There is no better time to enjoy the Cambridgeshire waterways than in the autumn and winter. With the summer tourist season over, the canals are blissfully quiet. This is particularly appealing to novice boaters, who can practice their fledgling navigation skills in peace.

Our narrowboat Alouette is exceptionally well insulated, with full central heating. We supply a warm duvet and lots of extra blankets just in case, too.

Waterfront pubs and eateries nestle the stunning Cambridgeshire landscape, with log fires to welcome you. Back on board, there’s a full kitchen if you enjoy self-catering so that whatever the weather, you can make the most of your break.

canal pub waterside boutique narrowboats

Ultimate private getaway

Of course, in mid-winter there is a small chance that the river itself may freeze over and our lower pricing reflects this risk. If this is so bad that you are unable to leave the mooring, then you are still very welcome to use the boat as a retreat, knowing that you really will be enjoying the ultimate secluded getaway!  Depending on where the boat is to boarded will depend on where it may have to stay.

River closures

The Evironment agency organises a programme of works from November to March, which sometimes results in river restrictions or closures. Also water levels can cause further restrictions. Thes is obviously out of our hands and the reduced hire price at this time of year reflects this.

However, we have a variety of choices when it comes to possible routes and we will always help you choose the best option. If long periods of travel are not possible, you are very welcome to use the boat as a static base for some of your holiday on the riverside.

Please check the Cam conservators website and and environment agency’s website.

autumn and winter breaks on canal

Included on your Narrowboat for autumn and winter breaks:

  • Central heating (all fuel included in the price of your break)
  • Duvets and additional blankets on your beds
  • Two waterproofs for boating weather 
  • Plenty of hot water
  • Full kitchen, with hob, oven and microwave as well as a washing machine
  • Various items: Umbrellas, BBQ, Gloves.