On holiday with Ovation Boats - Napton to Cropredy!

19th October 2023

Whilst the Ovation workshop is a pretty busy place, every now and again Chris Williams and Julia are able to slip off for a few days away with 'Flossie the cat' on their own narrowboat 'Florrie'!

Now, 'Florrie the narrowboat' may be old, and is certainly not as long as the 60ft liveaboards usually being fitted out at the workshop, but what she lacks in size she more than makes up for in character and manoeuvrability, and she still has everything needed for comfortable living and long, lazy holidays cruising the UK's inland waterways.

On their latest trip the weather was particularly balmy as Chris and Julia set off from North Kilworth in Leicestershire. The plan was to travel to Banbury in Oxfordshire, and back again. A leisurely journey which took 12 days in all, even though by road it would have taken a couple of hours at most.

Throughout those 12 days the route was beautiful and rural; they didn’t pass anything taller than the odd house and saw parts of the countryside (and its history) most people don't get to see! More importantly they got away from the hustle & bustle of 21st century life, with its roads, cars and stress and became at one with nature and its healing properties.

HS2 construction site
Breakfast under the lift bridge

In this video Chris and Julia travel along the Oxford Canal, passing through the massive HS2 linear construction site, (a project that only a couple of weeks later was announced as having the northern section after Birmingham, cancelled) through Clayton and on to Cropredy where they joined in the fun at the ‘Rock on the Lock’ music festival and won a box of beer in the raffle!!!

Charity Rock on the Lock festival

As more and more people are recognising the need to reduce their own stress levels as well as their carbon footprint, and are opting to take their family on canal boat holidays and short breaks, Ovation Boats has created a range of four shorter, all electric narrow boats, to give an even more peaceful canal boat experience.

The Hobbit range starts at £64,000, are 2+2 berth, and lengths are 27ft, 32ft, 37ft and 42ft. Whilst the Hobbit is currently all electric the option for a traditional diesel engine is also available.

So, if you would like to reduce your own stress levels by getting away, whenever you want, on your own narrowboat, why not give Chris Williams a call on 07963974793 or email chris@ovationboats.co.uk

Full details of the Charnwood Hobbit range can be found on the Ovation Boats website.