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Bookins open 4th July

Posted:  25/06/2020 11:53

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Following the easing of lock-down Savoy Hill we now be available for hore from 4th Juy 2020. Hire will, for the time being, start at Anderton Marina.

The Bookings Page;will be back on line shortly and will show the current bookings status.


Club Bookings Update

Posted:  30/05/2020 00:06

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ABC, who manage Savoy Hill, issued the folowing update on 29 May 2020:

June bookings

We have taken the decision to cancel all holidays up to the 14th June.  If you are booked to go on holiday with us prior to this please contact us with your 6 digit booking reference number and confirm whether you would like to transfer your booking or have a refund.  

We are still hoping that it may be possible that late June bookings may be able to go ahead but are reviewing the situation constantly.


CRT Update 11 May 2020

Posted:  12/05/2020 09:39

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Update: Monday 11 May [CRT]

Last night the government announced the first steps in lifting restrictions on outdoor activities and is now allowing people to drive to spend time outdoors with members of the same household. Based on this decision, from Wednesday 13 May we are lifting restrictions on boat owners visiting their boats.

At this stage general navigation still isn’t permitted and boats should only be used for minimal travel, for example for essential services or repairs. Where visiting, people should expect to return home the same day. We will be reviewing when we can restore navigation in light of the new government advice. In the meantime, mooring exemptions are extended by a further two weeks until Saturday 23 May.

Following government advice, angling and canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding for exercise, can resume from Wednesday 13 May, but this must be on your own or with members of your household, and shouldn’t be for long distances as navigation is still restricted. In all instances, social distancing must be maintained at all times, keeping your distance from both other people and moored boats.

Towpaths have remained open throughout the pandemic, with people required to observe social distancing rules and taking extra care on narrow sections. As more people return to work and are encouraged to avoid public transport, we could see an increase in the use of towpaths. Please keep moving, don’t congregate and stand aside to allow others to pass, using the full width of the towpath. Once again, keep your distance from other people and moored boats.

If you are a cyclist, please be aware of our towpath code. Remember that pedestrians have priority, so always take it steady and be ready to slow down to give way to pedestrians. Consider using an alternative route away from the towpath for your exercise, especially as traffic on most roads is much reduced.

Overall, our plea to everyone thinking of visiting our canals and river navigations is to be mindful of others and act always with consideration and respect.

For clarity, this does not apply on our Welsh canals where different rules apply - The Welsh Government is still applying the ‘stay at home, stay local’ regulations. We strongly advise that you regularly check its website for updated information and certainly before planning to visit your boat.


Should I carry on cruising?

Posted:  26/03/2020 12:14

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By CRT 24th March 2020 Boaters Update

From CRT:

 "Our priority is to strictly follow Government advice to support the national effort to keep people safe and help fight the pandemic.

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister (8.30pm, 23 March 2020) regarding the UK’s response to the coronavirus crisis, we are asking leisure boaters to stop all non-essential travel.  As a result, and to help those who live-aboard (along with those who would need to travel to their boat in order to move it) we are suspending the requirement to move every 14 days.

We are asking boaters to stop all non-essential travel on our waterways, with exception of accessing local facilities. The suspension will be kept under review in line with revised government guidance, applying initially until 14 April 2020. During this period you do not need to contact us to tell us you will be staying one location for more than 14 days.

We ask everyone to be considerate and make sure vital boater facilities and services accessible to those that need them. 

There may, in a few cases, be the need to pass through manned structures. Information about this will be posted on regional webpages so please check if this applies to you."


2020 Cruising Base Update

Posted:  25/03/2020 12:51

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Note that with the suspension of bookings and restriction on travelling Savoy Hill will now remain in Anderton Marina until further notice


New Photograph Gallery SH V in Manchester

Posted:  18/05/2019 08:38

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Tim has added a new photo gallery with pictures of Savoy Hill's trip to Manchester in May 2019.

Travelling up on the Trent & Mersey canal


Barton Swing Aqueduct on the Bridgewater Canal


Carbon monoxide alarms become mandatory for boats

Posted:  07/04/2019 22:25

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From 1st April 2019 at least one carbon monoxide (CO) alarm became a requirement on nearly all private and non-private boats in scope of the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) Requirements. BSS Certifications will not be issued to boats without alarms.


July 2019 CRT Boaters Update

Posted:  07/04/2019 20:19

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Click here to see the July 2019 edition of the CRT's Boater's Update.


Discount code for Club member bookings

Posted:  09/01/2019 09:00

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We have a new bookings process now that the boat is being managed by ABC.

Details are on the bookings page.

The main change is that you now have to "buy a week" from their booking page and they handle all the payments.

The bookings table on new web site (coming soon) will be updateable and will show you what is booked and what is free. However, the on-line bookings form is no longer required and Alex is no longer managing the bookings (although he is still available for advice!).

Discount Code

The discount code is on our bookings page and also available from the Club office.


Our Facebook Page

Posted:  08/01/2019 23:06

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Don't forget to share our Facebook group with current and ex-BBC Staff.


Shropshire Union reopens

Posted:  21/12/2018 08:56

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Amazing job by CRT, volunteers and contractors.

Read the full story here:


New Savoy Hill 360 degree tour

Posted:  28/04/2018 22:34

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Carl Onens has very kindly create an internal tour of Savoy Hill 5 for us.


