December 8, 2017 -

The fastest way to slow down

Ramsay Cudlipp takes to the canal on a Foxhangers holiday

‘IT’S the best method of forced relaxation,’said my new friend Sarah, as our boats gently bumped against each other in the lock. We were three days into our week-long journey along the Kennet and Avon Canal and I knew exactly what she meant. Living on a narrow-boat – and travelling in it – is one of the most tranquil holidays you can experience. Everyone you meet – such as people like Sarah, who we learned had owned a narrow-boat for nine years and spent at least two months of the year exploring the K&A – is unfailingly friendly and helpful, and you’re all operating at a slower pace than normal.