life for a more tranquil and altogether relaxed way of life, if just for a short time. That’s what we can offer you.

Countryside Cruising Holidays offers you a choice of cruising options on our 70 foot, 8 -10 berth narrowboat fitted out to a high standard, with very comfortable accommodation providing excellent value for money.

Hire our narrowboat for a week or short break. ‘Lazy Days’ is based in the village of Endon, on the unspoilt, peaceful Caldon Canal - ideal for a quiet break; or if you want to travel further afield, then venture onto the Trent and Mersey Canal with its junction at Stoke-on-Trent.

Our prices are fully inclusive so you don’t pay extra for fuel, bed linen or towels.

Wake up on the water


Waking up on the water is restful and takes you back in time when speed was measured on how fast the horse could pull the narrowboat. Horses have been replaced by engines, but the way of life has remained at a sedate pace; nature is on your doorstep. Spotting coots, moorhens and herons is just one of the many delights on the canal.

There are a choice of cruise options from one week or more to short breaks of just 2 days aboard the luxury narrowboat ‘Lazy Days’. All maps will be provided for use on your voyage and for suggested list of available routes, please click on our Routes page.

Cruising at about 3 -4 miles per hour really does slow the pace down. Don’t worry if this is your maiden voyage as instructions on how to steer and manage the boat, to how to operate the locks will be given to you on arrival.

‘Lazy Days’ will be fully equipped for your adventure. All you need to bring is yourselves and food - unless you decide to sample all the food and drink from canal side pubs and restaurants, after all, you’re on holiday!

A boating break is ideal for getting a group of friends together for a hen or stag weekend, or celebrate that extra special anniversary or birthday with the family or friends. Bring the grandparents along, the children will love it - it’s an ideal short break choice for all ages. Sorry, we cannot accept pets.

Our Boat - Lazy Days


Lazy Days is a 70ft semi-traditional narrowboat equipped to the highest standard to make your holiday extra special.

If you’re a novice and need to find your sea-legs or you’re an old hand at boating you’ll have a great time cruising the British Inland Waterways.

The lounge area is comfortable and the seating converts into two single beds. On board inverter providing 240volt electricity. There is a colour TV/DVD combi and radio/Cd player. We are slowly building up a small library on board of DVD’s as well. The galley has a 4 hob cooker, oven and grill, microwave oven, electric fridge.

There are four bedrooms; each can be partitioned off for additional privacy. There are 3 doubles and 2 singles or you can have 2 double beds and 4 singles. The additional single beds are in the saloon. The boat is very spacious for 8 people, but can sleep up to 10 in comfort.

Internal intercom system connecting the galley to the stern - now the captain can ask for his cup of tea instead of shouting or honking the horn.

There is central heating and carpeting throughout the boat, except the galley and shower-room. This ensures that ‘Lazy Days’ is home from home no matter what the weather brings. Plug points similar to car cigar lighters allow camcorder and mobile 'phone charging. Mains hairdryer and iron supplied. We would prefer clients to use the provided equipment.

There is a shower-room with wash-hand basin and flush toilet. A second flush toilet and washbasin is located between the two aft cabins. Additional storage space can be found under the beds in pull-out drawers as well as the wardrobes fitted onboard.
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Prices

Already included in the price of hire are bed linen, towels, fuel, gas, electricity and a Welcome Pack on arrival. A full inventory will be supplied with your confirmation of booking.

Please click here to see our Terms and Conditions of Hire

The only extra is a Refundable Security Deposit of £150 per booking, payable with the balance of hire 6 weeks before the start of your holiday and refunded to you when the boat is returned on time, in a reasonably clean condition, without serious damage or loss of equipment and without any third party claims against you.

