There is nothing quite like hiring boats on the Inland waterways. Enforced relaxation, while cruising along at no more than a few miles an hour, then some enforced activity as you come to a flight of locks. Camaraderie when you meet other boats for hire, friendliness when you tie up at the pub for a drink or a meal. This is a holiday of contrasts, taken at a slow pace. The variety is endless, city, town, village and country, wide canal, narrow canal and river. Every bend brings forth some new feature. You can never see it all, no matter how many times you return. But why worry? Narrowboat and barge hire is for relaxation, for unwinding from every day pressures, for doing what you like, when you like.

Our business is hiring boats for self-drive holidays on over two thousand miles of tranquil waterways, threading their way through some of Britain 's most beautiful and unspoiled countryside, offering a haven for wildlife and an insight into our industrial heritage. We provide boats for hire to suit all sizes of party from just two, to twelve. Narrowboat and barge hire is our speciality and customers have been hiring boats from us for over 30 years.

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