The Canal & Waterway
Grand Union Canal:
The waterway on which we cruise was built in the early
nineteenth century to carry bulk cargoes the 135 miles from Birmingham to
London. At Leighton Buzzard, canalside pits exported thousands of tons of
waterborne sand and gravel to all parts of the country. Narrow boats in
pairs, drawn along originally by horses, were the normal long distance
craft, and many features of the past can still be seen today.
The Narrow Boat:
Leighton Lady is over seventy feet long, the maximum length of craft able to navigate the Grand Union Canal. She was especially designed for passenger carrying and has retained the canal tradition of polished brasses, bright paintwork and hand paintings of roses and castles. The heated passenger saloon, with its cushioned seats, contains a well stocked bar. At the forward end will be found toilet facilities and a wash hand basin. Music is available but hirers are welcome to bring their own tapes and compact discs. Karaoke facilities are available at no extra cost.
Bar and Refreshments:
Full bar facilities, soft drinks, tea, coffee, crisps, postcards and souvenirs are available at all times whilst cruising, prices being comparable with those in most land-based bars. Afternoon and fresh cream teas, hot and cold buffets may be ordered in advance and served on board.
Leighton Lady is available for all special occasions; Birthdays, Wedding Anniversaries, and Club or Firm's outings. Educational cruises are always popular with school parties, as are those for senior citizens. Special provision can be made for handicapped groups, and as with school and OAP's groups, a discount may be offered.
Trips normally start from Brantoms Wharf, Leighton Buzzard. Leighton Lady is available for cruises of any length, daytime or evening, with prior notice they can often be combined with dinner or other meals at the charming canalside pubs along our route.