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Narrow Boat Hire Information

Do I need insurance?

The narrowboat and contents are fully insured. 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.

Do we need previous experience?

You do not need any previous experience, or a boat licence, you will be given all the training you need to get started. The waters are mostly current free and cruising speed is only three to four miles per hour making operating a narrowboat child's play.

How do I book?

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Where can I moor ?

You can moor up wherever you want, just tie up by a towpath so you can get on and off the narrow boat easily, or better still outside a pub!!

Is there car parking ?

Free car parking is available at all of our narrowboat locations. Many of our marinas are also close to main line railway stations.

What if I have a problem with the boat ?

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

Can I buy Canal Maps/Guides ?

Our welcome folder is full of narrow boat hire information and good advice. We would recommend buying a canal map to plan your trip. We sell maps at the marinas (subject to stock) or if you want to plan ahead you can buy online via our Amazon bookshop.

Do you operate day hire ?

We do not do day hire as our narrowboats are equipped with sleeping accommodation. Our minimum rental period is 3 nights, but you can bring the narrowboat back earlier if you wish.

Fishing ?

Fishing Is allowed on the canals at any time of year, but a rod licence is required and you can get a 1 day, 8 day, or annual licence from the post office, or online at the Environment website:

Shopping ?

Part of the narrowboat experience is stopping off and visiting the villages and towns along the way, so you can stock up with groceries as you go along, although all our marinas are close to towns where there is a supermarket if you want to get the basics before you set off. There are lots of pubs and some cafes along the canals, some have their own moorings, and some are just a short stroll away.

How do locks work ?

Take a look at our locks article and learn more about how they work.

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