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Pulteney Bridge and Weir, Bath

The Wessex Rose offers you a cruising holiday with a difference. Choose from our selection of fully inclusive catered and crewed short breaks and holidays aboard our luxury wide beam canal hotel boat. Prices include accommodation in a comfortable spacious en suite double or twin cabin, all food and drink and a crew to manage the boat so all you have to do is relax and enjoy your holiday and do as much or as little as you please.

Our cruises along the Kennet and Avon Navigation, River Thames and Grand Union Canal enjoy some of the most beautiful and diverse waterway scenery in Britain, passing in places through designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in others through idyllic wooded dells and protected marshland. Our route also embraces the architectural splendour cities such as of Bath and Oxford, charming canal and riverscapes and an abundance of interesting canal and riverside towns and villages to explore.

Dundas Aqueduct

As we cruise you can enjoy sitting back and watching the world go by or get involved in working the locks and bridges, even try your hand at steering the boat. However you prefer to pass the time you will be surrounded by some of England’s most spectacular countryside and there’s also more to enjoy than the scenery. Our cruises offer the opportunity to appreciate the history of our waterways with visits to some of the country’s best examples of architectural and engineering masterpieces such as the Dundas and Avoncliff aqueducts, the restored Claverton Waterwheels, the giant steam beam engines at Crofton and the impressive Caen Hill flight of locks considered to be one of the seven wonders of the British waterways.

Windsor Castle from the Thames

Whichever cruise you choose you will see rural England at its very best and experience the unique views, nature, history and heritage of our inland waterways.

Please see our cruise schedules for details of our routes and availability.

2024 Cruise Schedule
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