Tibetan Fox 5-12 June 2017
Thank you for warm welcome and excellently fitted out boat.
Tibetan Fox is remarkably well fitted out. Her engine controls are simple and functional. She carries the essential navigational equipment including good light weight waterproofs. She has a remarkably well equipped and arranged kitchen. The forward dining area / lounge is spacious. The bathroom and shower are excellent. Each cabin has really adequate storage space when you have time to investigate.
Several times on our week's cruise down to Bath when commenting on the quality of the Foxhanger boats and service, I was told just how friendly the staff are as well.
One useful piece of advice I received from a "live aboard" who saw me struggling, was make sure you are standing on your boat with both feet before trying to lift your bicycle aboard. The friendly help on the canal more than made up for the weather.
Dr J.R.Keth. Exeter.
Tibetan Fox 12-19 May 2017
We had a great week. The staff were very helpful and didn't even object to being woken on Sunday morning to fix something,
Tibetan Fox 28/4-2/5
Quick, efficient, pleasant service and handover, informative throughout, clean, well equipped boats and a wonderful setting, we will be back.
Tibetan Fox 19-26 September 2016
Excellent customer care from Foxhangers' staff, including a phone call the week before we arrived, just to check our group size hadn't changed and to see if we had any questions. We were given an excellent "run through" about the boat itself upon arrival and a quick demo on lock operation just a stone's throw from their boatyard. All questions answered in layman's terms and we were very quickly put at ease. It was my first time on the canal and a 58 foot boat was quite a daunting prospect. We were able to very conveniently park our car right next to the boat to transfer all our luggage into the side doors of the boat and then park securely, on Foxhangers premises.
The boat was extremely well equipped; the kitchen had everything we needed, the beds were clean and comfortable, the interior was very comfortable and well presented. The TV worked well, despite being warned the reception was poor but we only watched it for five minutes, during the whole trip, preferring instead, to sit outside and look at the stars with a glass of wine. Power supply was good for charging phones and ipads allowing us to post some amazing photos to our friends and family, although 3G coverage was a little sketchy in places along the route.
The bathroom was certainly adequate. The water heater was very good and the showers after a long day at the tiller were both hot and welcome. However, I would certainly urge you to bring at least three types of air freshener for that room. The flushing system on the toilet was mechanically sound but the odours were extremely pungent and not the kind of odours you would naturally expect, more of a "chemical" smell... think Portaloo!
I would estimate this boat as being comfortable for four people but a squeeze for 6, particularly at night, when using the bathroom or getting up for a glass of water. We were a party of two and coped with locks, mooring and steering more than adequately.
I soon mastered the steering although setting off from a mooring did prove quite challenging. Mooring up was easy, leaving that spot was hard as I found getting the bow out, easy, but getting the stern out was harder...I seemed to just run along the bank for a bit in a straight line.
The (walking) pace of life on the canal is very relaxing. If you are looking to get away from the "Rat Race" for a bit, this is the perfect tonic. One very quickly adapts to the slower pace, and this enables you to gorge yourself on the stunning British countryside and to catch many glimpses of wildlife. swans, Herons and Kingfishers are in abundance, maybe take some binoculars along too.
It was a great feeling to moor up and go to the pub for a meal and come back to the boat afterwards; it became a very nice base to return to although I was nervous each time I had to use pins when there were no cleats or rings to moor to. As with boating and steering it pays not to let your mind wander or be distracted as things change rapidly if you aren't focussed.
Bring portable lights if you are the sort who likes to be outside at night, in the ample seating area both fore and aft. There is (thank God) no lighting on the K & A and finding small things (like your glasses or phone) can prove tricky in the dark. Foxhangers do provide a torch but I would recommend bringing at least one more of your own, and/or a safe camping type light that you can set down on a flat surface. Take your torch/light with you when you leave the boat in the evenings - the towpath is dark and there are other obstacles besides other boaters' mooring ropes to trip over or stand on.
Do remember to fill up with water regularly. We found ourselves using a great deal and filled up three times in five days, that was without any cooking, just from showering and washing up.
Full size gas oven was great, although we didn't cook much, instead choosing to make sandwiches for lunch and heading to the pub for dinner - this left us more time to enjoy the trip without the shackles of so much domesticity, which is what being on a break is all about. There are some excellent pubs which you should spend some time researching before you head off. We were not served a bad meal anywhere. Some have their own moorings and others are a little walk away. One gave us a tub of ice to take back to the boat; they are boater friendly as I would imagine boaters make up a fair proportion of their trade. There are several shops and supermarkets en route from which you can stock up the boat's cupboards.. Again, do your research on their locations before you set off, and plan where to moor in order to shop. Maps provided by Foxhangers are more than adequate as are the the pages of info and the dvd they post to you pre trip.
Build up your arms before you arrive as you will be doing a great deal of waving en route. Not just other boaters but dog walkers and cyclists are all very friendly. Sadly there is a group of "residents" who aren't quite so friendly and seem to be under the impression that the Waterways belong to them and they resented our presence. This was the one and only downside to the entire trip.
If you have bicycles, do bring them. The towpath is in excellent condition and it is FLAT; so you could moor and cycle for miles. Perhaps also bring some padlocks for them too, if getting them on board (inside) and off again does not appeal.
