Canal hire firms on the canals of Northern England & Scotland
The Inland Waterways of Northern England and lowland Scotland were at the heart of
the Industrial Revolution, linking the ports of Hull and Liverpool to the manufacturing
centres of Manchester and Leeds, and linking Glasgow and Edinburgh to the central Scottish manufacturing areas. They made fortunes for owners and merchants, carrying raw materials to the developing cities and finished goods to markets and the coast. They also provided cross country links between the east and west coast, avoiding the need to brave the open seas.
Now most of the industries are silent, and hiring a narrowboat on one of these canals opens up access some of the most impressive scenery in Britain. The majestic Pennine hills are crossed by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the Rochdale Canal. The recently reopened Scottish Lowland Canals have reunited Glasgow and Edinburgh via the amazing Falkirk Wheel. And though the Lancaster Canal has lost some of its isolation since the opening of the Ribble Link across the River Ribble, but it still meanders peacefully bounded by the Irish Sea and the Pennine Hills, hopefully one day to again reach the edge of the Lake District at Kendal.
Capercaillie Cruisers based at Falkirk on the Forth and Clyde Canal offer an outstanding holiday with the personal touch on Scotland's 'newest' canal! See historic Edinburgh and the stunning new 'Falkirk Wheel'.
Scotland Canal Holidays based near the world famous Falkirk Wheel have well equipped 2 to 10 berth boats. All boats have bathroom with shower & galley with full size cooker.
Shire Cruisers operate from a picturesque basin on the Calder & Hebble Navigation. As well as the interesting Yorkshire waterways you can explore the recently restored Rochdale Canal.
Yorkshire Narrowboats on a lovely spot of the canal at Sprotbrough Lock, Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation. Our luxury narrowboats are beautifully crafted, giving our guests the best hiring experience.
Arlen Hire Boats hire modern comfortable boats from a convenient base in Preston. You can cruise the 42 lock free miles of the Lancaster Canal to the edge of the Lake District.
Duck Island Boat Company The fastest way to slow down cruising in superior style aboard a luxurious bespoke canal boat. We offer an intriguing opportunity for a spot of pure relaxation and self indulgence.
Crabtree Narrowboat Hire are a small and friendly narrowboat hire company offering superbly equipped, brand new boats. For family holidays or a tranquil getaway, you will find a warm welcome with us.
Pintail Boats Narrowboat and Widebeam holidays from the most northerly point of Lancaster Canal, offering over 40 miles of lock-free cruising along one of the country’s most peaceful and picturesque waterways.
Water Farm Boat Hire offer 3 narrowboats (1 pet-free & the other 2 pet-friendly) for hire on the beautiful lock-free Lancaster Canal. Convenient Barton Grange marina start, full training given.
“Boatique” holidays by bearBOATING on the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Cruise the spectacular Yorkshire Dales in one of our luxurious 57’ long narrowboats.
On a Canal Boat Cruises holiday on the Leeds & Liverpool canal there's no rush! Luxury 6 & 8 berth boats based at Riley Green in the idyllic Lancashire country side.
4 star accredited by Quality in Tourism England Hapton Valley Boats is “The fastest way to slow down”. Our luxury narrowboats and wide beam canal boats, all fitted with Real Fuel Stoves, are second to none.
Pennine Cruisers are based in Skipton on the tranquil Leeds Liverpool canal, renown for its spectacular scenery. In addition to weekly hire they offer short breaks, w/e and day hire.
Family run Silsden Boats , situated in traditional Yorkshire village on picturesque Leeds Liverpool canal. 22 boats, 2 to 9 berth, 5 widebeam, all under 5yrs old. All Inclusive, No Extras.
Snaygill Boats are based in Skipton on the peaceful and beautiful Leeds & Liverpool canal, crossing the Pennine Hills and Yorkshire Dales. Full details in on-line brochure.