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Berkhamsted to Kingston-upon-Thames (7 nights) Tuesday 17 September 2019

Hanwell Locks

This seven night journey begins at Berkhamsted, a vibrant cultural town and birthplace of author Graham Greene. The town and its 11th Century Norman castle where William the Conqueror received the English crown after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 are well worth a visit before joining the boat for your cruise.

Departing Berkamsted we head towards Hemel Hempstead meandering past the village and meadows of Boxmoor where in 1802 Robert Snooks became the last highwayman to be hanged and buried at the scene of his crime.

Continuing South we cruise to Apsley, home of the Frogmore Paper Mill. The mill is the oldest mechanised paper mill still working today and well worth a visit for a demonstration of hand papermaking and guided tour of the historic site and equipment. Apsley’s neighbour, Kings Langley, is the 12th century birthplace of the first Englishman to have become pope, Nicholas Breakspear.

Near Watford the Canal passes along the western side of Cassiobury Park and has been described as “one of the loveliest sections of canal so near a town anywhere in Britain”. Four locks descend southwards along this meandering section of canal passing Whippendell Woods, renowned for its annual springtime profusion of bluebells and designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest since 1954.

At Rickmansworth the Batchworth Lock canal centre offers an interesting insight into the history of the waterways in the area and from here the canal flows through the heart of the Colne Valley regional park, a 27,500 acre mosaic of scenic farmland, woodland and nature reserves. To the south of the town we pass Rickmansworth Aquadrome,  a popular local nature reserve with wooded walks, lakes and play areas and Stoker’s Lake, a haven for more than 60 species of breeding birds and the largest heronry in the country.

Approaching suburban Uxbridge we cruise through the Denham Country Park and navigate Denham Deep Lock, the deepest on the Grand Union with an 11ft 1ins drop. Below the town Cowley Lock leads us into a long lock free pound carrying the canal through Yiewsley and Hayes past the Cowley Peach junction where the Slough Arm leads away to Slough and Bulls’s Bridge junction where the Paddington Arm heads off into central London.

Continuing along the main channel, the end of this lock free pound is heralded by two locks at Norwood, followed by one of Brunel’s last remarkable engineering projects, the Three Bridges, where a road crosses the canal as the canal crosses the railway.  Leaving the bridges structure behind we encounter the Hanwell flight of six locks, overlooked by the imposing Victorian façade of the former Hanwell Asylum and three attractive lock-keepers cottages. Below the locks the River Brent joins and stays with the canal as it falls through three further locks, the scenery becoming increasingly urban, towards Brentford. Here was pass through one of two Thames Locks which form the gateway between the canal and river to join the Thames for the final leg of our journey.

Following the river and its impressive scenery upstream through Kew, Richmond and Twickenham we arrive at our destination, the vibrant Surrey town of Kingston upon Thames.  First recorded in a Royal Charter in 838, this medieval market town has a host of historical treasures to explore as well as being a cultural centre and shoppers paradise. We aim to arrive in good time to allow guests the opportunity to explore the town before spending their final night on board.

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Cost per person for this cruise £1,160.00*                                  Deposit required £580.00 per cabin

To book please select the required number of cabins below. Our three cabins are identical and can all be configured as either twin or double bedded rooms according to your preference.

Please refer to our terms and conditions before booking. If you have any questions or specific requirements please contact us

Twin/Double Cabin Berkhamsted to Kingston Upon Thames Tuesday 17 September 2019

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Price: £580.00

Twin/Double Cabin Berkhamsted to Kingston Upon Thames Tuesday 17 September 2019

Cabin Not Available

Price: £580.00

Twin/Double Cabin Berkhamsted to Kingston Upon Thames Tuesday 17 September 2019

Cabin Not Available

Price: £580.00

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*based on 2 people sharing a twin/double cabin. Single supplement applies, please see our 2019 price list

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