Kailani Blog

Wildlife along the Rivers and Canals

03 April, 2018

As we travel around the rivers and canals of the southern waterways we see abundant wildlife.  We have guests who are happy relaxing on the bow deck and watch the wildlife as we cruise along. Guests who are keen bird watchers or photographers are often seen enjoying the sights as we cruise along or get… Read more »

River Thames Cruising

13 February, 2018

Boaters on any river must be fully aware of the strength of current or flow. When we cruise the River Thames in particular, we ensure we are up to date with the weather conditions and forecast, which is a good indicator of river conditions. The rate of flow can change very quickly even following the… Read more »

The Louth Canal

18 January, 2018

As we finish our Season of cruises, Kailani is at rest on its winter mooring near Napton, Warwickshire, and we return to our home in Louth, Lincolnshire. Many an afternoon is spent walking along our local canal, the Louth Navigation, to give its official title. Locals simply call it the Louth Canal. We thought we… Read more »

Milton Keynes – 50 yrs old

06 November, 2017

Cruising between Stoke Bruerne and Linslade causes boats to pass through the City of Milton Keynes, which although classed as a “new town”, was created 50 years ago this year.  The Grand Union Canal meanders  between the locks at Cosgrove and Fenny Stratford, a distance of about 11 miles, through parkland and the original settlements… Read more »

Lock Keeper of the Year Award

30 September, 2017

All the Hotel Boats who are Members of the British Marine Inland Boating get together twice a year to discuss various matters and one item is nominations for Lock Keeper of the Year Award.  These can be anyone either on the canals or rivers of the Inland waterways, in full time work for the Canal… Read more »

Swan Upping on the River Thames

04 August, 2017

The Thames tradition of the Swan Upping Census this year (2017) began on Monday 17th July and takes 5 days to complete. The ceremony always takes place the third week of July. It began way back in the 12th Century. The colourful ceremony is carried out by London’s Dyers and Vintners City Livery Companies with… Read more »

The Beauty of the Grand union Canal

11 May, 2017

The beauty of the Grand Union Canal never ceases to delight.  It is a pleasure every Springtime when we travel down towards London, seeing not only the familiar sights but also catching a glimpse of something new. Then in October when we return to our winter mooring near Napton, we see a different canal and… Read more »

River Lea (or Lee)

02 March, 2017

The 42 mile long River Lea has its source in Leagrave near Luton in the Chiltern Hills.  It meanders south and south east to London where it joins the River Thames at Bow Creek or Limehouse.  The river valley creates a chain of marsh ground, much of which has been used for gravel and mineral… Read more »

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