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The Best-Kept Secret Every Fens Visitor Should Know

02 March 2016 14:58

When people think of a narrowboating city break they might automatically think of cruising through London; or exploring Birmingham, (which famously has more miles of canals than Venice). Cambridge however is better known for its punting; not everybody thinks of a narrowboating holiday in Cambridge. For scenic, navigable rivers, boaters may first think of heading to the Norfolk Broads, even though the Fenland Waterways are a much less busy alternative.

Because of this, the east of England waterways have been described as “a hidden gem” by BBC Countryfile’s Adam Henson. They offer peaceful countryside cruises, shopping and restaurants, pretty walks, villages, churches, cosy pubs, and the steam trains of the Nene Valley Railway. The uncrowded waterways are split into the Middle Level, River Nene and River Ouse. If you’re looking for beautiful little rivers, tourist attractions and historical places to visit then you may just have discovered the waterways’ best-kept secret.

Imagine visiting the world-famous Cambridge University and the grand Ely Cathedral, by canal boat! The navigations also pass through the Fenland market towns of March and Whittlesey and charming little villages like Upwell and Outwell. You can also visit St Ives; the birth place of Oliver Cromwell, on the banks of the river Great Ouse, and Oundle and Northampton. The Fen waterways are home to otters, kingfishers, hares and foxes. As you travel you’ll discover wildlife and wild flowers, traditional pubs and historic monuments.

Fox Narrowboats was founded by Charlie Fox, who at first built wooden dinghies and hired out rowing boats. Later he moved on to building narrowboats. Upon his retirement in 1997 he handed the business over to his two daughters Paula and Tracey. So it’s a warm, friendly, family business offering narrowboat holidays and day boat hire in March, Cambridgeshire. In addition to providing boating holidays and day boat hire, Fox Narrowboats also has a fully serviced, secure boating marina with 200 moorings. To read more about discovering the secrets of the Fens by water and get boating tips, advice, stories and news visit the Fox Boats blog at http://www.foxboats.co.uk/blog/