Company offering discount on charter trips on the Thames, Norfolk Broads and Scotland's Caledonian Canal

Well-known boat charter firm Le Boat is offering 15% off all 2009 boating breaks in the UK to celebrate the 40th anniversary of legislation that “transformed the UK’s canal system”.

In 1968, legislation was introduced that helped transform the UK’s ailing waterways from an all-but abandoned Georgian transport network into a booming tourism success that is now enjoyed by more than 1.5m million people a week, the company said.

Destinations such as the Thames, Norfolk Broads, and Caledonian Canal are included in the offer. There’s also a chance to win a free holiday on the company’s website.

Cheryl Powell, MD of Le Boat, said: “The vibrancy of today’s 2200-mile network of waterways is a testament to the transformation of our rivers and canals since 1968.”

“Demand for this appealing and relaxing holiday experience continues to grow, even more so in the UK as the threat of the credit crunch grows. In addition, UK holidays now appeal to a more environmental aware traveller so the future of our waterways can only continue to go from strength to strength.”