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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.

WE WILL BE OPERATING AS USUAL DURING THE CANAL "CLOSURE".


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


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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).