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Horse Drawn Holiday Cruises

Looking for that short holiday that is a little unusual?

A Bygone Times Break is just the answer!

If you are looking for a short break holiday or a day out that is a little out of the ordinary we may have the answer.

In this day and age of fast cars, ever faster computers and stressed commuters we make no apology for keeping your feet firmly in the horse age and taking you for a memorable journey back into time.

Flowing under the narrow brick built canal bridge to which the speeding motorist gives not another thought is a quieter world full of tradition and colour that has changed little over the past two hundred years.

Throughout the summer our horse drawn boat ‘Countess’ can be found cruising the clear waters of the Montgomery Canal in Shropshire. We offer a choice of short break holidays when you can enjoy carefree days afloat and comfortable nights ashore.

So This is your invitation to join us for a journey into the past that won’t cost the earth in carbon emissions and is guaranteed to introduce you to a slower pace of life.

Choice of holidays

Bywater Cruises offer a choice of four different short break holidays varying in length from one to four nights. Every holiday can be booked for any date from May to October by any group of family or friends from six to a maximum number of ten people.

Some holidays are available on specific dates and can be booked by individuals, couples or groups. Please see itineraries and dates as given in our Cruising Schedule.

Your Bywater Break holiday begins the moment you check into your hotel on the day of your arrival. That evening you will be introduced to your host who will explain your holiday itinerary to you over a complementary glass of wine. The following morning you will be met after breakfast and driven to the canal to begin your holiday. There is more information in our downloadable 2015 Schedule (pdf).

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Dates for your Bygone Times Break 2015

All Bywater Breaks can be booked on any weekdays and some weekends between

May and October by any group of family or friends to a maximum of 10 people.
The Bywater Breaks listed below can be booked by individuals, couples or groups.

Heritage Break Tue 16th – Fri 19th June
Bygone Times Break Mon 22nd – Fri 26th June
Heritage Break Wed 9th – Sat 12th Sept
Bygone Times Break Mon 14th – Fri 18th Sept

Bywater Country Cruise: One day and one or two nights
Group size: 4 people £100.00 per person
6 people £65.00 per person
8 people £50.00 per person
10 people £40.00 per person

Bywater Break: Two days and two or three nights
Group size: 4 people £190.00 per person
6 people £125.00 per person
8 people £99.00 per person
10 people £75.00 per person

Bywater Heritage Holiday: Two days and two or three nights
Group size: 4 people £220.00 per person
6 people £150.00 per person
8 people £120.00 per person
10 people £99.00 per person

Bywater Bygone Times Break: Three days and three or four nights
Group size: 4 people £350.00 per person
6 people £300.00 per person
8 people £280.00 per person

Please note that the prices given include all travel on the boats but do not include
your shore based accommodation and travel to/from the boats. These costs will be
quoted on request depending on standard of hotel, guest house or self-catering

Cruise Itineraries

You can find full details of Cruise Itineraries and a Booking Form in our downloadable

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How to Join: You are welcome to drive to your hotel but if you prefer to travel by train we can arrange for you to be met at Gobowen station which is on the main Shrewsbury to Chester line. Passengers travelling by car are welcome to arrive at any time after 3.00 p.m. We all meet in the hotel lounge at 6.45 p.m. for introductions over a complementary glass of wine or whisky.

Included in the cost of a Bywater Cruise

• Comfortable en suite accommodation in selected hotels or country guest houses
• Full breakfast and two or three course dinner
• All travel on boats
• All transport to/from your accommodation and boats/trains
• One return journey on the Llangollen Steam Railway on a Bygone Times and Heritage Holiday Break
• Use of maps and binoculars on boat
• One lunch and two morning coffees are included on a Heritage Holiday. Other refreshments are not included.

Prices 2015

‘Countess’ – One day Private Charter £360.00

A Country Cruise Break – One night £149.00 – Two nights £210.00

A Bywater Break - Two nights £280.00 – Three nights £350.00

A Bygone Times Break - Two nights £280.00 – Three nights £350.00

A Heritage Holiday Break – Three nights £420.00 – Four nights £490.00

All the above holiday prices are per person sharing in a 2 or 3 star hotel with en suite accommodation, dinner, bed and breakfast. Single supplements may apply on some holidays. Quotes for country guest house and self catering accommodation can be requested.

Group bookings

Any of the above cruises/holidays can be booked for any dates between June and October by any group (minimum 6 people; maximum 10 people).

Bywater Cruising schedule 2015 (pdf)

Bygone Times Breaks

For more details, please contact:

Bywater Cruises – Bygone Times Breaks,
Ceiriog Cottage
Canal View
Chirk Bank
Wrexham
LL14 5BY

Telephone: 07971303416

email: bygonetimesbreaks@bywatercruises.com