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Daisy from California asked

Barge or boat trip in England

We are hoping to rent a boat or barge in England for a week where we can see lots of old architecture and enjoy great pubs.  We don't know the area at all, and are looking for your best suggestions of which trip to take.  Thank you!

England (United Kingdom)

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Ian from United Kingdom

Ahh, many a decent pub lies on the canal network.

There's a couple of routes that spring initially to mind - the Oxford Canal which runs from Oxford north past Banbury is pretty scenic, and passes through a few villages with good pubs too (eg Cropredy).

Birmingham (England) and the nearby Black Country are the centre of the canal network and have lots of both old industrial landscapes/history, and Victorian-era buildings.  One of the canals also runs past the Cadbury factory in Bournville.

However, for a more scenic approach, there's a couple of canals that run over the Pennines - there's the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and the Rochdale Canal.  The scenery, through the mountains, is sublime, and the towns (like Manchester (United Kingdom) and Leeds are the heartland of the North and the Industrial Revolution and definitely worth exploring. :) 

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I'm so greatful for your answer. We are very much looking forward to this trip in the near future!

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  1. Oxford (city)
  2. Banbury (city)
  3. Cropredy (city)
  4. Birmingham (England) (city)
  5. Bournville (attraction)
  6. Manchester (United Kingdom) (city)
  7. Leeds (city)
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