The canals are safe and we are looking forward to welcoming you to the Kennet & Avon Canal in 2021.  The ideal environment for maintaining a social distance whilst enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the canal.

We were able to re-open in July 2020 as UK canals were reopened to full navigation. New measures were put in place to help keep our staff and customers safe during the pandemic. These measures are based on the guidelines produced by Government, British Marine and the Canal & River Trust.

A boating holiday adventure is out in the open-air. The Kennet & Avon Canal is uncrowded. You share the boat only with family or friends (if permitted). You can bring food with you, or shop in small shops in small towns, or in supermarkets close to your boat. You do not have to mix with strangers on the towpath any more than if you went out for a walk at home.

Disinfectant Fogging between Hire's

If your boat has been occupied within the last 3 days prior to your arrival, as part of our cleaning protocol we have new disinfectant foggers that emit a fine disinfectant vapour inside the entire boat.  Don’t worry this is totally safe and will be the new normal for many other accommodation providers during these unusual times.

Extra Hygiene Measures

We have introduced extra cleaning measures for all our boats between each hire.  This includes the use of approved antiviral cleaning products and paying extra attention to surfaces that are touched regularly, such as door handles, taps, guard rails and keys.  We are also ensuring our reception areas are regularly cleaned, and hand gel or hand washing facilities are available.

Government Restrictions

You will need to be mindful of any Government restrictions that may be in place for larger multi household groups.  However, we leave it to your judgement and discretion in terms of your choice of holiday companions, given that Government direction may become less restrictive as the days and weeks pass.

Boat Handovers

We are providing extra information to customers in advance of their holidays, about our boats and how to operate them.  A physical handover of the boats will still take place with a member of staff wearing PPE (gloves & masks etc).  The handover will include instruction on how to steer and operate the boat.

Pubs and Restaurants

The pubs and restaurants along the canal have all reopened having worked very hard to make sure that they are Covid Safe, with most having a takeaway option as well as eating in. If there are any further government restrictions during 2021, we will let you have up to date information on arrival.

Social Distancing

We have put in new social distancing measures.  These include signage to help keep staff and customers apart, as well as staggering boat collection and return times to reduce the number of people on site at one time.

Staying Alert, Staying Aware

Our staff have received comprehensive training in the new procedures.

We will also be asking all customers who have been aboard our boats whether anyone has shown Coronavirus symptoms during the trip

Book with Confidence – our Guarantee

We all need something to look forward to in these uncertain times. That is why we are now offering a free Coronavirus Guarantee to all new bookings in 2021. If you are not able to go on your Foxhangers’ boating holiday due to Government direction you will be able to:

  •    move your holiday to a later date with no amendment charge; or
  •    receive a full no quibble refund if Government direction prohibits you from taking your 2021 holiday.

* For further details of our Coronavirus Guarantee visit


There’s more advice and guidance for using the canals safely here:
Up to date travel advice from the government can be found here: