Day Boat Hire

A UK Canal Boating Article

Category : General


Although we do not take bookings for day boats in this office , we can recommend a National company who have marinas around the UK that offer day boat hire see their website or ring them on 01905 610660

If you have thought about taking a canal boat holiday but are not sure if you would like it then a day boat hire is the ideal way to find out. Hiring a canal boat for the day not only gives you a taster it is also a great way to 'learn the ropes'.

You don't need any canal boating experience or qualifications and you will receive full instructions on how to operate the canal boat. Hiring a canal boat for the day gives you the chance to experience the benefits of canal boat hire.

Hiring a canal boat for the day offers you the opportunity to see the wildlife up close and to explore the area at your own leisurely pace. Celebrate your special occasion with something a little bit different the canal boats are perfect for family parties, stag or hen events, get togethers or reunions.
Hiring a canal boat for the day is the perfect way to introduce the children to the wonders of canal boating. Depending on the route they can help with the locks and bridges and even, with adult supervision, have a go a steering the canal boat.

We operate canal boat day hire from 11 locations :

Hilperton Marina near Bath on the Kennet and Avon Canal

Goytre near Abergavenny on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Aldermaston near Reading or Newbury on the Kennet & Avon Canal

Anderton Marina near Northwich in Cheshire on the Trent & Mersey Canal

Blackwater Meadow Marina in Ellesmere in Shropshire on the Llangollen canal

Whitchurch marina in Shropshire on the Llangollen Canal

Alvechurch marina in Worcs very close to Birmingham

Falkirk marina nr Stirling in Scotland close to the famous Falkirk Wheel

Union Wharf Marina in Market Harborough in Leics nr the Foxton Locks

Farncombe Boat House - on the River Wey in Surrey

Fox Boats in March- Cambs on the Fens

Each location offers you unique cruising opportunities and a range of canal side attractions to visit .


Do we need any previous experience?
You do not need any experience as you will be given instructions at check in regarding the operation of the canal boat, safety aspects and the 'rules of the road'.

Can we bring our dog?
As with our canal boat holidays we know how important your pet is to you so well behaved dogs are welcome.

What do we wear?
We recommend that you wear flat non slip shoe for your comfort and safety when aboard the canal boats. Comfortable casual clothing are a must and bring a waterproof in case of rain.

What safety equipment is on board?
Life jackets will be supplied to children and non swimmers, also to other adults if requested. There will be a life buoy on board each boat.

Can we bring our own picnic?
You can pack your own food and drink and then moor up for a picnic lunch

Where can we stop along the way?
You can moor up more or less anywhere along the towpath side of the canal. Take care to not block the way for other canal boats to pass by or moor in restricted or private moorings.



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