Week Beginning
7 nights
Sat - Sat
£
3 nights
Sat - Tues
£
4 nights
Sat - Weds
£
12 March
990
595
680
19 March
1055
635
725
26 March
1285
765
885
02 April
1285
635
725
09 April
1285
765
885
16 April
1250
765
885
23 April
1250
750
865
30 April
1420
885
985
07 May
1420
885
985
14 May
1420
885
985
21 May
1485
945
1020
28 May
1540
920
1055
04 June
1540
920
1055
11 June
1600
950
1055
18 June
1600
950
1055
25 June
1600
950
1055
02 July
1600
960
1110
09 July
1600
985
1135
16 July
1670
995
1150
23 July
1670
1000
1156
30 July
1670
1000
1156
06 August
1670
1005
1180
13 August
1675
1050
1170
20 August
1675
1050
1170
27 August
1675
1050
1170
03 September
1240
805
1020
10 September
1225
750
850
17 September
1215
745
840
24 September
1215
745
840
01 October
1075
645
745
08 October
1075
645
745
15 October
1075
645
745
22 October
1275
765
885
29 October
1075
645
745

To check availability and make your holiday booking

To make selecting your holiday simple, please telephone on +44 (0) 1782 551172 or +44 (0) 7855 714527 to check for availability for your required dates. We can then provisionally hold the holiday for you pending the arrival of your cheque for the booking deposit.

If booking more than 7 weeks before the start of your holiday a 25% booking deposit will be required to secure your holiday. If booking within 6 weeks, full payment will be required by cheque.

A fully Refundable Security Deposit of £150 is payable per booking, with your balance of hire 6 weeks before the start of your holiday and refunded to you when the boat is returned on time, in a reasonably clean condition, without serious damage or loss of equipment and without any third party claims against you.

You are strongly advised to read our Terms and Conditions of Hire

Suggested route options

There are a choice of cruise options from one week or more to short breaks of 2, 3 or 4 nights aboard ‘Lazy Days’. All maps will be provided for use on your voyage and here’s a taster of what is waiting for you on the waterways.
Please click on the route name for more details.

One Week Cruises:

The Cheshire Ring:

Lymm Dam
Middlewich Big Lock
Three Tunnels
Harecastle Tunnel
Heartbreak Hill
Brindley Mill and Museum
Salford Quay and River Irwell
Rochdale Nine
Tameside Heritage Museum
Anderton Lift

Caldon Canal

Alton Towers
Devil’s Staircase
Consall Nature Park and Wild Life Sanctuary
Churnet Valley Railway
Hayes Country Park
Etruria Bone and Flint Mill

Two Week Cruises:

The Four Counties Ring: (or 1 very strenuous week)

Norbury Junction
Winsford Flashes
Wardle Canal
Woodeaves Cutting
Gailey Round Hill
Harecastle Tunnel
Stretton Aqueduct

The Leicester Ring:

Abbey Pumping Station Museum
Fradley
Hillmorton Paired Locks
Leicester Mile Straight
Watford Locks
Braunston Tunne, Locks and Village
Foxton Locks, Inclined Plane and Museum
Market Harborough

The Cheshire Ring

One week - a strenuous 8 hours a day, 128 miles, 118 locks through the Harecastle Tunnel on the Trent & Mersey Canal. Join the Macclesfield Canal at Hardings Wood Junction past the Peak National Park with breathtaking scenery. Then the Peak Forest Canal and the Ashton Canal. Cruise through the wide locks of the Rochdale Nine and the heart of Manchester Night Life. The Bridgewater Canal is adjacent to the Manchester Ship Canal and you will pass through the infamous Anderton Lift. Local attractions include Little Moreton Hall, Museum of Science and Industry, Dunham Massey Hall and Paradise Hill - just a few attractions to be found on this picturesque adventure cruise in the Derbyshire and Cheshire countryside.
Two weeks - if you have time to spare, why not book the boat for 2 weeks and have a more relaxing holiday, with time to stop and explore whenever you fancy.
The Four Counties Ring
One week - cruising a strenuous 9 hours a day, 120 miles, 108 locks. You will travel through the counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Shropshire for the ultimate holiday experience. Sights such as the Harecastle Tunnel (where the canal water is orange) to the 26 locks of Heartbreak Hill make this adventure truly stunning. Visitor Attractions include Shugborough Hall, Trentham Gardens, Wedgwood Visitor Centre, to name but a few.
Two weeks - a more sedate 6 hours a day taking in the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal, 198 miles, 143 locks. The Llangollen Canal and breathtaking scenery of Wales: experience the dramatic splendor of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. This monument of early engineering is quite spectacular and spans an incredible distance of 1,007 feet long by 126 feet wide. Horseshoe Falls, Llangollen Steam Railway, Valle Crucis Abbey, Chirk Castle and Shropshire’s Lake District are just a few of the sights to take in whilst cruising the picturesque Welsh Canals. The return journey allows a second chance to enjoy the breathtaking scenery before we join the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal. Cruise onto Norbury Junction, once the outlet for the Shrewsbury Newport and Trent Branches of the Shropshire Union Canal system. Turn onto the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Autherley Junction and take in the local attractions of Shrugborough Hall and County Museum.Then cruise northerly on the Trent and Mersey Canal to join the Caldon Canal.

