If you like lots of open water
and space, maybe the English
narrow canal systems arnt for you, unless of course, you want to experience the victorian like settings and the industrial heritage.
Things can get rather busy on the canals here and its not uncommon to wait 3 or 4 hours to get through some of the busiest locks.
Another problem thats looming fast is the water
shortage due to the dry winter. There are due to be restrictions soon on the hours in the day that locks will opperate to save water, so that might spoil a vacation
if it doesnt rain a lot soon.
Same goes for the rivers in uk, Trent, Thames, Severn, all getting a bit low.
between them have 5000 miles of river and canal systems, which are generally wider, deeper and deserted in comparrason, but unlike the UK, where there is still no restriction on who can hire a boat and cruise
, on the continent you will need a minimum of an ICC
licence, so make sure your AYA/RYA paperwork is sufficient and bring it with you. Its mainy colregs type knowledge and experience.
France is vast. You can chug along all day and hardly see a soul in some parts
. THat also means shops, water stops and ameneties are few and far between, but you have the bonus of exploring the genuine country, not the touristy traps usually associated with vacations