The New Savoy Hill is due in May

Posted:  27/04/2018 17:56

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This year we will be saying good-bye to Savoy Hill 4 and welcoming our latest boat Savoy Hill 5. We are hoping that the latest Savoy Hill will be available for hire from Anderton Marina in Cheshire from May 2018. She is currently under construction and awaiting fit-out. In the mean time the current Savoy Hill will continue to operate from Gayton Marina in Northamptonshire. Click here to visit the bookings page.



Posted:  02/04/2018 13:20

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There are currently two major issues affecting the canal and river network.

There is a major breach on the Middlewich Branch. CRT are asking for donations to a repair fund. Please visit Just Giving if you wish to contribute. There is more information here.

There has also been a major oil spillage on the River Lea. This appears to be engine oil and diesel and is thought to be due to illegal dumping. The Lea is closed to prevent the spread of the oil slick.


New boat update

Posted:  19/02/2018 16:57

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The main construction is now finished and engine fitted. At the moment she is being fitted out a Alvechurch and delivery is on schedule for the middle of April. Once handed over she will be taken to Anderton and start her cruising career. I had hoped to add some photos but there seems to be a problem with that function of the website.

Alex Christison


Latest CRT Newsletter

Posted:  16/01/2018 22:57

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See the latest CRT Newsletter - click here


Booking a narrowboat holiday through AirBNB or Gumtree?

Posted:  10/09/2017 11:38

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Not an issue for Savoy Hill but for anyone looking at alternative ways to hire or as a way of selling time on their own boat here is the advice from CRT.

From 12 June 2017 boat owners will be able to apply for a Static Letting Licence for static boats which will cover all types of boat rental, including long-term renting, Airbnb-style short breaks, and overnight stays. The boat owner will need to have a permanent mooring and should talk to their local planning authority to see if planning permission is needed. The price will be the same as for the current Self-Drive Holiday Hire licence.

If you rent out your boat you'll have a duty of care to those onboard. You'll need to organise a non-private boat safety certificate, commercial insurance and proof that youve gone through the handover procedure correctly.

Alongside this we [CRT] will be introducing a new process for dealing with boat owners who may be breaching the terms of their licence by renting out their boat.  If a boat is suspected of being rented out illicitly the Trust will contact the registered licence holder, as well as hand posting letters onto the boat itself to alert renters.  

Please don't rent a boat without the correct type of licence it will not have been checked by us [CRT] and could potentially be unsafe.

Tim Durham


Boat licensing consultation update

Posted:  16/08/2017 16:04

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Boat licensing consultation update (from the CRT website)

Regular [CRT Blog] readers will remember that a month ago I reported on the boat licensing consultation. Following the completion of the opening stages we and Involve, the independent charity commissioned to carry out the consultation, are reflecting on the rich discussions weve had so far with boaters. Once complete, the third and final stage of the process will get underway in which all boaters are encouraged to take part.

Read More.....

  Added by Tim Durham

Savoy Hill - Spotted

Posted:  26/07/2017 13:12

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Roger Stocker is out and about on the Grand Union and has spotted Savoy Hill.


Visit the Boater's Update

Posted:  05/06/2017 12:06

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The June edition of the CRT Boater's Update is now availabl.

Canal & River Trust have a blog that you can visit at any time to catch up with the latest canal news. Click here to go to


Welcome to the new Canal Cruising website

Posted:  01/04/2017 00:00

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You are now using the new Canal Cruising web site! It should be much the same as the old one but takes into account the changes in the way the bookings are now being handled. 

For example, the Bookings page has a table showing what has been booked and what is available as before, along with the prices, but the bookings process has been changed.

The site will also work much better on phones and tablets.

If you have any technical issues with the site please let Tim know by sending an email to

For techie people - we have moved from Microsoft servers, ASP3 pages and Microsoft Access database to Linux, PHP and the on-line MySQL database.


Work starts to restore historic pumping station

Posted:  01/03/2017 13:20

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From Towpath Talk

A MAJOR 700,000 project to restore a two centuries-old canal pumping station in Soulbury is under way.

The work is being carried out by the Canal & River Trust with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund who are contributing 391,100 to bring the historic building back into use.

Using specialist heritage techniques, teams from the trust, including heritage apprentices, will repair and rebuild the roof and brick walls, replace guttering and underpin the rear wall. New doors and windows, in keeping with the character of the building, will also be installed.

Built in 1838 and listed Grade II, the station also houses a pump which plays a vital role in keeping the Grand Union Canal open and is one of a series located along the canal. Without these pumps, the canal would run out of water during the busy summer boating season.

James Clifton, from the Canal & River Trust, said; Soulbury Three Locks Pumping Station has been helping to keep the Grand Union Canal topped up for almost 180 years and it is wonderful to think that a structure dating back to the year Queen Victoria was crowned is still being used today.

The Canal & River Trust is delighted that, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are able to restore this important part of Britains working heritage.

Stuart McLeod, Head of HLF South East said: Thanks to National Lottery players, this piece of canal heritage will be restored for generations to come. Once finished the building will provide a base for a local craftsman, giving it a new lease of life, after being empty for so many years.


2017 Prices

Posted:  02/02/2017 08:57

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Booking is now open for 2017. You'll be glad to know that the prices are the same as 2016. Visit the Bookings Page for more details.