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oldgeezer5
Kin Kin, Australia18 contributi
set 2023 • Famiglia
We hired narrowboat Sacha from Sally Narrowboats at Bradford on Avon. We travelled first to Bath and then East to Great Bedwyn before returning to Bradford on Avon. Our party of seven adults from Australia were looking forward to conquering the Caen Hill locks and enjoying the reputed beauty of the K&A, having done several other UK canals in the past.

The boat was ready on our arrival and we were able to get set up on board and depart after a briefing without any issues. The Sally Narrowboat staff, both on our arrival and on return were courteous and very helpful as we battled with luggage and supplies. The boat was clean and well equipped for our 11 day confined space adventure.

The K&A canal itself is another matter. In general we found the canal sides to often be too overgrown to allow mooring with most potential mooring spaces taken up by live aboards in various states of tidiness. Finding moorings near popular spots such as Honey Street, Seend Cleve and Devizes was near impossible. Sections of the canal East of Devizes are overgrown with reeds reducing to a clear waterway of one boat width. We were dissappointed to find the canal in many areas did not live up to its reputation, but if you do choose this canal then we recommend Sally Narrowboats at Bradford on Avon as your boat provider.
Scritta in data 3 ottobre 2023
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Julia N
1 contributo
set 2023 • Amici
Moonraker Canalboats website has not been updated for some time and is confusing. Moonshadow has not run on a Saturday since 2022 and the point of departure is now The Barge Inn at Seend Cleeve not Honey Street Wharf as shown on the map and detailed in the About Us/ What’s Next Section of the website. As we were not made aware of this until a week before our departure, we had to change our route planning at the last minute to travel west to Bath rather than east to Newbury to avoid days spent navigating the Caen Hill flight. Unfortunately, moorings along this section of the Kennet and Avon Canal are now largely taken by permit holders and/or live aboarders meaning there is little available mooring along the canal particularly for widebeam canalboats. The lack of mooring space at The Barge Inn for leaving Moonshadow on our return similarly proved a constant worry throughout our holiday. All Moonraker canalboats are advertised with bow thrusters and central heating. Unfortunately, neither worked from the outset and the logs supplied for the log burner were too big and damp to be of use so we had to buy our own, kiln dried and much smaller logs to fuel the much needed log burner. Some light fittings were pretty dodgy and the door to the tumble drier was broken and had to be propped closed in order for it to work. Thank goodness it did work as it was the only way we could dry towels in the absence of central heating and working towel rails. The shower drain and bathroom sink in the ensuite did not work from Day 1 although this problem was promptly addressed before we left Bradford on Avon on Day 2. I do not want to sound too negative and I know that the obvious problem of lack of available moorings on the Bradford on Avon/Bath section of the K&A Canal is out of Moonraker Canalboats control but Moonraker Canalboats advertise a luxury canalboat holiday experience which it could have been had the boat been better maintained and we had been made aware of the limited availability of suitable moorings.
Scritta in data 25 settembre 2023
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Julie M
2 contributi
set 2023 • Famiglia
We hired from Bath and travelled to foxhanger marina , turned around and returned . We were shocked at the lack of decent moorings . Most were taken up by live aboard which is fair enough but the bank was so deep with undergrowth in parts making it impossible to moor . We are glad we have experienced this stretch on the canal , but won't be doing it again . It was too stressful trying to find a mooring in the 7 days we had
Scritta in data 7 settembre 2023
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Carl C
Flagstaff, AZ56 contributi
mag 2023 • Solo
A most enjoyable push bike ride. Love riding the Canal and have done it in both directions from Pewsey. Riding the canal from Pewsey to Hungerford can be a bit rough. However, a stop at the Crofton Beam Engine is a must. Heading toward Bath, the Caen Hill Twentynine canal locks at Devizes is mesmerizing. Most of the canal boaters will give you a wave as you pass them by, as you are usually going faster on your push bike than they are.
Scritta in data 9 giugno 2023
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Herbie-Green
Guildford, UK2.308 contributi
mar 2023
Excellent along most of its length for walks and cycling. Stayed at King's Arms in All Cannings, and were able to walk east or west for miles, with amazing hills as backdrop, and lovely and peaceful walking / cycling.
Scritta in data 18 marzo 2023
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Adventurer_forever
Norfolk, England12 contributi
lug 2022
We hired Moonbeam, in July 2022, for a family holiday. We did the Bath route (doing the Devises flight) over 10 days. We really enjoyed the canal boating experience itself, learning how to use a lock, learning new skills and lingo, doing the Devizes flight and cruising along and spotting the lovely wildlife on the canal. We got to experience a different holiday and found some gems of pubs along the way. We are fairly hardy experience seekers, but decided to opt for a bit more luxury than we usually would - due to the high price and smooth wording on the Moonraker website, we booked it expecting a luxury experience, and the expectation unfortunately, did not match reality.

I will break down our (un)luxury experience into two parts: Moonbeam & Service.

