Whiling away your time whilst
chugging gently along a canal or slow flowing river can be an
idyllic way to pass your time. Now you can do it with a clear
conscience about the environment too, with a number of companies
offering quiet, clean electric boats running on solar-electric-power.
The Solar Boat Company
supplies a solar powered narrowboat propulsion system to
boat builders and fitters, and The
Electric Boat Association is a good place for further information.
Meanwhile, the University of
Birmingham has developed a Hydrogen Hybrid Canal Boat, the Ross Barlow, as a showcase experimental project.
Further afield, the French company,
Naviratous, are offering
six day trips on their solar powered barge that operates on the
Canal du Midi between Béziers and Carcassonne in the Languedoc
region of France, taking in visits to local vineyards and châteaux
as well as walking and cycling excursions.
Prince -canal narrowboat
holidays from Chirk, Acton, Stkoe on Trent, Falkirk and Napton.
-manages and cares for 2,000 miles (3,219km) of canals, rivers
and docks, buildings, structures and landscapes.
-the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is a unique area of water, grazing
marshes, fen and woodland, and home to some of the rarest plants
and creatures in the UK.
-offer a variety of canal holidays, including four to seven day
horse drawn cruises aboard their horseboat 'Siân' with
accomodation in farm guest houses.
Canalia -colourful site on Britains historic
canals and waterways.
Packetboat Company -travel
along an unspoilt waterway in Surrey on the narrow boat "Iona",
pulled by one of their heavy horses, traversing both river and
canal -public trips and private charters available.
-horse drawn boat trips in the North Wales market town of Llangollen.
Boats -located in the
ancient Saxon Town of Bradford on Avon, half an hour's drive
from the World Heritage City of Bath, Sally Boats prides itself
in being the leading organisation offering Canal Narrow Boat
Holidays on the Kennet and Avon Canal.