We comfortably made it to Keynsham, (and back) in five days, successfully navigating the second deepest lock in the UK (OK we had some help from the Canal and Rivers Trust Volunteers - who were brilliant and helpful) and the dramatic change from being on a canal to being on a river was most enjoyable. I would certainly recommend going on the river (at Bath) if only to see the weir there and the splendid architecture. From there on, the "traffic" thinned out a little.
There are restrictions on the hours it is permitted to move or have an engine running, so I would say we were moving for about seven hours a day.
There was no need to empty the waste tank or get more diesel in a week, the only essential stops were to eat and take water on board, but if you stock up with enough food and cook all your own meals, you could probably increase your mileage and make it to Bristol and back in five days.
We didn't manage the Caen Flight but we did enjoy a splendid Cream Tea at the cafe situated about half way up which I would recommend.
We had a superb trip, thanks Foxhangers....we will return, maybe for a larger vessel. Thank you.
Tibetan Fox 19-23rd October
Many thanks for a superb 4-night trip from Foxhangers. The boat was well equipped and comfortable, and the service was excellent, both at the start and when we needed assistance at the canalside. We had an excellent trip to Bath and back, and would highly recommend Foxhangers to others.
Mr Michael Streuli
Tibetan Fox 17-21 August
As novices we were a little apprehensive when faced with a 58ft narrow boat, but found the package sent to us by Foxhangers prior to our holiday a great help. The tuition was good and helped build our confidence, and we were soon on out way. Thoroughly enjoyed our week on the canal, with no major mishaps. Would thoroughly recommend Foxhangers to anyone whether or not experienced.
Tibetan Fox 3rd October 2014
We did enjoy our holiday and Tibetan Fox was the best equipped boat I have ever hired- and I've hired a lot!
Tibetan Fox 22nd September 2014
From start to finish I was impressed by the Foxhangers operation. The staff who spoke to us, whether personally or on the telephone, were most courteous and helpful. The boat was presented in an impressive way, it was spotless, tidy and well equipped.
Thank you for a most enjoyable holiday. Well done all at Foxhangers!
Mrs Gwen Bateson
Tibetan Fox 9 - 16 June 2014
We were very pleased with our accommodation; the boat was in excellent condition and had every convenience you could imagine. We spent two nights in Bath and 2 nights in Bradford-on-Avon, both were wonderful experiences we will never forget.
We would like to especially thank Richard for his detailed instructions on the operation of the boat, locks and bridges. We can’t thank you enough for providing us with a holiday we will never forget. We would highly recommend Foxhangers to anyone wanting to rent a narrowboat on the Kennet and Avon.
The Pawelchak/Winters party
Tibetan Fox 16-19 June 2014
I hired the Tibetan Fox in mid June 2014. My only regret was that I had only hired it for 5 days. It wasn't enough. The experience was a delight from start to end. From motoring gently through beautiful countryside to the freedom of just pulling up at the side of the canal for a wander through little villages or a visit to a canal side pub for a lovely dinner, it was all so relaxing and enjoyable. Even the locks and swing bridges were fun. The boat was beautifully turned out, the interior all lovely timber, with all the mod cons one could hope for. The people at Foxhangers were very helpful and friendly. I'm from Australia so had to organise the whole thing long distance and it was a breeze.
I also used the service provided through the local village shop to have groceries on board when I arrived. This was better than I ever expected and I would definitely recommend it. We only ordered enough to get us through the first couple of days, but next time I will order everything I need for the whole time. The food they provided was fresh, plentiful and was all on board when we arrived, and I didn't even have to pay until the end of the trip.
Overall I would absolutely recommend a canal boat holiday through Foxhangers to anyone. It was a highlight of my trip to England.
Tibetan Fox September 2013
I just wanted to thank you on behalf of my family for such a wonderful boating experience.
Unfortunately we arrived too late for a full handover but the chap was kind enough to come back first thing Tuesday morning to help us on our way. The boat had everything we could have wished for and the chocolates and wine waiting for us in the fridge were a lovely surprise.
We made our way to Bath in a day and a half and were in awe of the beautiful country side and its abundance of wildlife we saw along the way. After a few hours we started making our way back stopping off at many points along the way. We even had time to take in a pub quiz on our last night!
We will definitely be coming back for more next year.
4 night break July 8 2013 Tibetan Fox
Just returned from what can be described as best boating holiday yet
On arrival at yard we were greeted with a warm welcome and was able to load the boat straight away
The boat Tibetan Fox is a virtually brand new boat, we have had many boats but the layout and design of Tibetan was the tops, roomy comfortable and so much storage we did not know what to do with, this is how narrow boats should be built
The boat was so easy to drive which went to making it such a memorable holiday.
Will be back again and definitely be using Foxhangers
The Grieves Family
Tibetan Fox September 2012
Having hired canal boats over the past five years we found Foxhangers the most professional company we have dealt with. Our boat was presented in a top class condition with some great touches. Nice to be able to listen to the radio while piloting the boat due to radio cd player being fitted in the rear of the boat as well as at the front. The inside of the boat has been finished in a first class condition. All the staff we came in contact with were only to pleased to be helpful. Our trip to Bath and back was a delight with a variety of pubs to visit on the way. We looking forward to returning to Foxhangers for another adventure.
Thank you all, R A