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Hire a boat for the day from 9am to 5pm or from 10am to 6pm.
During the summer months the boats could be available for a longer day up to 10pm at night during daylight hours.
A full safety briefing and comprehensive handover given prior to departure so no previous experience is necessary.
Hiring a boat for the day on the canal is an ideal way to celebrate any occasion such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries, graduations, a day out with the kids or just a day out for a couple to get away from it all.
No previous experience necessary as you will be shown everything you need to know on arrival
Café in a double decker bus within the grounds of the boatyard with seating indoors on the top deck and outdoors beside the canal. Serving breakfast and lunch or just a quality coffee and a slice of cake during your day out on one of our boats or while taking the dog for a walk along the canal.
Currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictionsVisit The Boatyard Bus Café website →
As well as hiring boats to bring new people onto the canal, we also offer services to people who already own a boat.
We offer red diesel, Calor gas, smokeless pet coke for solid fuel stoves, pump outs and portable cassette toilet disposal.
Take a look at our range of personalised gift certificates and monetary vouchers for that unique present.
Our stretch of canal takes in many scenic places of interest and lots of places to stop and enjoy a bite to eat.
All our boats have a large decking with seating for all
Find out how to hire a narrowboat from us
Enjoy a day on the canal with your friends, family or work colleages. Ideal for family days out, friends, reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, work outings, etc.
Our boats are available to hire during the day or for the evening. They are easy to handle, so no previous experience is necessary.
We pride ourselves in our training and are RYA Inland Waters Helmsman certified. When you arrive we will conduct a safety brief, demonstrate how the boats works, offer everyone in the group buoyancy aids and will offer to come out with you to show you how to steer the boat, turn it around, moor up, tie up and explain the rules of the waterways.
We are in the middle of a 12 mile stretch of canal between locks as the boats are not permitted to travel through the locks.
A detailed explanation of how to hire a boat from the initial enquiry to the time you get home from your day out can be found by visiting our Hiring a boat page.
Each of our boats take a maximum of 10 persons on board which includes small children and babies.
If you have more than 10 people in your group why not consider hiring more than one boat.