We've lived in our house, right next to the canal for more than five years. In that time we've never taken one of the boat trips which leave from right outside our front door. My sister in law Jade decided it was high time we did, and I should listen to her more:)

It was a beautiful September day, the sun was warm and our boat Bluebell was quite charming. The volunteers who run the trips were welcoming and the kids (and big kids) got a chance at being captain of the canal boat and we all enjoyed the leisurely pace.

We saw our house from a new vantage point too - the water!

I would recommend a trip if you are local. It only lasts about half an hour but the kids loved it.


The last sunny and warm days of the year?