So to celebrate we decided to spend four nights on a barge on the Lancaster Canal. Not quite the Maldives we at one point were considering, but we were so looking forward to it, it might as well have been. The canal boat we booked was a luxury one and had a walnut interior, leather sofa that reclined, a 32" TV and a double bed completed with double doors onto a little seating area at the front of the boat.
We arrived on the Tuesday and after a lesson on how to drive the boat, including mooring off, pulling in and turning around, we were off on our adventure from Garstang to Morecambe Bay. The Lancaster Canal is a beautiful part of the country and we passed stone Aqueducts which took us over roads and rivers, stunning gardens filled with a rainbow of flowers, and saw a whole host of wildlife as we punted by. The canal actually covers 41 miles of lock-free cruising, much to Mr H's relief, and features some impressive architecture dating back to 1797.
Our anniversary was on the Thursday and Mr H had booked in us a lovely restaurant in Lancaster, so we moored back up down there, donned our glad rags and spent some time on dry land. It was amazing to just have so much time to chat without anyone else around and it felt like a date. I even got those flutterings in my tummy as I realised how lucky I am to have such an amazing man in my life.
I've put together a video of our trip, which you can have a look at below. We hired our boat from The Duck Island Boat Company and I can highly recommend them. The boat was stunning and to a really high standard, plus the owners were so friendly and always on hand should be need them at any point.