Last year, VisitBritain had a competition where the prize was a trip to East Midlands while staying (and managing) a canal boat for 4 days. Our Danish winner, Anne, tells us her story.
– Hanne –
In the autumn of 2008 I was lucky to win a canal boat trip (to the Robin Hood forest) for 4 people in a competition with VisitBritain. It turned out to be a canal boat that we were driving, which scared me a little, so I was happy my younger brother was going with me. I also invited my niece and nephew along, as I said I would in the competition text.
Then the day finally arrived, the 20thof May 2009, and we were on our way to London, and then took the train up to Sawley Marina in East Midlands. We got a thorough training of the canal boat and the waterways by the friendly people who worked at Sawley Marina. Actually we were told not to drive towards Nottingham because of the many waterways, so we sailed west instead and didn’t get to see the Robin Hood forest.
The first day was really long, we met at Copenhagen airport at 05.30, and sailed from the marina at 17.00 so we were very tired. The trip with the canal boat went smoothly, we had both sunshine and rain, and fairly warm weather, and we saw lots of animals and almost no other canal boats. As you can see in these pictures, it’s really pretty and as the children said, it’s similar to the Danish landscape. We enjoyed the opportunity to either walk or sit during the trip, and appreciated the quiet and relaxing atmosphere. It was also great that we could almost park the boat where we wanted, so that the children could have a look at whatever there was to see along the countryside.
The boat worked perfectly, we didn’t miss anything and it was really luxurious (even though we could have wished for single quilts). Everyone we met were friendly and helpful, and this made our trip comfortable throughout the entire stay. Especially I would like to thank Sawley Marina for their fantastic help and guidance.
Thanks for a lovely prize! It was an experience of a lifetime!