The Caldon Canal

One week - cruising a leisurely 3 hours a day 42 miles, 34 locks. This is a leisurely cruise through the picturesque Churnet Valley which takes in 25 miles of narrow canals, one aqueduct, 3 lift bridges and one tunnel. Travel to many of the tourist attractions of Stoke on Trent without the hassle of parking and traffic congestion. Alton Towers Theme Park, Consall Nature Park and Wild Life Sanctuary, Devils’ Staircase, Waterworld, Etruria Bone and Flint Mill are just some of the visitor attractions which can be visited along the canal. For waterway attractions look no further than the Bedford Staircase Locks, Hazlehurst Junction and Aqueduct, Rudyard Reservoir and the Leek Branch of the Caldon Canal. If time permits travel south onto the Trent and Mersey Canal to Barlaston and Stone to enjoy wide beam canals.

The Leicester Ring

Two weeks - cruising a moderate 7 hours a day, 229 miles, 156 locks. Cruising a moderate 7 hours a day, 229 miles, 156 locks. The Leicester Ring takes in scenery of Staffordshire, Leicestershire and Birmingham. Cruising southerly down the Trent and Mersey Canal through Great Haywood and onto Fradley Junction. We turn to Burton on Trent and join the canalised River Soar onto Leicester and its Cathedral. Foxton Locks is 2 staircases of 5 locks each and the Watford Locks are 7 narrow locks with 4 locks in a staircase are just the tip of the iceberg for waterway attractions. Visitor attractions include John Taylor-Bell Foundry, Great Central Steam Railway, Shardlow and Coventry Cathedral. Or enjoy shopping in Leicester and Coventry. We turn at Norton Junction onto the Oxford Canal and Coventry Canal and rejoin the Trent and Mersey Canal at Fradley Junction for our homeward journey.

Short Breaks:

3-4 nights To Barlaston & Back - 6 hours a day, 40 miles, 42 locks.

The Alton Towers Alternative - 6 hours a day, 36 miles, 16 locks - miss the traffic queues into Alton Towers. Spend the day on white knuckle rides at the park and then unwind cruising back to the Caldon Canal.

From Base to Leek & return - 6 hours a day, 26 miles lock-free.

“Up Hanley Duck” - 5 hours a day, 20 miles, 20 locks - stop off for Hanley’s nightlife after a days shopping in the Potteries Centre.

Anniversary Special - book a table at a waterside restaurant for a romantic dinner, then cruise the Caldon Canal with your loved one.

Hen weekend - a real girlie treat which separates the women from the girls, sample the delights of local food and drink from waterside restaurants and pubs.

These are just a few of the cruise options available to you. Of course you don’t have to cruise around a ring and may prefer to do an ‘out & back’ trip, possibly combining some of the short break options shown or plan your own route. All you need to remember is that you will need to be on your way back half way through your holiday so that you can bring the boat back in on time.

If you would like further advice particularly if you are unsure of the route to take if you are new to narrowboating, please contact us and we will be able to offer suggestions.

Contact Us:

Bookings & Administration:

Westwood House,
Brookhouse Lane,
Wetley Rocks,
Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire,
ST9 0BU

Tel: +44 (0) 1782 551 172
Mobile: +44 (0) 7855 714 527

Email: enquiries@countrysidecruising.co.uk

Hirebase Location: (on The Caldon Canal close to the junction with the Trent & Mersey Canal)

Fine Feathers
Post Bridge Cottage Farm
Canal Side
Post Lane
Endon
Staffordshire
ST9 9DT

If you would like to contact us regarding making a booking, please call or email us. We will be happy to discuss your requirements and answer any questions you may have.

Countryside Cruising Holidays is a trading name of Countryside Cruising Limited.