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Our Favourite Christmas Canal Journeys

At Lakeland Leisure Boat Sales we dream of spending our time over Christmas sailing through Britain’s stunning and tranquil waterways. Whilst it might be a bit chilly this time of year, Christmas away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is a real treat - escape to the countryside and enjoy the peace and quiet that a beautiful stretch of canal can offer, just make sure you pack plenty of wood for the fire. We’ve also had it on good authority that Santa does deliver presents to canal boats, assuming you’re not on the naughty list anyway!


If you do decide to go boating over Christmas, don’t forget to check out this guide on winter boat safety by the Canal & River Trust.

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Bingley | Leeds Liverpool Canal

If you fancy a challenge this Christmas, be sure to visit Bingley and the stretch of locks on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, famous as the steepest staircase locks on the longest canal in the country! There’s loads of places to visit along this stretch of canal and plenty of tranquil spots to settle down and moor up in whilst taking in the stunning sights of the wintery Aire Valley.

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Great Haywood | Trent & Mersey Canal

If you’re after spotting some winter wildlife this Christmas, look no further than Great Haywood on the Trent & Mersey Canal, a perfect space to spot some interesting local wildlife, whilst enjoying some much deserved rest this Christmas. Here you can enjoy the Tolkien Trail and even take part in some fishing. The area is rich with Fresh Water Mussels, Roach, Pike and Perch, you’re also likely to spot a Kingfisher or two in action!

No matter where you decide to spend your Christmas, our canals and rivers offer some stunning views and the chance to really escape, Whether you’re visiting by boat, or are just popping along to your local waterway for a Christmas walk, we hope you enjoy your time, stay safe and have a very Merry Christmas!

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