Kailani Blog

Springtime on the GUC

14 April, 2014

Our new season is underway and we have 3 wonderful people on board enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife along the Grand Union. Starting from Norton Junction on Monday afternoon, we headed down the Long Buckby flight of locks, where we moored for the night, luckily keeping dry as the weather was quite mixed. We… Read more »


05 April, 2014

We all know there are famous Castles at Windsor and Warwick but did you know that one of England’s most historically relevant Castles is in Berkhamsted? This ancient Motte and Bailey structure was the site of William the Conqueror’s offer of the English Crown in 1066. Much of the walls and buildings have disappeared but… Read more »

2015 Routes now available

28 March, 2014

We are pleased to announce that our 2015 routes are now available and can be seen on the website. For next year as well as travelling the Grand Union from Norton Junction to Brentford, we will also go up to Warwick and along the Paddington Arm to Little Venice, the hub of the London Waterways…. Read more »

Updated Routes

21 March, 2014

We have made some changes to the final routes of the 2014 season. We leave the Thames on 12 September, entering the Grand Union at Brentford. The journey up the Hanwell flight takes us to a long level stretch, and our next lock will be at Camden, 27 miles away. Turning at Bulls Bridge onto… Read more »

Wildlife on England’s Rivers and Canals

14 March, 2014

On our journey along the Rivers and Canals we come across some abundant wildlife.  For those who are avid bird watchers or just want to relax and enjoy the wildlife a boating holiday could be just what you are looking for. As well as the many swans with their signets mainly on the River Thames… Read more »

Special Occasion Cruises

07 March, 2014

For that special occasion, maybe a Birthday, Anniversary, Engagement, Retirement or even a Honeymoon, Hotel Boat Kailani could be just what you are looking for. We recently accepted our first booking for a honeymoon.  The happy couple is very much looking forward to the peace, privacy and complete relaxation on board the boat. Of course,… Read more »

Canal Cruising continued

28 February, 2014

From the beginning of June we head south down the Grand Union Canal from Linslade, dropping off and picking up new guests at Berkhamsted and travelling down to Uxbridge. We pass through open countryside and usually get some help with the volunteer lock keepers as we go up the Marsworth Locks. We have time to… Read more »

Cruising the Kennet and Avon Canal

21 February, 2014

Cruising the Kennet and Avon Canal to Devizes We pass some beautiful scenery whilst travelling along the Kennet and Avon Canal.  This is a very rural and peaceful cruise with many locks. We enter the canal off the River Thames at Reading where there are a variety of new developments, travelling past the Oracle shopping… Read more »

The Kennet & Avon from Devizes to Bath

14 February, 2014

From Devizes we head down the first 6 locks before we reach the Caen Hill flight of 16 locks.. The splendid views of the Avon Valley accompany us as we descend these locks.You will notice large pounds on the right hand size which were designed to hold sufficient water to follow the slope. The whole… Read more »

Boating Holidays

07 February, 2014

The boat will shortly be 12 months old and we have changed and updated different aspects of the cruising and the boat. We now have an all weather canopy at the back of the boat which gives us more space and also in bad weather on the River Thames, Gordon can keep dry. Regrettably the canals do… Read more »

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