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PlanetSKI Looks Back at Being PlanetBOAT

Earlier in July we spent a few days river cruising on the Thames. We can’t access the Alps at the moment so we’re doing a few activities here in the UK. See our updated report.

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Our editor, James Cove, and his wife the PlanetSKI social media supremo, Kisia Cove, headed towards Marlow in Buckinghamshire from Chertsey on a 4-day and 3-night trip.

They travelled with the inland waterway specialist, Le Boat, and this was their home and mode of transport.

The Caprice.

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Words and steering: James Cove

Pictures/Videos and knots: Kisia Cove

We start with some images of the trip.

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

See here for the start of their adventure in their first blog when things didn’t quite go to plan:

Things then improved.

Sort of.

And on the final day they (almost) mastered it:

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

Cruising with Le Boat. Image © PlanetSKI

FACT BOX:

Le Boat is the No.1 provider of inland water boating holidays, bringing together 50 years of experience, expertise and memories.

It has a fleet of large self-drive cruisers, allowing entire families to stay on board and to explore their chosen region.

The self-drive Benson Return river cruise, allows holidaymakers to explore the western section of the River Thames.

Here moorings are easy to find and the distance between locks is greater than at the river’s eastern end, which means more cruising.

Staying on Le Boat craft means that guests have their own private bubble, with no need to worry about social distancing.

The dreaming spires and universities of Oxford are a six-hour cruise to the west of Benson, or head east and in six hours boaters can be in Henley-on-Thames, the home of British rowing.

Perfect for those seeking an affordable staycation and with no previous experience necessary, Le Boat’s Thames holidays can be whatever guests want them to be, from a full-on action-packed adventure to a slow-paced, relaxing chance to unwind.

This year, Le Boat’s boating season will run until 31 October 2021 in England. Next year’s boating season will run 1 April – 31 October 2022.

The boat and accommodation For the three nights of your trip you travelled on a Le Boat Caprice sleeping a maximum of six.

The two en-suite staterooms are located forward, leaving lots of room in the rear for the saloon and aft deck. The saloon has a radio/CD player and MP3/USB connectivity.

Sample price:

A three-night self-catered cruise on the River Thames during the 2021 boating season, starting and finishing at Le Boat’s base at Benson, is priced from £389 per boat.

Transport to and from the base is not included.

Contact Le Boat Le Boat (023 9280 9124, www.leboat.co.uk

And check out some of the other activities we have been doing and are about to experience as the mountains remain out-of-bounds for practical purposes.

Summer on PlanetSKI

Across this summer as we can’t get to the mountains of Europe PlanetSKI is trying its hand at some UK based activities.

From hiking the South Downs Way & the SW Coastal Path, to taking a flying lesson over SE England.

We’ll be reporting on our adventures later.

South Downs Way. Image © PlanetSKII

South Downs Way. Image © PlanetSKI

SW Coastal Path. Image © PlanetSKI

SW Coastal Path. Image © PlanetSKI

Compton Abbas airfiled, Dorset. Image © PlanetSKI

Compton Abbas airfiled, Dorset. Image © PlanetSKI

Visits to Scotland and Wales are on the cards.

We’re planning to reach the top of Ben Nevis and Mt Snowdon.

Plus, we’re taking to water with kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and more besides.

Oh, and the odd music festival too.

PlanetSKI at the Latitude Festival. Image © PlanetSKI

PlanetSKI at the Latitude Festival. Image © PlanetSKI

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