Canal hire firms on Midland canals & South Wales canals
The network of canals radiating out from Birmingham were once at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, generating enormous development and wealth by carrying raw materials to the developing cities and finished goods to markets throughout Britain, and to seaports for export to the rest of the world. Birmingham itself still has hundreds of miles of Birmingham Canal Navigations, no longer industrial but an important and fascinating feature of the area's regeneration. With so many cruising routes and rings the Midlands is a holiday cruising centre
The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal meanders across Cannock Chase down to the River Severn at Stourport. The Rivers Severn and Avon have long trading histories, the Severn being an important route to Shrewsbury and Wales in medieval times and the (Warwickshire) Avon was navigable up to Stratford in the 17th century. The Coventry Canal and the lock free Ashby Canal once served coalfields now buried under green vegetation. The Worcester and Birmingham Canal cuts through tunnels and many locks on its descent to Worcester and the Stratford Canal ends in a basin alongside the famous Theatre on the River Avon. Across the Severn Estuary in South Wales the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal winds through the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.
Ashby Boat Company Ltd. friendly helpful company located on the tranquil Ashby canal . Their fleet has been inspected by The "Visit Britain Quality Assurance Scheme" Short break /Weekly & Day hire.
Fox Narrowboats a family run firm offer 4-5 star graded narrowboats on the Cambridgeshire Waterways. Short breaks and weekly hire. Cruise to Ely and Cambridge or explore The Fens.
Excellence Afloat at Valley Cruises are a small family operated business offering you the highest standards of service and accommodation, all with a friendly and helpful approach.
Beacon Park Boats Unrivalled luxury, ultimate relaxation. Unwind however you choose, for as long as you like, aboard our 5* canalboats, in the splendour of the Brecon Beacons.
Cambrian Cruisers are a friendly family run firm who offer modern hire cruisers on the beautiful and tranquil Monmouth and Brecon Canal in South Wales. All details are here in their on-line brochure.
Castle Narrowboats offer you a fleet of modem, comfortable canal boats, including electric powered narrowboats, in which you can discover the beauty of Wales
Country Craft Narrowboats based amid the award winning five locks at Llangynidr, an excellent location to begin a week's hire or a short break on one of their small fleet of narrowboats.
Road House Narrowboat Hire is a small family run business offering four beautiful, traditional narrowboats that are easy to handle with full tuition and support throughout your holiday.
Nene Valley Boats Small family run business offering 2-6 berth traditional narrowboats for holiday hire on the River Nene. Explore from Northampton to Peterborough, the Fens and the River Great Ouse.
Starline Narrowboats are a small, friendly, family-run company based at Stourport on Severn. Cruises include the majestic River Severn, Shakespeare's River Avon to Stratford or the scenic West Midlands canals.
Charnwood Boat Hire Ideally situated to explore the River Soar and the Grand Union and Trent and Mersey canals we are a small family firm providing comfortable boats at reasonable prices.
From our new base at Autherley Junction, Napton Narrowboats family-run fleet now gives you the widest choice of boats and routes.
Valley Cruises base on the Stratford-upon Avon canal is ideally placed in Shakespeare's 'Heart of England'' to cruise the beautiful River Avon, the Avon Ring and other Midlands waterways.
Brook Line Narrow Holidays, a small friendly family hire firm with ten 2 to 9 berth narrowboats. Short breaks, weeks or more, Stourport and Avon rings or just take a slow cruise.