You may find this page useful in answering many of the questions you may have about narrowboating holidays.
Tuition Do I Need?
• What Time Do We Need To Arrive & Depart?
• What Maps & Guides Are Available?
• What Licences Are Required & Restrictions?
• Is A Narrow Boat Holiday Suitable For Young Children?
• What If I Am An Overseas Visitors?
• Can We Bring Pets?
• Is Fishing Allowed?
• What Should We Do About Groceries?
• Can We Charge Our Mobile Phone/Camcorder?
• Are Their Any Extras To Pay?
• Is Their A Narrowboat Course I Can Take
• Can We Look Before We Book?
No previous experience is necessary, as our boats are extremely easy to handle and full tuition is given at the start of every holiday. Comprehensive cruising information is in the manual on the boat and sent out with the holiday confirmation to introduce you to the theory of locks and the 'rules of the road'.
We endeavor to have boats ready for collection at 3.00pm on the start day of your holiday. The boat must be back at the base and completely vacated by by 9.30am on the return date. As our teams have a very tight schedule to prepare and service the boat for the next guests, there is a charge applicable for any late return of the boat.
The Pearson's and Nicholson's guides are superb for locating all the sites of interest, pubs, shops and facilities along your route. The guides relevant to each route are indicated in the Cruising routes section of the site, and may be ordered at the time of booking or purchased at the start of the holiday.
You do not need a driving licence for a narrowboat, and their are no age restrictions, but children must be kept under strict supervision to prevent accidents and comply with insurance regulations. The maximum number of people on board is restricted to the number of berths, with an absolute maximum of twelve.
The boats are licensed for all the waterways under British Waterways control (like road tax for boats), but there are a few waterways outside their jurisdiction for which you will need to purchase an additional license such as the Rivers Avon, Thames and Wey
A narrowboat holiday is superb for families. We have a number of accessories that are available free of charge, on request:
• PVC mesh netting fixed around the stern of boats with a cruiser stern.
• Buoyancy aids for both children and adults (these do not need to be booked in advance and may be requested upon arrival at the marina).
• Cot-sides for standard berths, depending upon the boat layout.
Simply indicate your requirements on the booking form.
In addition to the full bed linen provided for all customers, we also supply towels for visitors traveling from overseas. If this brochure has a travel agents stamp, we recommend you make your booking via them - they will be able to help you with other travel requirements in addition to the narrowboat holiday. Otherwise you are welcome to book direct with us on
+ 44 1905 610660
This really is a holiday the whole family can enjoy together. There is a charge of just £30 for each pet. We obviously request that the boat is returned in a clean and tidy condition and reserve the right to charge for any additional cleaning or repairs required as a result of pets being on board during your holiday or to restrict or refuse pets.
Fishing is prohibited on British rivers between 15th March and 15th June. Fishing is allowed outside these dates and on canals at any time, but a license is required. This is available from any post office with a 1-day, 8-day or annual license to choose from. For reasons of hygiene, we regret that live bait may not be kept on the boat.
One of the pleasures of a canal holiday is the option to stop off and experience towns and villages along the way, shopping as and when you need supplies. There is information on how to get groceries in the booklet sent 8 weeks before the holiday.
All of our boats have a 12-volt electricity supply with a car type cigar lighter socket that can be used with a mobile phone in-car adaptor lead. Although there is a 240-volt electricity supply on many of our boats, this is not always suitable for the supply of low currents for long periods. 110-volt AC supply is not available in the UK.
The brochure details the items inclusive to your holiday. There are some compulsory charges in addition to the brochure price such as cancellation Protection Fee (calculated at the rate of 4% of the hire charge), Accidental Damage Waiver Fee at £50, and a deposit for fuel £75 per week or £40 per short break (The hirer pays for fuel consumed at the end of the holiday). There are also some options for those who want them such as pets at £25 each, additional berths on some boats at £25 per short break or £50 per week and we can arrange for details of Personal Holiday Insurance (strongly recommended) for UK customers if required. Payment by debit cards are free but there is a 2% charge for payments made by credit cards. Further details of all these are available in our our brochure.
The basic skills of handling a boat are quickly learnt and our handover team will show you all you need to know to truly enjoy your holiday. However, if you have a duty of care to a group, or simply out of interest, our Helmsman's course offers the opportunity to develop your skills and attain an RYA qualification. For more information please call 0330 3330 595.
before you book
Our bases are open 7 days a week throughout the cruising season and we welcome inspection of our boats before you book. Please phone before you arrive to ensure that they are open and boats are available for viewing.
Wharf: 01189 714123
Alvechurch Marina - 0121 445 1133
Anderton Marina - 01606 79642
Blackwater Meadow - 01691 624391
Falkirk Base - 01324 627212
Gayton Marina - 01604 858685
Goytre Wharf - 01873 880516
Hilperton Marina - 01225 765243
Union Wharf: 01858 432123
Wrenbury Mill - 01270 780 544
note that the marinas and bases are unable to give vacancy information. These
enquiries must be made direct to the booking office on Tel: 0330 3330 590
(UK local rates apply)
From Overseas dial +44 1905 734168