Spring Breaks

16 November, 2016

“It’s not about where we start or finish, it’s about the journey”

Our 2016 season came to an end 3 weeks ago and we are now enjoying some down time.  Even so, every day we find ourselves doing work on the business.  A couple of days ago we had an enquiry from a lady who was looking for a Spring break on the Grand Union Canal. Our conversation reminded us that many of our guests join us without taking the time to investigate the location, then at the end of their trip, few take the opportunity to have a good look around the arrival place.

Berkhamsted Totem Pole

Totem Pole in Berkhamsted

We have found that when our guests take the time to spend more time investigating the departure or arrival locations, they tell us it was well worth them taking the time to explore.

Such a place is the historic town of Berkhamsted, where our 2017 Schedule sees us starting and ending trips –  (Linslade to Berkhamsted 5th– 8th April and Berkhamsted to Little Venice 9th-14th April).  We presently have availability on these trips.

There are some very notable places to visit in the town and the Town Council and historians have produced a walking tour which includes places and points of interest, such as:

The Castle, where William I was offered the English crown in 1066.

The Port of Berkhamsted, originally part of the Grand Junction Canal.

The childhood home of Clementine Hozier, who would become the wife of Sir Winston Churchill.

Colours on the bridge at Berkhamsted

Bridge at Berkhamsted

The home of William Cowper, the poet and writer of hymns.

Author Graham Greene’s birthplace. His father was housemaster at Berkhamsted School around 1900.  This famous school was founded in 1541.

The Totem Pole.  This beautifully handcrafted genuine Canadian Totem Pole was gifted to a local timber yard owner.

The Market Square, the ancient trading centre of this historic town.

The town centre and High Street run parallel to the canal and are easily reached.  There you can find many retail opportunities but also some very interesting buildings and even some private houses along the high street dating back some 500 years.

So, “it’s not just about the journey – you mustn’t forget where you started or where you finished”.

Hotel Boat Kailani
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