Does the Thames float your boat?
London may well be known for its hustle and bustle, but the River Thames allows families, groups and couples alike to enjoy the Great British countryside. With pretty towns, it’s a perfect location for boating, river walks, cycling along tow paths and exploring outdoor spaces. Le Boat operates on the stretch of Thames between Oxford and Kingston, spanning four counties with an abundance of pub gardens, al-fresco dining options and countless parks, gardens and attractions to keep everyone entertained. This 96 km non-tidal section of the Thames is navigable by a series of 32 electronically controlled and manned locks, which are very easy to navigate. It is an ideal destination for first time boaters from three nights to a two weeks’ holiday. Cruising from the Benson base in the east, it is easy to access Oxford, Reading and Henley where so many acclaimed restaurants are cooking up a storm along the way. From the Chertsey base, guests can choose whether to head for Hampton Court and Kingston, or Windsor and Eton. Four-legged friend are welcome on board and a staycation on the River Thames also provides many dog-friendly boating-holiday itineraries with plenty of dog-friendly pubs and outdoor spaces.
The other good news is that Le Boat’s Scottish base is estimated to be open on 15 July 2020!
The Scottish Highlands have earned their place as one of the top must-see destinations in the UK. One of the wildest, least inhabited and most scenic parts of Europe, Scotland’s Highlands have, for decades, attracted visitors from around the world who are drawn to their unparalleled scenery, unique culture and wildlife. Scotland is renowned for a wide variety of outdoor pursuits and extreme sports; a range of attractions, welcoming locals and delicious local food and drink. During a Caledonian Canal cruise, spend time on lochs (great for fishing) nestled in the rugged valleys along the Great Glen. The lochs are spectacularly beautiful with deep, crystal-clear water to swim in. Families can visit Loch Ness, home to Nessie the monster as well as hilltop castles, quiet waterside towns, lakeside resorts, cosy pubs and listen out for the rich, melodic sound of bagpipes. Head to Laggan, in the Caledonian Canal, a perfect base to explore the whole region by boat in a week and discover Fort William, Ben Nevis (the UK’s highest mountain) and plenty of other stops en route to Inverness.
The company has also announced it is rolling out additional health and safety measures under its ‘Covid Safety Charter’. Le Boat has evolved its current operations to make sure that it has taken every precaution to afford all customers an even safer and healthier holiday experience. This includes supplying pre-departure information digitally, giving safety videos in advance, stepping up the cleaning of Le Boat’s bases and boats, Perspex screens at receptions and providing hand sanitiser. Only one person will be required at check-in and customers will be responsible with bagging personal rubbish and stripping beds. Trips can also be rescheduled under its ‘Go Boating with Confidence’ flexible booking policy where a booking can be amended up to the day of departure.
For more information call 023 9222 2751 or visit www.leboat.co.uk