Heart of England
|Central England oozes history, from the Gothic towns of Oxford and Gloucester, to Stratford-upon-Avon, home of William Shakespeare. But it's also some of the most picturesque countryside rolling hills, leafy forests, rivers and canals meandering through lush green meadows. Traveling with kids, alternate cultural sightseeing with days outdoors.
|Nottingham and Lincoln
|Pilot a narrowboat on the canals Rent a narrow boat and spend several days, navigating the canals, such as The Grand Union Canal. It'll be quite an adventure, opening and closing locks by hand, navigating your boat through sandy sections, eating and sleeping on board. Older kids will want to help open and close the paddle gates in the locks and steer the boat.
|It's easier if you have two adults along, but no prior experience is necessary. You'll get the hang of it after a couple of days and my kids loved it. To learn more about boats and waterways routes, visit the British Waterways site.