Wandering Duck

Wandering Duck is a new business which has set up on the edge of the Peak District National Park at Bugsworth Basin.

Unlike traditional hire boats, Wandering Duck is a hosted 2 night experience. They do the cooking and take care of the boat whilst you relax and enjoy the scenery.

Help out with the locks, have a go at steering, brew a round of drinks, but don’t feel like you have to do anything. Also, unlike hire boats, you don’t have to organise a group of friends together.

Hosts Mark & Ruth are keen travellers.  They managed a small backpacker hostel in New Zealand that was voted “Best in New Zealand” by Hostelbookers customers during their year of management.  They’ve put the same philosophy in to Wandering Duck so you’ll find shared bunk cabins and a budget price tag to reflect this.

Wandering Duck have trips with or without the locks, and they can even organise other activities such as walking, kayaking, brewery tours, and mountain biking if you let them know in advance.

Come on your own and meet other people. If you do have the organisation to get a group together, you can talk to them about chartering the boat exclusively.  This option also good for families with older children.

 Perfect for your first experience on the canal.

 On board you’ll find plenty of comforts – central heating for those cold evenings, a guitar on the wall, an ipod with an eclectic choice of music, and even an honesty bar.  Help yourself to lager, wine, and even real ale on a hand pump, and pay at the end of your trip.  The two bathrooms have hot, powerful showers, and bunk beds have individual reading lights.

A 2 night canal boat experience costs £95 per person midweek, or £115 per person at the weekend.  Prices include all meals, home-made cakes, tea, real ground coffee, and hot chocolate with marshmallows.

For more information visit their website – www.wanderingduck.co.uk or phone Ruth on 07584 122614


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