Canal Boat Hire Questions

Are the canal boats easy to operate?

Yes, the waters are mostly current free and cruising speed is only three to four miles per hour making operating a canal boat child's play. We give you full training and tuition on the canal boat and operating the locks - all included in the price you pay!

Mooring for the lock to be made ready

Do you offer day hire / trips ?

No, our canal boats have sleeping accommodation which day boats do not need. Our minimum canal boat rental is 3 nights, but if you wish, you can bring the canal boat back earlier.

Filling the lock

Do I need a license to operate the narrow boat ?

No you will not need a license and you will be given all the training you need to get started.

Entering the emptied lock

Where can with stop with the canal boat?

You can moor anywhere along the canal where it is safe to do so and there are no signs prohibiting this ie : permanent mooring/private moorings. It is advised to moor adjacent to the towpath for easy access. Mooring pegs are provided on the canal boat if there are no tie off points. You also have the option of mooring in a marina if they offer vistor moorings. There may be a small charge for this.

Entering the emptied lock

Is there car parking?

Free car parking is available at all our canal boat marina locations.

Car parking is available at all the marinas

What happens if we have a problem?

Our dedicated team are on hand twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for emergencies. Your safety and enjoyment are our paramount concern.

Do I need insurance?

The only thing that is not insured by us are (a) your car which is probably protected under your motor policy and (b) your personal possessions which are also probably covered under your house contents insurance but please check your own policies carefully.

The lock filling

Can I fish?

Fishing is allowed on the canals at any time of year, but a Rod Licence is required - you can get a 1 day, 8 day, or annual licence from the post office, or Online at the Environment website:

Opening the lock gates once the lock has filled


Opening the lock


We have listed some frequently asked questions below to help you with your canal boat holiday.

If we have not covered a question that you have, please feel free to email us
and we will do our best to answer your question.

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