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Check back here from time to time for the latest news on what we are up to and latest developments concerning the operation of Ellerbeck Narrowboats

Make a reservation without paying a deposit at the moment - 26th March 2020

Given the current situation it is obviously very quiet when the phone should be ringing and our inbox full with bookings.

We appreciate that there is so much uncertainty at the moment so why not try and plan a trip with us and have something to look forward to when this is all over.

Normally I would be asking for 50% of the total cost of your booking to reserve a boat and be giving up to 7 days to get this payment to us but this is not practical at the moment.

In view of this why not make a reservation with us for after 1st July 2020 and I will contact you nearer the time for a deposit when we know if the booking can go ahead.

This way you have something to look forward to, get a required date and when we know that the restrictions are lifted we will have bookings that we can call upon.

Please visit our website at to make a reservation and remember we do not require a deposit at this stage until we can confirm the booking will go ahead.

Many thanks

UPDATE - 22nd March 2020

As you can appreciate and understand it is with regret that we really have no option other than to cancel bookings with us due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) virus.

Everyone has been told to socially distance themselves and self-isolate etc and it would be socially irresponsible for us to continue operating.  This would go against Government advice so the most responsible thing for us to do is to cancel bookings with immediate effect until at least 30th April 2020 and review this on a month by month basis depending on the situation at the time.

We do hope that you understand and would be happy to reschedule your bookings with us at a later date within 9 months from the original date of hire.  The reason for this is to try and reduce the impact on our 2021 season where we will be able start afresh and concentrate on the future of our businesses.

If you would like a refund, we would rather you didn’t and opt to reschedule your booking, but if you do, please call me on 01257 480 825 although could I ask you to consider the implications on us as a small business in this very difficult, uncertain and unprecedented time.

I am not sure if you were considering breakfast, lunch or buffet food from The Boatyard Bus Café as part of your canal boat trip, but as you are probably aware, all cafes and restaurants have also had to close until further notice by Government request.

I have already had a couple of bookings reschedule to a later date in the year and if you have an upcoming booking with us you are more than welcome to contact me to do the same.  Obviously, any rescheduled bookings will be subject to the Coronavirus situation at the time and may well be cancelled once again.

Any further updates will regarding your individual booking will be relayed directly by email but should you wish to keep up to date on how the situation is currently directly affecting us then please follow this page and Facebook for the latest developments.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact me on 01257 480 825 or by replying top this email. 

Look after yourselves and your families at this difficult time, continue to follow all the Government advice and hopefully we can get you on the canal sometime soon.

Finally, may I take this opportunity of thanking you for your support and we look forward to welcoming you all here at Ellerbeck Narrowboats as soon as possible.

Kind regards

Lucien Burkhardt
Ellerbeck Narrowboats

Leeds and Liverpool Canal Closure - August 2018

If you haven't heard already Canal and River Trust are announcing the closure of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal from the beginning of August 2018 as a temporary measure during the hot weather to preserve water levels due to insufficient water reserves in the reservoirs that supply the canal.

This is a little misleading in that "closure" actually means closure of the locks and not complete closure of the canal.

Our boats only travel between the top of the Wigan locks to the bottom of Johnson Hillock locks in Wheelton, the other side of Chorley to us.

This means that we are still able to operate as usual and this measure should maintain the water level causing us fewer problems with boats running aground and picking up weeds leaves and rubbish etc on the boats' propeller.


2018 Botany Bay Canal Festival cancelled

Unfortunately Botany Bay have found it necessary not to proceed with the Canal Fest for this year following two successful years to date. They are still considering running it again next year and we will again offer our support by running trips along the canal.

There is however, plans to organise an alternative small event independently of Botany Bay at Botany Bay by some of the traders and operators involved.

Unfortunately Ellerbeck Narrowboats will not be participating in this event as between cancellation of the Canal Fest and announcements that the alternative event may be taking place we had already booked our canal boats out on usual private hire.

Please accept my apologies although we hope to see you aboard one of our boats for a day or evening out in the future.

Lucien @ Ellerbeck Narrowboats

Cold food is Zero rated VAT!!

The price of our food in association with Katy's Kitchen in Chorley has been reduced by 20%!!!

Following further investigation we are now happy that the food we can offer you is not subject to the standard rate of VAT (20%) and following this investigation have reduced our prices accordingly.

Full details and an order form can be found on our website by clicking here.

Botany Canal Fest - August Bank Holiday weekend Sun 27th and Mon 28th August 2017

After the success of last years celebrations we are happy to confirm that Ellerbeck Narrowboats will be back at the Botany Bay Canal Festival 2017 on Bank Holiday Weekend - Sunday 27th & Monday 28th of August!

Join us at Botany Bay where we will be offering 40 minute cruises along the stunning stretch of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, you can even have a go at driving the boat!

Tickets will be available on the day from canal side, just look out for one of our happy faces!

This event offers free parking, is child friendly and offers a great day out for all the family so cancel any plans you may have and come down and see us!

For full details of the event see the organisers Facebook event page Here.

Celebration or treat cakes

In association with The Blackrod Cake Company, we are pleased to be able to offer you a range of cakes for that special occasion or just to enjoy during your day or evening on board our boats.

Let us organise that special treat of a birthday cake, a cake for a special occasion or just some scones to go with your brew, all made fresh and delivered to the boat all ready and waiting for when you arrive.

As The Blackrod Cake Company specialise only in making cakes they are more than happy to create your own personalised cake for any occasion.

Full details and an order form can be found on our website by clicking here.

Skippered boat trips

You can now hire a boat with us for the day complete with a Skipper to steer the boat for you. You are still more than welcome to have a go at steering. Skippers are provided subject to availability and at an extra £45.00 charge to our usual daily hire rates. Full details and the abiility to make a reservations can be found on our website by clicking here.

Food for your trip

Take away all hassle of sorting food for everyone by letting us take care of that as well. I association with Katy's Kitchen we can offer freshly prepared buffet meals delivered to the boat just before you arrive. Details of this can be found by clicking here.

Calor 6Kg Propane

Due to a few requests we now stock the 6Kg propane Calor gas bottles.

These are exchangeable for £18.50 (Inc 5% VAT) or with a £39.99 (Inc 20% VAT) bottle deposit plus £18.50 (Inc 5% VAT) for the gas (See Calor's Refills, exchanges and returns web page for more details).