Moonbeam the Boat
Moonbeam was unfortunately poorly maintained and tired:
• Looking at reviews on Trip Advisor across the years, it appears that the bow thrusters on the Moonraker boats never work, they also didn’t work for us. We got the same spiel as other reviewers, they had only just broke, couldn’t be fixed in the turnaround time. It made handling Moonbeam that much harder, and was a key selling point on the website as part of the experience so to have them not working wasn’t a great start.
• Broken radiator in the bathroom, again it was ‘oh that must have just broken’, but the brown goop dripping from it, showed it had been like that for months and the plumber who had to come on board to fix it (after we complained), corroborated this and said it had been broken for ages.
• As we had 6 adults in our party we opted to have the pull-out bed in the living room as the third bed, the website stated it is a king pull out bed, however in reality it was a large single futon – not suitable for two adults, certainly not what was on the website. We were told it was a brand new futon (that didn’t increase the size of it) so we requested extra bedding brought so we could make use of the bunkbeds. It meant two adult couples were sharing a small bunk-bed room, not ideal when not anticipated.
• The washing machine would have been great to use, but the lead was too small to reach the plug socket, 2 foot too short. We requested an extension lead twice and it never materialised. It looked like it had never been used (go figure), but again was something mentioned on the website as being part of the luxury of this floating home, so to not have it was a disappointment.

Service
Across the board the service was disorganised:
• We were given very latest check-in time so the boat would be ready, it wasn’t. Housekeeping were rushing to get Moonbeam ready and therefore it really wasn’t very clean – think youth hostel standard. There was mould in the spouts of the whirlpool bath which was grim (another part of the luxury we couldn't use) and cobwebs everywhere.
• When delivering Moonbeam back no one asked if we had a good time, not one of the team. As we departed and said goodbye to housekeeping who had roundly ignored our presence, we were accosted by one who asked if we broke anything and to tell her immediately if we had. We hadn’t, but made us feel like naughty school kids, not customers.
• Finally, there was ample parking, however guests are asked to park under very large trees, while old broken ambulances and staff parking is in an area clear of trees. There were some very expensive cars of customers parked in the under tree parking, covered and I mean, covered, in bird poo (think albatross levels). What a way to end your holiday, than scrubbing your car clean. My husband and father spent at least 30 minutes each, trying to get it all off. It just reinforced how there was no thought to customer experience at Moonraker.

We raised issues as they came in, so felt we conveyed our displeasure to the owner and what could be fixed was done so. This review is to help other travellers who are looking at canal holidays, to help them not being mis-sold an experience it just isn’t. We recommend going with another company, for a much lower price, for the same standard.
Scritta in data 3 gennaio 2023
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Frank Z
4 contributi
ott 2022
Canal in Bath—with locks—right behind the rail-station! It was a late-discovery for our days-visit in Bath and I am sad to have missed out on exploring new enjoying the canal and its tow-path and park-setting. We did not get on a boat or lock-through. I would have figured out a way to bicycle to the tow-path, or take a longer day! Work checking into it. Not much in the way of organized tours and activities that we found in October.
Scritta in data 19 ottobre 2022
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Catherine
Londra, UK857 contributi
ago 2022
If you’re thinking of hiring a boat on the Kennet & Avon, book with Honeystreet. You won’t regret it. Fantastic, friendly staff. Great communication. Lovely boats.

Spotlessly clean, kitchen, kettle, fresh water provided and an easy to use loo on board. Highly recommend
Scritta in data 19 settembre 2022
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Eivind M
Oslo, Norvegia337 contributi
set 2022 • Amici
We rented a narrow boat for a week and did a beginners tour.
Lots of nice small village’s .
Many cool pubs, lots of things to see.
Many nice historic place connected to canal history.
Scritta in data 18 settembre 2022
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danhuz
Cradley, UK56 contributi
giu 2022 • Famiglia
We’ve had canal boating holidays in the north Midlands and, taken by the friendliness of canal folk and general tranquility, thought we’d try further afield. We picked up a boat in Bath with the aim of pushing as far east and back as we could in four days. Bath Narrowboats were perfectly fine and there was no real complaints about the boat (though, as always for a hire boat, there’d be a fairly long snagging list if I put my mind to it).

As for the canal itself, there are some issues (especially if you’re new to this game):

1. There are a lot of “live aboards”, the majority of which fall into two camps (both of which think they own the canal); miserable old coots who complain rudely if you are travelling at more than 0mph past their boat OR waterborne tramps dwelling in dilapidated craft that most probably could not move even if you towed them. There are masses of the latter until you reach a mile or so after Bradford-On-Avon and we were usually either unable or unwilling to tie up in any tourist areas due to our potential neighbours.

2. A significant portion of the canal banks were overgrown, which combined with usually shallow edges to the canal, meant it was often very tricky to tie up. More than a challenge for a novice.

3. There were a significant number of broad beamed barges, often tied up on blind bends or driven by inexperienced pilots. British canals weren’t designed for these craft and they simply don’t work. Most canals can accommodate 3 narrowboats side by side (eg 1 tied up, 1 heading west, another heading east). However, they can only manage 2 broad beamed boats. If one of those is tied up, a second one passing by will stop the traffic coming the other way. Not so much of a problem in the wilds but a pain near any popular spots.

The canal became more picturesque and more user friendly after Bradford-On-Avon, and that may be the answer to our next holiday: pick the boat up in Staverton or Semington, but definitely not Bath.
Scritta in data 2 giugno 2022
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